At Black Then, we often see videos that make us stop and think. They frequently reveal information that is not broadcasted to the masses and are created by great talents that are not shown in mainstream media. In this video we found, we learn more about The Black Then Channel is an all-black history, news […]

John Berry Meachum was a businessman, a founder of the oldest black church in Missouri, and a pioneer in the education of blacks in that state. Meachum was born a slave in Goochland County, Virginia on May 3, 1789. His owner, Paul Meachum, moved Meachum to North Carolina and then Kentucky, where Meachum learned several […]

At Black Then, we often see videos that make us stop and think. They frequently reveal information that is not broadcasted to the masses and are created by great talents that are not shown in mainstream media. In this video we found, we learn more about The Black Then Channel is an all-black history, news […]

Despite gaining their freedom, African-Americans face struggles in the years after the Civil War. (3 min) TV-PG Source:http://www.history.com/topics/american-civil-war/reconstruction/videos/the-failure-of-reconstruction

Doris Miller, also known as “Dorie” by shipmates and friends was born on 12th October 1919 in Waco, Texas. He was the son of Connery and Henrietta Miller who were both subsistent farmers living a poor lifestyle in Texas. Doris was a very strong child weighing 200 pounds and a height of 5’ 9”. Due […]

Dorothea Towles Church was the first successful black fashion model in Paris. Church was born in Texarkana, Texas. She was one of seven children born to Thomas Elsworth Towles, a mechanic, and his wife Anabella Clark. Church attended Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Texarkana, and later went on to attend Wiley College, where she received […]

Max Roach was born on January 10, 1924, in New Land, North Carolina. He was raised in Brooklyn and studied at the Manhattan School of Music. One of the great jazz drummers and a pioneer of bebop, he worked with Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Charlie Parker and Clifford Brown. Roach was also a […]

John Marrant lived a life of adventure and hardships in order to serve God. He was born in 1755 in a free black family in New York. His father died when he was four. Marrant lived with his mother and siblings in several colonies until he settled with an older sister’s family in Charleston, SC, […]

John Coltrane is remembered as a legendary and revolutionary saxophonist in the history of jazz music. His debut album “A Love Supreme” was a tribute to his victory over drug addiction. He started his own group and gained international recognition through his radical musical style, which he adopted during the mid-1960s. Coltrane was born on September 23, […]

John Wesley Dobbs was a postal clerk, civic leader, activist, and a key figure in the integration of Atlanta, Georgia. He was often referred to as the unofficial “Mayor” of Auburn Avenue. Dobbs was born in Marietta, Georgia on December 3, 1882. Two years after his birth his mother and father separated. His mother moved […]

Dr. Howard Thurman was an author, civil right leader, educator, and philosopher. It is believed he also was the driving force behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thurman was born in Florida in 1899, a time when the state was very much segregated. He was raised by his grandmother who at one time was enslaved. Thurman […]

The civil rights movement brought about some of the greatest leaders. Beatrice Cannady was highly recognized throughout the state of Oregon. She was a renowned civil rights advocate who helped founded the state’s NAACP chapter. Beatrice Morrow Cannady was born on January 9, 1890, in Letting, Texas. She moved from Texas to Portland, Oregon where she became editor […]

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