Gillespie died of pancreatic cancer in Englewood, NJ, where he was a longtime resident. He was 75 yrs old. John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie was a jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and occasional singer. Allmusic’s Scott Yanow wrote, “Dizzy Gillespie’s contributions to jazz were huge. One of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time (some would say […]

Emmett Chappelle, inventor, was born in Phoenix, Arizona on October 25, 1925.  His scientific research and the fourteen United States patents he received for his inventions make Chapelle’s contributions vital to the scientific world.  Much about Chappelle’s earlier life cannot be ascertained. He attended the University of California in 1950 and in 1954 received a Bachelor of Science degree.  Remarkably, without graduate […]

At Black Then, we often see videos that make us stop and think. They frequently reveal information that is not broadcast to the masses and great talents that are not shown in mainstream media. In a video posted on the Great Griot Youtube channel, we learn more about Maurice Bishop….Inspiration for Our Independence (TRUE INDEPENDENCE) […]

Carl Thomas Rowan was an American government official, journalist, and author. Rowan was born in Ravenscroft, Tennessee on August 11, 1925 to Johnnie, a cook and cleaner, and Thomas Rowan, who stacked lumber. He was raised in McMinnville, Tennessee and was determined to get a good education. He graduated from Bernard High School in 1942 […]

Born in Wilmington, N.C., he and his parents, Willis Wilder and Agnes Ann Harper Richardson, moved to Washington, D.C. shortly after the Wilmington Riots of 1898. The riots resulted in the death of 16 Blacks and affected Richardson as a child. Richardson’s father read to him as a young boy and encouraged his interest in […]

Dixon was interred in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Boston. There is a recreation centre named after him in downtown Halifax. George Dixon was a Black Canadian professional boxer and the 1st black world boxing champion in any weight class, while also being the 1st ever Canadian-born boxing champion. Dixon was born in Africville, Halifax, […]

  Joseph Lee’s birth in 1849 is celebrated on this date. He was an African American who invented machinery for processing food and became very prominent in the food industry. Lee was born in Boston, MA, and as a boy worked at a bakery. He soon began preparing, cooking and serving food, eventually opening two […]

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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 […]

Wilt Chamberlain of Philadelphia scored 73 points to lead the host Warriors to a 135-117 win over the Chicago Packers. The 73 points was, at the time, the most points ever scored by an NBA player in a regulation game, and it remains tied for the 3rd-highest total in NBA history. Read more sports stories […]

Casper Holstein was a gangster in the early 1900’s. His legacy as the “Bolito King” was known in the underground numbers racket of Harlem, New York. Holstein was an original native of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, and got his start in the numbers game on Wall Street. After serving in the Navy and working as a porter […]

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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 […]

Earl Gilbert Graves, Sr. is an American entrepreneur, publisher, businessman, and philanthropist. He is the founder of Black Enterprise magazine and the chairman of the media company, Earl G. Graves, Ltd. Graves was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of New York City. While attending Morgan State University, Graves made […]

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