Eslanda (“Essie”) Cardozo Goode Robeson was an anthropologist, author, actor and civil rights activist. She was the wife and business manager of singer and actor Paul Robeson. Robeson was born in Washington, DC on December 15, 1895, mostly descended from Black slaves. Her paternal great-grandfather was a Sephardic Jew whose family was expelled from Spain […]

By Lesley Gist, The Gist of Freedom “Before the ship’s owner could arrest them under the 1793 Fugitive Slave Law, a group of 6 black women from the Boston Anti-Slavery Society rushed into the state Supreme Court. While the attorney for Morris was addressing the judge, Someone in the spectator’s section shouted, “Go, go.” Whereupon […]

Lewis Grandison Alexander was an American poet, actor, playwright, and costume designer who lived in Washington, D.C. and had strong ties to the Harlem Renaissance period in New York. Alexander was born July 4, 1900, in Washington D.C. As a child, he was educated in the Washington public school system. Little biographical information is available […]

The 13th Amendment we know now differs substantially from the one first proposed. The initial amendment would have made slavery constitutional and permanent — and Lincoln supported it. This early version of the 13th Amendment, known as the Corwin Amendment, was proposed in December 1860 by William Seward, a senator from New York who would […]

By Lesley Gist, The Gist of Freedom George Washington Carver believed “nature produces no waste” and neither should people. The Carver Bust offers visitors the chance to hear George Washington Carver’s voice reciting the poem “Equipment” by Edgar Guest. Be sure to plan at least one hour for an easy hike. For many visitors walking […]

In a video posted on The Black History School, we learn more about We all know Bush had a disastrous eight years. From a bad economy to two wars, Bush negatively impacted all groups. Where Blacks were more affected was through Bush’s educational policies and Hurricane Katrina.     If you liked this lesson, check […]

Dr. James Edward Shepard founded the National Religious Training School and Chatauqua in Durham in 1910. It subsequently became the National Training School and, in 1923, the Durham State Normal School. North Carolina Central University is the successor institution to this school for educators. Like Booker T. Washington, Shepard took a conciliatory approach toward race […]

Annie Wealthy Holland was born near the Virginia plantation of the Wealthy family, where her grandmother had been a slave. Holland was born in 1871 in Isle of Wight County, Va., next to the plantation her grandmother worked on as a slave. Holland’s parents, John Daughtry and Margaret Hill named her after Annie Wealthy of […]

Richard Bruce Nugent was a writer, playwright, actor, and dancer of the Harlem Renaissance. Nugent was born in Washington, DC, on July 2, 1906 to Richard H. Nugent, Jr., and his wife Pauline Minerva Bruce. After attending Dunbar High School, he moved to New York after his father’s death in 1920. Nugent’s mother worried about […]

Biddleville is the oldest surviving black neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was started as a village next to Biddle College, known as Johnson C. Smith University today. The college, which opened formally in 1867, was founded by two young white Presbyterian ministers. The school operated as Biddle Institute in the beginning to train black […]

On March 2, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain set the NBA single-game scoring record by tallying 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a 169-147 victory over the New York Knicks. Chamberlain was a gargantuan force in the NBA, a player of Bunyanesque stature who seemed to overshadow all around him. He was a dominant offensive force, […]

Thelma Myrtle Duncan was among an elite group of Black University student playwrights in America who established themselves as “cornerstones” of an emerging National Negro Theater, during the early decades of the 20th century. The St. Louis, Missouri-born writer received her college education at Howard University, Washington, DC and Columbia University, New York. At Howard, […]

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