Beauford Delaney  (1901-1979) struggled with poverty, mental illness, and obscurity throughout his career as a painter. Since his death, museum retrospectives have reestablished Delaney as one of America’s most vital expressionist painters. Delaney was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on December 30, 1901. His father, Samuel, was a Methodist minister. His mother, Delia, was a freed […]

Ellis Lane Larkins was a jazz pianist known as a Baltimore prodigy.  He is best remembered for his remarkable recordings with singer Ella Fitzgerald. Ella Sings Gershwin features Larkins as the sole accompanist Larkins began his musical training while he was very young. By the age of seven, he was already playing Mozart. He went […]

Born a slave in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1806, William C. Goodridge was just five or six years old when he was indentured to Reverend Michael Dunn, who operated a tannery in York, Pennsylvania.  Goodridge received his freedom in 1822 when Dunn went bankrupt, then moved to Marietta, Pennsylvania, where he learned the trade of a […]

Why people buy Ambien online Do not take it with or after a meal as a outcome of it won’t work as shortly. This medicine may be prescribed for other makes use of; ask your physician or pharmacist for more info. If your doctor prescribed just one spray of zolpidem, put the clear protective cap […]

All over the world, community stories, customs, and beliefs have been passed down from generation to generation. This folklore is used by elders to teach family and friends about their collective cultural past. And for African Americans, folklore has played a particularly important part in documenting history too. The year 1619 marked the beginning of […]

John L. Whitehead, Jr., decided to join the United States Army Air Corps at the age of 19. He was assigned to Tuskegee Army Air Field at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. While a Tuskegee Airman, Whitehead became known as “Mr. Death.” Whitehead attended West Virginia State College before entering the United States Army Air Corps. […]

On October 11, 1963, Malcolm X gave a speech at the University of California, Berkeley, in which he outlined the philosophy of black nationalism as promoted by the Nation of Islam and declared racial separatism as the best approach to the problems facing black America.  Most of that speech appears below. Our people in the […]

By Victor Trammell Photo credits: Chris Ware By 1964, Motown Records had only been in operation for five short years. However, the label already had a long list of hits and a roster of brilliant performers. Nonetheless, Motown did not get its first No. 1 success on the Billboard Top 100 Singles Chart until the […]

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 […]

Mound Bayou was an all #black town in the Yazoo Delta in Northwest Mississippi. It was founded during the spring of 1887 by twelve pioneers from Davis Bend, a fledgling black colony impacted by falling agricultural prices, natural disasters, and hostile race relations. This migration movement was led by Isaiah Montgomery, former patriarch of Davis Bend. Purchased from […]

October 11, 1928 Roscoe Robinson, Jr., the first African American four-star general in the United States Army, was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Robinson attended St. Louis University for a year before transferring to the United States Military Academy at West Point where he earned his bachelor’s degree in military engineering in 1951. After graduating, […]

By Victor Trammell Photo credits: Hulton Archive/Getty Images “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” — The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Over the two decades between Israel’s establishment in 1948 and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s racially and politically-motivated assassination in 1968, during which the Palestinians suffered continuous defeat and displacement, he […]

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