The Birmingham Black Barons was a professional baseball team active in the Negro Leagues from 1920 to 1960. They played their home games at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama. The team had its greatest success in the 1940s, winning three Negro National League pennants (1943, 1944, and 1949). Unfortunately, the Black Barons lost all three […]

Whether he is viewed as a privateer, businessman, or pirate one thing is for certain: Miguel Enriquez’s career during the early 18th century was very eventful.   Branching Out and Business Methods At the end of the 1700s and beginning of the 1710s, his fleet proved to be a thorn in the side of the British. He would eventually […]

Coleman Alexander Young was an politician who served as mayor of Detroit, Michigan from 1974 to 1994. Young was the first black mayor of Detroit. He also became the city’s longest-serving mayor. Young was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to William Coleman Young, a dry cleaner, and Ida Reese Jones. His family moved to Detroit in […]

By 1921, Tulsa was booming thanks to the discovery of oil, and many African Americans had also prospered. Most black people lived in the racially segregated “Greenwood” section of the city, which contained stores, shops, hotels, banks, newspapers, schools, theaters, and restaurants. Greenwood had several wealthy black entrepreneurs and was sometimes called the “Black Wall […]

Civil rights leader Hosea Williams often referred to himself as the “thug” of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He was known for his militancy and ability to organize demonstrations and mobilize protesters. Throughout this time, he was arrested more than 125 times. Even Dr. Martin Luther King out of endearment called him “my wild man, my […]

Onnie Lee Logan was a well-respected midwife of Alabama who became a folk hero when her life story was published. Logan was born around 1910. Growing up in rural Alabama, she always knew she would follow in her mother’s and grandmother’s footsteps of becoming a midwife. For over 50 years, Lee delivered hundreds of babies […]

Piankhi was an ancient Kushite king and founder of the 25th dynasty of Egypt who ruled from 747 B.C. to 722 B.C. He ruled from the city of Napata, located deep in Nubia, modern-day Sudan. King Piankhi was outraged and frustrated by what he often witnessed: ships loaded with casks of gold, scores of slaves, […]

Emma J. Atkinson was a Black abolitionist who was one of the mysterious “Big Four,” a group of women at Quinn Chapel who provided aid to runaway slaves. Atkinson arrived in Chicago around 1847 with her husband, Isaac. When they arrived, there were only around 200 other blacks in the city. By 1850, the African-American […]

George T. Downing was an abolitionist and activist for African-American civil rights. From the 1830s until the end of slavery, Downing was active in the abolitionist movement and in the Underground Railroad, with his restaurant serving as a rest house. During the American Civil War (1861-1865), Downing helped recruit African American soldiers. Downing was born […]

The legal term for the process of freeing slaves was manumission. Depending on the colonial power at the time manumission took various forms and had different processes. Manumission also granted different degrees of social freedom for former slaves. It should be noted that it wasn’t a practice that was pursued regularly. More often than not […]

In this short documentary from NYTimes.com, parents reveal their struggles with telling their black sons that they may be targets of racial profiling by the police. source

Donald Argee Barksdale was an American professional basketball player. He was the first African American to be named NCAA All-American and the first on the United States men’s Olympic basketball team. Barksdale was also the first to play in a National Basketball Association All-Star Game. Born in Oakland, California to Argee Barksdale, a Pullman porter, […]

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