Ferdinand Léopold Oyono was an African statesman, actor, and comic writer whose two best-known works are Une Vie de boy (1956; Houseboy) and Le Vieux Nègre et la médaille (1956; The Old Man and the Medal). Oyono’s first book, Houseboy, is written in the form of a diary. It depicts honesty but with humor the […]

Dr. Pearleen Oliver was an activist, community leader and historian. She was a prominent figure Nova Scotia for providing over 60 years of leadership, community involvement as a religious and human rights leader. Oliver was the first Black graduate of the New Glasgow High School in Nova Scotia. As an activist, Dr. Oliver fought to […]

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby admitted in 2005 that he secured quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with and that he gave the sedative to at least one woman and “other people,” according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press. Cosbys lawyers insisted that two […]

Mattie Mayes is recognized as the matriarch of Saskatchewan’s first and only Black pioneer settlement. She was also a mid-wife who delivered help numreous neighbors when there was no doctor available. Mayes was born Martha Jane Warner. She considered herself a “free slave.” Named after the master’s wife, she was favored and given lighter duties […]

By Lestey Gist, The Gist of Freedom As a community of free black property owners, Seneca Village was unique in its day. Beginning in 1825, parcels of land were sold to individuals and to members of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Described as the “largest and wealthiest church of colored people in this city, perhaps in […]

At Black Then, we frequently see interesting photos that give us a glimpse into the past. They tend to show us a piece of black history that is often not covered in textbooks, in history classes, or shown in the media. In a photo that we found on Black History Album , we see this […]

From the 1860s to the 1960s one of the few employment opportunities for black women in America was as a domestic servant. Consequently, the Mammy stereotype became the standard characterization of black women in film and television. The mammy roles, played by actress like Hattie McDaniels, Louise Beaver, & Ethel Waters, put a happy face […]

A rapidly rising star, Jonathan Luna was an Assistant D.A who died very early. The events leading up to his demise left more questions than answers.   BACKGROUND Born and raised in the South Bronx to a Black mother and a Filipino father, Jonathan Luna finished his studies at Fordham University and the University of […]

Mary Meachum was an American abolitionist who, with her husband John Berry Meachum, helped enslaved people escape to freedom in the Underground Railroad, and by purchasing their freedom. Meachum was born into slavery in Kentucky. While still enslaved, she married John Berry Meachum, who had already purchased his own freedom with money he had earned […]

An online video documentary depicting the way the war on drugs has given re-birth to  Jim Crow laws and how the prison industrial complex makes billions to imprisoning people of color.

William H. Brisby was a blacksmith and served one term in the House of Delegates (1869–1871), representing New Kent County. Brisby was born in August 1836 in New Kent County to Roger Lewis, a free African American, and Marinda Brisby, who was of Pamunkey Indian origins. Lewis was much older than Marinda Brisby and died […]

In 1857, Alfred Gibbs Campbell was vice president of the Anti-Slavery Society. He was also the publisher, editor, and almost sole writer for his newspaper The Alarm Bell. Campbell served as superintendent of the Ivanhoe Paper Mill in Paterson. He also manufactured patent medicines. His poem collection also include “Old John Brown” and “A Battle-Cry.” […]

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