Memphis Minnie continued recording with throughout the late 1930s with Vocalion while backed by Kansas Joe’s brother, the mandolin player Papa Charlie and her husband, a singer named Little Son Joe. By the time the 1940s rolled around, they had moved to OKeh Records as well as back to Columbia. The electric guitar had become a […]

Hailing from Algiers, Louisiana Memphis Minnie was a blues musician known for recording roughly 200 songs across almost 30 years. A tough musician not above fighting off stage, her life kept her involved in entertainment as singer, guitarist, and circus performer. The Roaming Musician She was born Lizzie Douglas on June 3, 1897. Minnie took […]

Atlanta born and raised, Sidney Dorsey is a former Dekalb County sheriff born February 23, 1940. Dorsey holds the distinction of being the county’s first sheriff, taking the post in 1996. Four years later, his loss to Derwin Brown would result in a murder that put the former lawman behind bars. His successor was rival […]

In 1929, the lives of people across the United States drastically changed. Devastation swept throughout the country, and it would take several years for people and businesses to recover. Rural blacks were extremely hit hard. Cotton prices dropped from 18 to six cents a pound, and many black farmers were not able to earn much […]

In 2015, a ten-page manuscript was recovered and donated to the African-American History Museum. The manuscript gives an account of The Tulsa Race Riot and three of its victims. Presented on yellow legal paper, typewritten, and folded in thirds, the words come from an eyewitness of what took place on May 31, 1921, in Tulsa, […]

Murray Henderson was a philanthropist who started and operated his own funeral home. Henderson was born January 2, 1883 in Algiers. He attended McDonogh No. 5 Elementary School. He later studied as an apprentice at the John A. Barrett Funeral Home. Henderson started his funeral home business in the backyard of his home with two […]

Arthur “Art” Blakey was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. He was known as Abdullah Ibn Buhaina after he converted to the Islamic religion. Blakey was born on October 11, 1919 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to a single mother, who died shortly after his birth. He is described as having been “raised with his siblings by […]

By Angela L. Braden Nicknamed Blind Tom by his “handlers”, Thomas Wiggins made history by being the first African American man to perform at the White House. Born May 25, 1849, Thomas was birthed into the harsh, dreadful institution of American slavery in the state of Georgia.  Adding insult to injury, the young child of […]

Reverend Louis Coleman, Jr. was known for his fight for social justice throughout Louisville for over three decades. Coleman used the form of protest to bring about positive change, he picketed and prayed in front of nearly every major Kentucky institution to advance civil rights and equality. While those protests and demonstrations sometimes led to […]

June 12, 1963: Medgar Evers is assassinated. In the early morning, just hours after President John F. Kennedy’s speech on national television in support of civil rights, Evers pulled into his driveway after returning from a meeting with NAACP lawyers. Emerging from his car and carrying NAACP T-shirts that read “Jim Crow Must Go,” Evers […]

June 12, 1967: The United States Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia declares all U.S. state laws which prohibit interracial marriage to be unconstitutional. Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967), was a landmark civil rights decision of the United States Supreme Court, which invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage. The case was brought by Mildred […]

June 11, 1993: Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls and Charles Barkley of the Phoenix Suns each scored 42 points in Chicago’s 111-108 victory, marking the first time in NBA Finals history that opposing players each scored 40 or more points in the same Finals game. Finish reading the original post on Daily Black History […]

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