Marion ‘Little Walter’ Jacobs was once considered the greatest blues harmonica player alive. During the first half of the 1950s he became one of the key architects of the electrified Chicago blues style, an ensemble, collaborative, urban approach that became the defining sound of both electric blues and blues-based rock throughout the remainder of the […]

Missouri-born boxer Aaron Lister Brown boxed professionally as Dixie Kid throughout the 1900s and 1910s. He was often in the welterweight class but faced off against heavier opponents. This was especially true given the nature of the “Negro ranks.” While these ranks had their own weight classes and titles to represent those classes, Black boxers […]

Georgette Harvey was born to sing. As a little girl, she found singing in the church choir and continued to do it to please the elders and sisters of the church. However, there was a desire burning deeper within Harvey. She wanted to explore the world and find out just how far her singing could […]

Janet Faye Collins, was one of the first African American dancers who paved the way for modern day classical dancers such as the ballerina Misty Copeland. She was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 2nd 1917. She was one of six children. Her mother was a seamstress, and her father was a tailor. At […]

The lynching of John Carter in 1927 rocked Little Rock, Arkansas, and negatively affected the state’s national image for decades. The lynching was one of the most notorious incidents of racial violence in the state’s history. On April 30, 1927, the body of a 12-year-old white girl named Floella McDonald was discovered by a janitor […]

Dorothy West was a renowned novelist and short story writer during the period of the Harlem Renaissance. She is best known for having a candied eye when it came to the economic, social, racial, and gender issues of the black community. She was also known for her novel “The Living is Easy.” She also wrote […]

John Robert Clifford was a well-known attorney throughout the state of West Virginia. He won a trailblazing victory in Williams vs Board of Education that found discriminatory practices in public education illegal. Clifford was born in 1848 in Williamsport, Virginia. His parents and grandparents were free blacks who had lived in Virginia for several generations. […]

Joseph “Kid Twat” Butler was a double bass traditional jazz player from New Orleans. More widely known by his rather distinctive nickname, “Kid Twat” or just “Twat,” Butler was a regular player at Preservation Hall throughout the height of the New Orleans jazz revival. Butler was born on December 26, 1905, in New Orleans’s Algiers […]

Oscar McKinley Charleston was an American center fielder and manager in Negro League Baseball. Charleston was born on October 14, 1896, in Indianapolis, Indiana. His father was a construction worker and his mother’s father was a carpenter who had been employed in the construction of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. Charleston was the seventh of […]

The Walnut Ridge Race War of 1912 occurred when a violent night riding group of white vigilantes decided to run all the black residents away from the city of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. The group managed to drive black laborers from certain local jobs because the vigiliantes wanted them for themselves. In early April 1912, notices […]

Known as the “Colorado Giant,” Denver Ed Martin was born September 10, 1881, in Denver, Colorado. For almost 22 years, Martin would become known for his incredible boxing power and ring awareness. Like many other Black boxers pre-Joe Louis’s World title win, he would face the same competition several times over. A number of his […]

Rubin Stacy was a homeless tenant farmer living in Florida. He was down on his luck and hungry when he approached the home of Marion Jones to ask for some food. But he was met with the screams and shrieks when Mrs. Jones answered the door. Jones’ family rushed to the sound of hearing the […]

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