Julia Coston published the first fashion magazine for Black women, ” Ringwood’s Afro-American Journal of Fashion in 1891.” Coston was born in 1863 on Ringwood’s Farm in Warrenton, Virginia. Her family migrated from their southern plantation home to Washington, D.C., following the Civil War. In Washington, she spent much of her postbellum childhood in school, […]

Charlene Mitchell ran as a Presidential Candidate for the Communist Party USA in the 1968 Presidential elections. This election would make Mitchell the first African American to run for US President. Shirley Chisholm became the first black major-party candidate to run for Present of the United States, in the 1972 U.S. Presidential election. Mitchell was […]

Documentation of influential people in African-American history is extremely important for generations to come. Most people will know well-known names such as Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. However, it is important to learn about other great leaders who are not as well-known but have help pave the way as well. […]

Joseph Douglass was the grandson of famed Abolitionist, Frederick Douglass and also a groundbreaking violinist. He was the first nationally-recognized black concert violinist. Douglass was born in the Anacostia area of Washington D.C. in 1869 to Charles and Mary Elizabeth Douglass. At a young age, he took up playing the violin. He received his formal […]

On the morning of July 9, 1918, what was called a critical human error occurred and caused 126 people to lose their lives and 57 injured. Eighty percent of those who lost their lives were African Americans. Early that day, Train No. 4 of the Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis Railway Company was scheduled to […]

Most people are amazed when they learn that a slave by the name of #Abraham Galloway became a senator of North Carolina. He was one of the first #black men elected to serve in the North Carolina Senate. A 70th highway historical marker was placed in New Hanover County, North Carolina in honor of #Galloway. […]

When BiDil was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2005 it was put on the market to only treat heart failure in African Americans. When the medication was tested in clinical trials, it was found that black people with heart failure showed significant improvement with their symptoms and BiDil significantly decreased their […]

There is no such thing as Negro health… the health of the American Negro is not a separate racial problem to be met by special segregated setups or dealt with on a dual standard basis, but is an American problem which should be adequately and equitably handled by the identical agencies and met with the […]

Dr. George Sanford Burruss established the Burruss Sanitarium in 1901. The hospital was for blacks in the South and was complete with twenty-seven rooms, modern equipment, and a staff of twelve black physicians and a proper training department for nurses. Burruss was born in Lavonia, Georgia, in Franklin County, in 1865. His early education was […]

“It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.” Assata Shakur was born JoAnne Deborah Byron on July 16, 1947, in Jamaica, Queens, New York City. Her early educational career took a […]

Don Benning was the first black faculty member at the University of Omaha. He was a groundbreaker in academics as well as sports. Benning was the youngest of five children to Mary and Erdie Benning. He grew up in Omaha where he attended Omaha North High and wrestled on the school’s team. He also played […]

As football season approach, it is important to reflect upon the greatest African-American men who have paved the way for the young athletes of today. One of the greatest men in the National Football League was #Fritz Pollard. Pollard was the first African-American head coach in the National Football League. A sportswriter ranked Pollard as […]

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