The 19th Amendment Over a hundred years ago, on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution became official when Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby signed a proclamation certifying its ratification. The Amendment promised women that their right to vote would not be denied based on sex. However, this is a myth that all women were granted the right […]
The Tulsa Race Massacre, also known as the Tulsa Race Riot remains one of the worst incidents of racial violence in U.S. history, and one that is not told in our history books. With Tulsa being segregated by the north and south, there was only one place to go if you were black and wanted […]
Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green had made history when she became the first person to cure cancer in mice using laser technology-activated nanoparticles successfully. This unique nanoparticle technology was found to cure cancer after testing on mice successfully for 15 days. It does not require chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery. The laser technology-activated nanoparticles is an innovative cancer treatment […]
It’s worth examining the social dynamics of 1918 Spanish flu compared to COVID-19 today in 2020. Until today, the 1918 influenza pandemic was the most severe in recent history. It was caused by an H1N1 virus, with genes of avian origin. Mortality was high in people younger than five years old, 20-40 years old, and […]
In 1956, Lila Fenwick became the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Law School. Fenwick later led the United Nations’ Human Rights Division. She attended Harvard in 1954 when the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education came down, joining only a handful of women and the only black woman a one year before Ruth Bader Ginsburg started as a first-year student at the school.
Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February in the United States as National Black History Month. Other countries around the world, such as Canada (1995), United Kingdom (1987), and Ireland (2010), also devoted a month to celebrate black history. Dr. Carter G Woodson In 1916 Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the […]
Alexander Lucius Twilight was the first Black-American known to have earned a bachelor’s degree from an American college or university. He was also the first Black-American elected as a state legislator, serving in the Vermont House of Representatives, and the only Black-American ever elected to a state legislature before the Civil War. Early Life Born […]
In 1966, Maulana Karenga, author, and activist who was involved with the Black Power movement in the 1960s and 1970s, founded Kwanzaa. His goal was to create the first Black holiday. He said he wanted to “give Blacks an alternative to the existing holiday to allow Blacks to celebrate themselves and history, rather than simply […]
Gertrude Hadley Jeannette became the first woman in New York City licensed to drive a motorcycle. She was the first woman licensed to drive a cab. She became the first black actor to appear on National Television. Playwright, producer, director, and actress of the stage and screen, Gertrude Hadley Jeannette, was born in Urbana, Arkansas, on November 28, 1914, to Willis […]
In history, black veterans have been a threat to Jim Crow and racial subordination. Thousands of black veterans were assaulted, threatened, abused, or lynched following military service. Black veterans who fought for our country often lost their lives after returning home by those they risked their lives to protect. The GI Bill helped foster a […]
The first American woman of African heritage to receive a patent from the U.S Patent and Trademark Office.
Sarah Elisabeth Goode Sarah E. Goode was an entrepreneur and inventor. She was the very first American woman of African heritage to receive a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office 1885 (Patent #322,17). Although there is still a debate over who is the first recipient of the patent number, some say it […]
Thomas Green Wiggins “Blind Tom”: the highest-paid pianist of the 19th century and the first Black to perform in the White House.
Thomas Green Wiggins, also is known as Thomas Wiggins or “Blind Tom,” became the highest-paid pianist of the 19th century and was one of the best-known American performing pianists. Thomas also made history by becoming the first black person to perform in the White House. His repertoire included Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bach, Chopin, Verdi, Rossini, Donitzetti, Meyerbeer, […]
Meet a substantial contributor to the study of cardiovascular disease and the first black Ph.D. in Chemistry.
Courage is like — it’s a habitus, a habit, a virtue: you get it by courageous acts. It’s like you learn to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging. – Marie Maynard Daly Photo Credit: STEMtrix Marie Maynard Daly was not only the first black person to receive a Ph.D. in Chemistry, but she also […]
My husband and I are “foodies.” We love to try various cuisines from hidden mama and papa dives to food trucks and even fine dining. We know our Chefs, and I am a Food Network, “junkie.” However, before the time of Wolf Gang Puck, Anthony Bourdain, James Beard, Marcus Samuelsson or even B. Smith, there […]
Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The inventor of Rock and Roll! Our future is lost if we fail to recognize the past. I hope that generations today and the future will come to know Sister Rossetta Tharpe of her greatness and influence on rock and roll. I love all types of music, past, and present, and when […]
By David Robinson I would like to shed some light upon a hero, patriot, and pioneer who is virtually unknown with the exception of us diehard aviation buffs. Ensign Jesse Leroy Brown, USN, was the first black naval aviator in the United States Navy and flew and fought in the Korean War. Unlike the Tuskegee […]
Growing up in the suburbs in Ohio, July 4 was a massive celebration. The whole city of Columbus came together for fireworks on July 3. However, the next morning I participated in a parade where seats were reserved on lawns a week early in anticipation for the best viewing. How much do we know about […]
Dr. Sebi: The Infamous Household Name in Hip Hop and Health for Decades (That You are Probably Just Now Hearing)
Written by Desmond Alphonso Photo Credit: Wake Up World. The common idiom “you are what you eat” may tend to take on a different meaning within pop culture today. Previously, the immediate perception simply was the consumer will react according to the quality of the food, but because of the lifestyle influence of Dr. Sebi, […]
What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated on June 19 for the past 150 years that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Many don’t know what it is, or how it got its name. The name Juneteenth originated from Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. This day is a combination of […]
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States. The day is to remember and honor people who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. What most people do not know is that Memorial Day was started by former slaves! In his book Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American […]
Gerald Anderson “Jerry” Lawson (December 1, 1940 – April 9, 2011) Photo credits: The Estate of Jerry Lawson (Jerry Lawson) Before Xbox, PlayStation or even Atari, you had to buy a machine for each game, but Jerry Lawson changed that and was one of the founders of the video game industry. Born December 1, 1940, […]