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…