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 […]

Singer Linda Martell, originally named Thelma Bynem, is an American rhythm and blues and country music singer. In August 1969, she became the first African American woman to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. As a child, she developed her vocal prowess in a gospel group with three of her brothers. In 1962, she recorded her […]

Salem Poor was a distinguished military hero during the American Revolutionary War. He is best remembered today for his actions during the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775. Although Poor was born into slavery, he was able to purchase his freedom by the age of 19. He married a free Black woman named […]

Dr. Patrick was born in South Carolina but grew up in Philadelphia, PA. He studied theology at Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania. Patrick earned a Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Divinity degree from Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. After becoming pastor of Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh in 1951, Dr. Patrick led the fight […]

“While you are armed, remember this is your only chance to be free. … This is your only chance to stop your people from being treated worse than dogs. We’ll take care of the front, Joe, but from the back, he’ll never know what hit him. You dig?” Robert F. Williams was born February 26, […]

It was the end of 19th century, and the fear of slavery was shedding off. The segregation took an even stronger hold in the South of the United States. A self-improvement was seen in many African-Americans who were once a victim of slavery. It was education which was their best opportunity to escape from the […]

You may not have heard of Zelda Wynn Valdes, but you’ve certainly seen her designs. The fashion designer is credited with creating the original Playboy bunny costume. The work of this trailblazing fashion designer/entrepreneur  is credit with highlighting the coveted hour-glass figure in the 1940s and 1950s.  In honor of Women’s History Month here are […]

Jazz singer and entertainer Adelaide Louise Hall had a career that spanned more than 70 years until her death. A major icon during the Harlem Renaissance, she entered into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2003 as the world’s most enduring recording artist having released material over eight consecutive decades. Hall was born in […]

Lei Aurea—or the Golden Law—was an 1888 Brazilian law that abolished slavery in the country.  Brazil is known as the country where most African captives arrived during the Atlantic slave trade.   ABOUT LEI AUREA Prior to Lei Aurea, there were several resolutions and laws passed that inched Brazil towards abolishing slavery while not full-on […]

Dr. Edith Irby Jones was the first African-American student to attend the University of Arkansas School of Medicine (now the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences). In 1948, Jones became the first black student to attend a racially mixed school in the south. When she enrolled in a segregated southern medical school she made news […]

Named after the Viscount of Rio Blanco and Prime Minister, Jose Paranhos, the Rio Blanco law was an 1871 law that allowed for the children of slaves to be born free. This gives the Rio Blanco law the other name of “Law of Free Birth.”   RIO BLANCO LAW In addition to that, the slaveholders who […]

On this very special day in 1949, a great personality was born who spent most of his life working for the betterment of Blacks in America. Calvin O. Butts III is an African-American educationist and Pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist church in the New York City. He is the Chairman and the founder member of […]

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