When the war ended, Jack Jones returned home to Washington D.C to continuing being a detective. He put in an application to join the Bureau a year later in November 1919. At the time, the Bureau of Investigation–the successor of today’s FBI–was heavily investigating “subversive groups.”   Time in the Bureau of Investigation Since the […]

Charles Parker, Jr., also known as Bird or Yardbird was an extraordinaire American alto saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and a lyric artist. He is considered the greatest jazz saxophonist of all time. Parker was born August 29, 1920, in Kansas City, Kansas. He grew up during the time when jazz was prevalent throughout the state. By […]

November 19, 1919 marks the date that 35-year old James Wormley Jones–known as Jack Jones–began his federal agent service. It also marked the Bureau swore in its first Black special agent.   Police Detective and Army Captain Prior to entering federal government work, Jack Jones attended college at both Norfolk Mission College and Virginia Union […]

Nikki Giovanni is one of the best-known African-American poets who reached prominence during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and reared in Cincinnati, Ohio. She attended Fisk University, where she was a member of a Writers workshop and was instrumental in establishing a chapter of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating […]

We were taught in school that the 13th Amendment slavery. That is not the case. It began something new for Blacks in America…..something that is still crippling our civilization. This Episode was written by Moni Tano. Check out her Youtube channel and Website! www.youtube.com/MoniTano www.MoniTano.com Sources and Additional Information: -Blackmon, Douglas A. Slavery By Another […]

The charismatic Ann Wolfe was a force of nature in professional boxing as she devastated the women’s rankings in multiple weight divisions. Born in Austin, Texas on January 17, 1971. She was raised in Oberlin, Louisiana and Los Angeles, California. In 1996, she returned to Austin with her daughters where she was homeless for a […]

At Black Then, we frequently see interesting videos on social media that give us a glimpse into the past. They tend to show us a piece of history that is often not covered in textbooks, in history classes, or shown in the media. In a video that we found on the PAST AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY […]

James Mars was born into slavery in Norwalk, Connecticut in 1790. He won his freedom at the age of twenty-five, and two years later moved to Hartford. He was very active in the organization of the Talcott Street Church, and was named Deacon. Soon he became one of the most prominent African Americans in the […]

Janie Settles was the the first African-American female rescue chief in North Carolina. She was born and grew up in Littleton in Halifax County, the youngest of the fourteen children of John Wesley Settles and Jannie Harlin Settles. At age 17, Janie married Herman Johnson, also of Littleton. They moved to Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, […]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE LATE GREAT, MR. ED BRADLEY!!!! Edward Rudolph “Ed” Bradley was a journalist, best known for 26 years of award-winning work on the CBS News television program, 60 Minutes. During the early part of his career, he also covered the Fall of Saigon, was the first black television correspondent to cover the […]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE LATE GREAT, MS KATHERINE DUNHAM!!! Katherine Dunham was a dancer, choreographer, author, educator, and social activist. Dunham had one of the most successful dance careers in American and European theater of the 20th century. She directed her own dance company for many years and has also been called the “matriarch and […]

Dr. William Monroe Wells was one of the first black doctors in Orlando Florida. He was one of the few black doctors in the city (and for a period during WWII was the only one). Dr. Wells built a hotel in 1921 for African-Americans barred from Florida’s segregated hotels. Famous visitors included Ella Fitzgerald, Thurgood […]

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