Oscar Micheaux: The First Black Indie Filmmaker | Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

Oscar Micheaux: The First Black Indie Filmmaker

Transitioning from job to job as a teenager, Oscar Micheaux…

W.E.B. Du Bois: The New Negro at The 1900 Paris Exposition | Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

W.E.B. Du Bois: The New Negro at The 1900 Paris Exposition

At the turn of the twentieth century, W. E. B. Du Bois…

School Racial Integration | Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

School Integration

The landmark case Brown v. Board of Education declared that…

The Great Migrations | Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

Migrations: From Exodusters to Great Migrations

With the formal ending of slavery in place, many freed…

The First Underground Railroad | Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

The First Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad for many of us symbolizes the…

The Second Middle Passage | Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

The Second Middle Passage

As the United States began to expand, the demand for cotton…

Transatlantoic Slave Trade | Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

The Transatlantic Slave Trade

In the early 1500s, the transatlantic slave trade…

The Birth of Hip Hop | Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

The Birth of Hip Hop

In 1973, DJ Kool Herc set up his turntables and introduced…

Obama's 2008 Election | Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

Barack Obama’s 2008 Election

During the 2004 Democratic National Convention, a…

Marcus Garvey | Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

Marcus Garvey: Leader of a Revolutionary Global Movement

Marcus Garvey was born in Jamaica and experienced the…

Protesting the Birth of a Nation | Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

Protesting the Birth of a Nation

In 1915, D.W. Griffith, released a film that would go down…

The Beginning of Black History: Juan Garrido | Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

The Beginning of Black History: Juan Garrido

In the early 1500s, a West African man named Juan Garrido…

Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball | Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball

On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson tore down the color…

Soul Train | Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

Soul Train

Taking cues from American Bandstand, Soul Train became a…

Hank Aaron: Breaking the Home Run Record | Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

Hank Aaron: Breaking the Home Run Record

Born Henry Louis Aaron, baseball legend Hank Aaron swung…

Civil War and Emancipation | Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

Civil War and Emancipation

In 1861, the south’s threats of seceding the union led to…

Fort Mose: The First All-Black Settlement in the U.S. | Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

Fort Mose: The First All-Black Settlement in the U.S.

In this episode of Black History In Two Minutes or So…

Land: Giving Rise to the Famous Phrase 40 Acres & a Mule | Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

Land: Giving Rise to the Famous Phrase 40 Acres & a Mule

The phrase “40 acres and a mule” — a promise to former…

The Red Summer | Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

The Red Summer

The events unfolding across the United States today in the…

Lynching | Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

Lynching

Lynching was an action used to terrorize the black…

John Lewis: The Fight for the Right to Vote | Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

John Lewis: The Fight for the Right to Vote

In 1963, John Lewis’ excitement would meet his life’s…

The Black Press: From Freedom’s Journal to The Crisis, Ebony & Jet

White publications have sought to represent all voices in…

First African American Patent Holders

First African American Patent Holders

Black inventors have made significant contributions in the…

Jack Johnson: Winner of the 1910's

Jack Johnson: Winner of the 1910’s ” Fight of the Century”

Jack Johnson entered the world ready to fight in the most…

Black Exploration

Black Explorers

While history celebrates the explorations of many white…

19th Century Black Discoveries

19th Century Black Discoveries

Black innovators and creators have a long history of…

The Black Church

The Black Church

Religion as we know it infiltrated the black community…

African American Higher Education

African American Higher Education

Opportunities for freed black children to further their…

Abolition in the North: Elizabeth Freeman Sues for Freedom

Abolition in the North | Elizabeth Freeman Sues for Freedom

Many people recognize the passage of the 13th Amendment as…

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass | The Most Photographed American of the 19th Century

Born into slavery as Frederick Douglass in 1818, this…

Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson

Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Katherine Johnson…

Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks: The Woman with the Immortal Cells

In February 1951, a young African-American woman by the…

Ella Baker | Black History in Two Minutes

Ella Baker – ‘The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement’

After graduating from Shaw University, Ella Baker moved to…

Black Feminism | Black History in Two Minutes

Black Feminism

Black women and their commitment to freedom and equality…

The Harlem Hellfighters of WWI

The Harlem Hellfighters of World War I

After years of requesting an all-black unit in the National…

Black Power | Black History in Two Minutes

Black Power

In 1965, one of the last traceable remnants of Jim Crow…

The Civil Rights Movement | Black History in Two Minutes

The Civil Rights Movement

The civil rights movement was an organized effort where…

The Tuskegee Study | Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

The Tuskegee Study

In 1932 the United States Public Health Service…

The Harlem Renaissance | Black History in Two Minutes

The Harlem Renaissance

With a Jim Crow south alive and well, many black Americans…

Affirmative Action | Black History in Two Minutes

Affirmative Action

President Lyndon B. Johnson made it clear that a shift was…

The Birth of JazzAffirmative Action | Black History in Two Minutes

The Birth of Jazz

Born in the heart of New Orleans, Louisiana, jazz made its…

Double V Campaign | Black History in Two Minutes

The Double V Campaign of World War II

The Double V Campaign was launched by a prominent black…

Jesse Jackson's Presidential Run (1984)

Jesse Jackson’s Run for the Presidency (1984)

In 1983, Reverend Jesse Jackson launched his bid for…

The Birth of the Black Panther Party | Black History in Two Minutes

The Birth of the Black Panthers

Electrified by the rhetoric of Malcolm X, founding members…

The L.A. Riots | Black History in Two Minutes

The L.A. Riots

Despite footage of police officers beating the late Rodney…

Martin Luther King Jr. – Was his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech Improvised?

Martin Luther King Jr. – Was his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech Improvised?

While Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s influence was large,…

Malcolm X – How Did He Inspire a Movement?

Malcolm X – How Did He Inspire a Movement?

After joining the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X became known…

Booker T. Washington | Black History in Two Minutes

Booker T. Washington

In 1872, Booker T. Washington traveled 500 miles on foot to…

Shirley Chisholm – The First Black Congresswoman

Shirley Chisholm – The First Black Congresswoman

Shirley Chisholm is a political icon who paved the way for…

Robert Smalls: A Slave Who Sailed Himself to Freedom | Black History in Two Minutes

Robert Smalls: A Slave Who Sailed Himself to Freedom….

Robert Smalls was born into slavery and pushed into…