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Director and Producer, Stanley Nelson’s acclaimed new documentary, “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” will premiere on PBS’ independent film series INDEPENDENT LENS, Tuesday evening. This will be the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther...
Alice Walker was born on February 9, 1944, in Eatonton, Georgia, the eighth and youngest child of Minnie Tallulah Grant Walker and Willie Lee Walker. Her parents were poor sharecroppers. Alice grew up in an environment of violent racism which, along with her family's poverty,...
#BLACKHISTORY IS EVERYONE'S HISTORY Today we remember Garrett Morgan, an African American inventor born March 4, 1877. Morgan invented the gas mask and the traffic signal. He was awarded a patent for his Safety Hood and Smoke Protector in 1914. In a 1916 heroic rescue, Morgan...
Shirley Chisholm‬ was the first African-American woman elected to Congress, she also sought the Democratic nomination in 1972 as the first black woman to run for president.
After a decade long campaign and 40,000 signatures, the U.S. Postal Service is releasing a stamp commemorating Richard Allen, the founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, on February 2, 2016. The stamps release is meant to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the...
#BLACKHISTORY IS EVERYONE'S HISTORY Civil Rights Activist Ruby Bridges - At age 6, the brave little girl was the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South in 1960. White parents pulled their children out of classes she was in, and teachers refused...
#BLACKHISTORY IS EVERYONE'S HISTORY Today we remember Charles Rich Patterson and his son Frederick Patterson. C.R. was born a slave and died an entrepreneur. The C.R. Patterson & Son Carriage Company of Greenfield, Ohio became the nation's first and only African-Am erican...