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Independence Day: The Significance for Black America

Growing up in the suburbs of Ohio, July 4 was a massive celebration. The whole city of Columbus came together for fireworks on July...

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Jerry Lawson: The man who Pioneered the Video Game Cartridge.

(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...

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12 Facts about George Crum

Before discussing 12 facts about George Crum or George "Speck," let us look at common legends about how some believe potato chips originated. Who...
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Willa Brown: The First Black American Woman to Earn Both a Pilot’s License and a Commercial License

Introduction Years after relocating to Chicago, I learned about Bessie Coleman, the first black woman to obtain a pilot's license in the United States in...

Paul R. Williams: The Man Who Helped Build L.A, Architect to the Stars”

Paul R. Williams was born on February 18, 1894. He is a well-known American architect based in Los Angeles, California. In 1921, he...

Claudette Colvin Refused to Give Up Her Seat on the Bus before Rosa Parks

Claudette Colvin was born on September 5, 1939 (age 81), in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S. She is an activist who was a pioneer in the...

Gertrude Jeannette-First Woman Cabdriver Who Turned Broadway Actor

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...

Muriel Tramis: The First Black Woman Video Game Designer

Men controlled the video gaming industry in the 1980s. The first black woman to design a video game was Muriel Tramis, a French-Caribbean woman...
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The Black Woman who invented Rock n’ Roll Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Podcast Notes Sister Rosetta Tharpe is the topic of this podcast today. Hey everybody, welcome to Tellers of the Untold I'm Vanessa, your host. And...
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