On February 22, 1898, Frazier Baker, a black postmaster in a predominantly white hamlet of Lake City, South Carolina woke up to discover a raging fire had been deliberately set in the back of the area of his small wooden home and the community’s post office. Baker along with his wife and children tried unsuccessfully […]

Born October 23, 1967, in Freeport, Illinois, Gerald McClellan was a skilled boxer in the middleweight and super middleweight ranks. Known as “The G-Man,” he was known for his incredible punching power which has taken him to two World Middleweight titles and eventually the Hall of Fame in 2007.   The Winning Streak Gerald McClellan […]

Adam Clayton Powell Jr. was a Baptist pastor and an American politician, who represented Harlem, New York City, in the United States House of Representatives. He was the first person of African-American elected from New York to Congress. Powell was born in 1908 in New Haven, Connecticut, the second child and only son of Adam […]

Rentiesville was an all-black town founded in 1903 in Oklahoma. The community was developed on twenty acres of land owned by William Rentie and another twenty acres owned by Phoebe McIntosh. Rev. N. A. Robinson, I. J. Foster, W. D. Robinson, and Rentie organized the townsite company with Robinson serving as president. J. J. Hudson […]

Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey is a musician who got his start in different blues groups in the South and into the Chicago area. It would be his background in blues coupled with traditional Black church hymns formed gospel. As a result, he is known as the ”Father of Black Gospel Music.”   Blues Career Born July 1, […]

Keg Johnson was a renowned jazz trombonist who played in several bands. Frederic Homer “Keg” Johnson was born on November 19, 1908 in Dallas, Texas. His father was a choir director and also worked at a local Studebaker plant were Keg worked for a while. Johnson and his younger brother, Budd Johnson, began their musical […]

By Victor Trammell Photo credits: Hulton Archive / Getty Images Richard Wright (1908-1960) initially gained public prominence in the few years before and after 1940 with a collection of novels. The book “Uncle Tom’s Children” (1938), a novel written by Wright, was inspired by the question: How can a Black man exist in a society that […]

By Victor Trammell Photo credits: Robert Abbott/Getty Images Marjorie Stewart Joyner (pictured) invented the Permanent Wave Machine, which established her as a historic figure in cosmetology. She collaborated on the state of Illinois’s first cosmetology regulations. Joyner also co-founded the United Beauty School Owners and Teachers Association in 1945 with Mary McLeod Bethune. Additionally, Joyner was involved in […]

By Victor Trammell Photo credits: The New York Times On December 7, 1874, raging white mobs bombarded a large number of Black people in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The Blacks had organized a civic assembly in support of a legitimately elected Black sheriff who was unjustly overthrown. During the Reconstruction Era, which succeeded the Emancipation and Civil War, Black Mississippians made […]

Born in Barbados, Massiah immigrated to the United States in 1909, where he started as a laborer, working during the day and studying architecture at night. He studied at the Pennsylvania School of the Fine Arts and earned a degree in #Civil Engineering at what is now Drexel University. By the early 1920s, he established […]

By Victor Trammell Photo credits: National Baseball Hall of Fame Library Buck O’Neil never showed animosity or regret for not being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame during his lifetime. He pleaded with people who loved and supported him to continue doing so till his death. They may finally rejoice, after a near-miss that […]

John Mercer Langston, the youngest of four children, was born a free #black in Louisa County, Virginia in 1829. Langston gained distinction as an abolitionist, politician, and attorney.  Despite the prominence of his slaveowner father, Ralph Quarles, Langston took his surname from his mother, Lucy Langston, an emancipated slave of Indian and black ancestry.  When both parents died of unrelated illnesses in […]

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