Born A Slave, Died Free--Freed Randolph Slaves' Journey From Virginia to Ohio
In 1833, John Randolph of Roanoke in Virginia died, freeing his slaves. After a 13 year battle in the courts due to the contesting of the will by his brother, the Randolph slaves were finally free to leave. This is their story, and follows their travel to Ohio to claim the land that John Randolph had provided the money for in his will, and the heartbreak they suffered once they arrived.
Nursing the Wounded: Angels of Mercy - Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries
Susie King Taylor's memoirs are the only known published recollection of the experiences of an African American nurse during the Civil War.
In mid-20th century America, most black dolls represented stereotypes, like mammies, dolls advertised as “picaninnies,” and raggedy little boys and girls. Cartoonist Jackie Ormes said, “No more Sambos… Just KIDS!” She transformed her spunky Patty-Jo cartoon character into the first American black doll to have an extensive upscale wardrobe.
Black History | Esther Jones |“Boop-Oop-A-Doop”
Those famous words “Boop-Oop-A-Doop” that are so famously associated with Betty Boop, were first sung on stage in the Cotton Club by a jazz singer named Baby Esther. The "Betty Boop" cartoon character was the subject of a lawsuit by the popular singer Helen Kane, who claimed her singing style had been ripped off. Baby…
Matthias de Sousa ( ? -- ? ) • BlackPast
Matthias de Sousa, an indentured servant, was the only black person to serve in the colonial Maryland legislature. As such he is the first African American to sit in any legislative body in what would become the United States. As one of nine indentured servants … Read MoreMatthias de Sousa ( ? — ? )
JUNETEENTH, JUNE 19, 1865 | came to mark a new beginning and a true independence day for African American Texans. The first official Texas Juneteenth celebration was organized by the Freedmen’s Bureau and it was held in Austin in 1867. For many years resolutions recognizing the historical significance of Juneteenth Independence Day have been introduced in Congress by a number of senators and the hope is that some day, the Juneteenth is recognized as a national holiday.
Cast in Bondage: Charleston Slave Tags and Slave Badges
From the February 2003 edition of the Smithsonian Magazine , "Cast in Bondage Copper neck tags evoke the experience of American slaves hired...
15-Year Old Starts Tech Company, He's Now a Millionaire - Your Black World
by Dr. Boyce Watkins Jaylen Bledsoe is a one-of-kind superstar. The 15-year old sophomore started his own tech company a few years ago, and has found entrepreneurship to be his calling. As a result, he is his own man, and a millionaire because of it. Jaylen says that he started his firm when he was […]
African American Slave Trade: Ships & Records for Genealogy
Use slave ship names and records found in newspapers to trace your ancestors. Learn how these records can help your find lost family history. Learn more!
Black Victorians: History Claims We’ve Only Ever Been Slaves
Since 2014, undiscovered photos of the Black Victorians have appeared online and in museums. But who were this distinct group of people?
Best Black Film Actresses By Decade:1950s
The 1950s saw a burst of Black talent in Hollywood and in the world of entertainment in general. Seeing the start of the Civil Rights Moveme...
Many Native Americans welcomed African Americans into their villages. Even as slaves many African Americans became part of a family group, and many intermarried with Native Americans - thus many later became classified as Black Indians.
Issues - Mia Love for Utah
Mia Love on the Issues While in Congress, Mia has kept her promises to Utah’s 4th District by taking the following actions: Immigration As a daughter of Haitian immigrants who worked tirelessly to become legal citizens, immigration is a deeply personal subject... Read More >> Immigration × A
Riot Grrrl Revolution
disabledgirlism: “ This incredible woman is Claudia Gordon, Claudia Gordon, the first Black deaf female attorney in the U.S., has been an advocate for people with disabilities since high school. It...