One hundred years ago, just as Carrie Chapman Catt was masterminding the final steps in the arduous process of ratifying the 19th Amendment, she bought a farm in Westchester County called Juniper Ledge. There she commissioned a set of 12 metal tree plaques to memorialize the giants of the suffrage movement, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton […]

July 4, 2009: Steve McNair is found dead of multiple gunshot wounds, along with the body of a young woman named Sahel Kazemi, in a condominium rented by McNair, at 105 Lea Avenue in downtown Nashville. Stephen LaTreal McNair, nicknamed “Air McNair”, was a football quarterback who spent the majority of his NFL career with […]

The assistant of Polish military engineer Tadeusz Kosciuszko, Agrippa Hull was a free Black soldier who fought in the Revolutionary War. He would enlist for the American side in 1777 at the age of 18. He was assigned to Kosciuszko who handled the defenses for the Patriot forces. Hull would see action in several southern […]

With a vision, determination, and courage, Frankie J. Pierce established the Tennessee Vocational School for Colored Girls. Pierce saw the need to help young African-American girls throughout the state, and her inspiration to open up a school came after observing schools in other southern states. She was mostly influenced by a close friend who worked as […]

BY WALTER OPINDE In 1903, when President Teddy Roosevelt came to San Francisco, he personally asked the now-legendary Buffalo Soldiers to serve as his security detail around the city. Some historians speculate that he did so in order to honor these African-American soldiers, whose military prowess enabled his Rough Riders to make their heroic charge […]

Education advocate Fanny Jackson Coppin had a tremendous impact over the course of her life, as she constantly fought for equal access to higher education for women throughout the nation. In Washington D.C., she was unfortunately born into slavery like the many before her. Her freedom was granted when her aunt purchased it at the […]

BY WALTER OPINDE  Zora Neale Hurston is an American folklorist and writer associated with the Harlem Renaissance who celebrated the African-American culture of the rural South. She was born on 7th January, 1891, Notasulga, Alabama, U.S. As an African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, and anthropologist Zora is known for her contributions to African-American literature, her portrayal of racial struggles in the American South, and works […]

BY WALTER OPINDE An American civil rights leader, Vernon Jordan (born 1935) was executive director of the National Urban League from 1972 to 1982 and later one of the few African-American partners in a major law firm in the U.S. Vernon E. Jordan was born 15th August, 1935, in Atlanta, Georgia. His father was a […]

BY WALTER OPINDE  Martin Luther King Junior was an Afro–American clergyman and civil rights leader who was fatally shot at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on 4th April, 1968. King was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:05 p.m. that evening. He was a prominent leader of the Civil Rights Movement and Nobel Peace Prizelaureate who was known for […]

Key Highlights About Lutie Lytle: One of the first female law professors in the world First African American to be admitted to the Kansas bar Among the first African American women to earn a law degree   Lutie Lytle was the first African American admitted to the Kansas bar. She was also among the first […]

Marie-Joseph Angélique was an enslaved Black woman in Montréal. In 1734, she was charged with arson after a fire leveled Montréal’s merchants’ quarter. The story told is that Angélique committed the act while trying to escape bondage. Although there was never any evidence as to whether Angélique was actually guilty of the crime, she was […]

Key Highlights for McKinley Langford Burnett: Served as President of the Topeka Chapter NAACP in 1948 Attorney for the plaintiffs in Brown vs. Board of Education Recruited 13 black families to enroll their children in all-white schools McKinley Langford Burnett served as president of the Topeka Chapter NAACP in 1948. He persuaded thirteen black families […]

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