BY WALTER OPINDE On this day,  June 22, 1910, acclaimed choreographer, dancer, author, social activist, and educator, Katherine Mary Dunham, also known as Kaye Dunn, was born in Glen Ellyn, Illinois; a village located 25 miles west of Chicago. Dunham had one of the most successful dance careers in the American and European theater of […]

The Detroit Eight Mile Wall was constructed in 1941. It was built with a simple purpose: separate homes planned for middle-class whites from blacks who had already built small houses or owned land with plans to build in the neighborhood. Standing 6 feet high and 1 foot thick, the wall extends a half-mile south from […]

THE FREEDMEN’S BUREAU’S SUCCESSES AND FAILURES The Freedmen’s Bureau was organized into districts covering the 11 former rebel states, the border states of Maryland, Kentucky and West Virginia and Washington, D.C. Each district was headed by an assistant commissioner. The bureau’s achievements varied from one location to another and from one agent to the next. Over its course of existence, the […]

Charlotte Lottie Grady was a pioneer stage actress of the early 2oth century. She performed as a singer, dancer, comedian, and dramatic actress. Grady was born on September 8, 1887, in Chicago, Illinois. From a very young age, Grady was recognized as being a talented singer, dancer, and actress. She starred in William Foster’s “The […]

In 1915, Blanche Armwood worked with three backing partners to establish the Tampa School of Household Arts. Her work would continue with the publication of her Food Conservation in the Home cookbook in 1918. The book saw a great deal of popularity during World War I.   State Level Work Armwood’s work endeared her to many interested […]

William Dawson was a composer, choir director and professor. He is widely known for his arrangements of traditional African-American spirituals which have been published in the United States. William Levi Dawson was born in Anniston, Alabama, and ran away from home at the age of 13 to attend Tuskegee Institute, where he studied piano and composition, and […]

#Sam Cooke: Crossing Over – This Documentary Originally Aired on PBS, as Part of the #AMERICAN MASTERS Series!! It’s Narrated By DANNY GLOVER & Features Great Footage &  Interviews!!

Born January 23, 1890, to a middle-class Tampa family, Blanche Armwood would become known as the first Black woman to graduate from an accredited law school in the state. She would also become known for her contributions to education.   Education The daughter of Tampa’s first Black police officer and a dressmaker, the men in Blanche Armwood’s family […]

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 […]

Jaybird Coleman was a popular country blues harmonica player, guitarist, and vocalist. He played throughout Alabama and recorded numerous sides during the late 1920s and early 1930s. Coleman was born ‘Burl C. Coleman’ on May 20, 1896, and grew up in a family of sharecroppers in Alabama. At the age of 12, he began teaching […]

BY WALTER OPINDE  On this day, June 21, 1923, Marcus Garvey was sentenced to five years in prison after his conviction on the charges of using the mail to defraud. Marcus Garvey was convicted on federal charges of mail fraud in connection with the sale of stock in the Universal Negro Improvement Association’s Black Star […]

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 […]

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