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?

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

Malcolm X – How Did He Inspire a Movement?

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

Booker T. Washington

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

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….

Robert Smalls was born into slavery and pushed into…

Freedman’s Bank

In 1865, after the north won the Civil War, the government…

Sojourner Truth: ‘Oprah’s No. 1 Black History Heroine’

Isabella Baumfree was born into slavery in the late 18th…

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman is one of the greatest freedom fighters to…

Ida B. Wells: Fearless Investigative Reporter of Southern Horrors

Born into slavery as Ida B. Wells in 1862, she was a…

The Tulsa Race Riots | Black Wall Street

Fresh off an oil-boom, the black residents of Greenwood,…

The Fisk Jubilee Singers: Perform the Spirituals and Save Their University

Fisk University was founded in Nashville, Tenn. in 1866. As…

Separate But Equal: Homer Plessy and the Case That Upheld the Color Line

In June of 1882, a 30-year-old shoemaker by the name of…

Maya Angelou: 20th Century Renaissance Woman

Maya Angelou, who was born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April…

Madame C.J. Walker: The First Black Millionairess

One of the pioneers of the hair care industry is an…

Convict Leasing

Although the 13th Amendment passed the Senate in 1864 and…

Reconstruction: The Vote

After the Civil War, the Reconstruction era brought about…