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

The events unfolding across the United States today in the…

Lynching

Lynching was an action used to terrorize the black…

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

Black inventors have made significant contributions in the…

Robert F. Smith Delivers 5 Word ‘2020 Webby Awards’ Acceptance Speech

Black History in Two Minutes (or so) named a 2020 Webby…

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

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

Black Explorers

While history celebrates the explorations of many white…

Dr. Henry Louis Gates Calling For Webby Awards Voters!

Be Woke Presents: Black History in Two Minutes (or so) —…

Black History In Two Minutes (or so) Nominated for 2 Webby Awards

Be Woke Presents: Black History in Two Minutes (or so) —…

19th Century Black Discoveries

Black innovators and creators have a long history of…

The Black Church

Religion as we know it infiltrated the black community…

African American Higher Education

Opportunities for freed black children to further their…

Abolition in the North | Elizabeth Freeman Sues for Freedom

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

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

Born into slavery as Frederick Douglass in 1818, this…

Katherine Johnson

Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Katherine Johnson…

Henrietta Lacks: The Woman with the Immortal Cells

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

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

After graduating from Shaw University, Ella Baker moved to…

The Harlem Hellfighters of World War I

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

Black Power

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

The Civil Rights Movement

The civil rights movement was an organized effort where…

The Tuskegee Study

In 1932 the United States Public Health Service…

The Harlem Renaissance

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

Affirmative Action

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

The Birth of Jazz

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

The Double V Campaign of World War II

The Double V Campaign was launched by a prominent black…

Jesse Jackson’s Run for the Presidency (1984)

In 1983, Reverend Jesse Jackson launched his bid for…

The Birth of the Black Panthers

Electrified by the rhetoric of Malcolm X, founding members…

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…