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 […]

Long before The Obamas became the first Black presidential family, the original Black residents of 1600 Pennsylvania have been all but forgotten. That is, until Associated Press reporter Jesse J. Holland set out to uncover the history behind the slaves of the White House. While covering President Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign, Holland realized that the stories of […]

John William Rogan was born in 1868 in Sumner County, Tennessee. Also known as “Bud” rogan, he is one of 16 individuals in medical history to reach a height of eight feet or more. John William Rogan began to grow very rapidly at the age of 13 leading to Ankylosis, and eventually he could not stand or […]

Sarah Ann Gill is one of Barbados’ ten National Heroes and only woman installed. She was responsible for protecting religion tolerance on the island during the early 19th century. She was born Ann, a free mulatto in February 1795 and active both before and after slavery was ended on the island. Her early life isn’t heavily documented […]

Angelo Herndon was a labor activist, revolutionary, and freedom fighter. Born into an impoverished family in 1913, he quickly learned that the only way change will result was through revolutionary struggle, both from his own experience along with the knowledge he gained from the infamous book, The Communist Manifesto. To this end, he became actively […]

During March 1857, just before the most controversial American Civil Wars in 1861 to 1865, the Supreme Court of United States announced its decision in the case of Dred Scott V. Sanford. The case  was brought to the court by Dred Scott, a slave who lived in a free state with his owner before returning […]

During the early 1960s, the Freedom Singers from Georgia performed throughout the country. The group mainly performed in hope of raising money to help the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and to spread awareness to their audiences about grassroots organizing. Most freedom songs were common hymns or spirituals familiar to the southern black community; the […]

On this day in 1935, a great actress was born who changed the history because of her soulful acting and dedicated professional attitude. Diahann Carroll is an African-American stage and television actress and singer known for her amazing performances in some of the most popular and earliest studio films that featured Black cast, including “Porgy […]

Stephen Smith was a merchant and abolitionist. He was born into slavery in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, to Mary Smith around 1795. There are no records of his father. Early in life, Smith was able to purchase his freedom. He later established a business in Columbia, Pennsylvania, where he owned coal, lumber yards, and land where […]

In 1776, Pennsylvania became the first state to pass a law for the abolishment of slavery, and under the constitution of 1790, Black men had the right to vote. As the population of Black Americans began to grow in Philadelphia, white people became more afraid that they would eventually outnumbering the white population. On August 12, 1834, the […]

It was in the first few days of April 1968, when a shocking news broke around the world that the great civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is no more with us and has been assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. King was a Baptist and also the founder of the SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference). […]

BY WALTER OPINDE  Cabral Franklin, a key Atlanta political strategist and son of former Mayor Shirley Franklin, died Tuesday, 15th September, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. Friends and associates describe Franklin as one of the state Democratic Party’s most important behind-the-scenes players, an influential political operative whose work on local, state and even […]

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