Black History

10 Shirley Chisholm Quotes That Show Her Determination and Fortitude

Before Barack Obama, Kamala Harris, Hillary Clinton and others raised the bar for what Black and female politicians could accomplish…

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11 Powerful James Baldwin Quotes

James Baldwin was one of the leading voices of the civil rights movement. The author was born in 1924 in…

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The Unlikely Friendship of Eleanor Roosevelt and Mary McLeod Bethune

For nearly three decades, educator and civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune, often called the “First Lady of the Struggle,”…

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9 Key Figures of the Harlem Renaissance

As the Great Migration of African Americans made its way north, New York City’s Harlem neighborhood became a vibrant hotspot…

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How Mary McLeod Bethune Became a Pioneer in Black Education

One of 17 children born to formerly enslaved people, Mary McLeod Bethune spent the first few years of her life picking cotton…

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Chadwick Boseman’s Private and Courageous Cancer Battle

When Chadwick Boseman stepped into the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time for Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War in…

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How Lonnie Johnson Invented the Super Soaker

For the past 30 years, kids (and more than a few adults) around the world have busted out their Super…

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How Carter G. Woodson’s Life’s Work Fueled the Creation of Black History Month

For the last four and a half decades, every February has marked the celebration of Black History Month — an…

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Daniel Hale Williams Performed the First Successful Open Heart Surgery During an Emergency Procedure

When James Cornish stumbled into the recently established Provident Hospital one summer night in 1893, he probably wasn’t thinking about…

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Benjamin Banneker Wrote Thomas Jefferson a Letter Challenging the Founding Father’s Contradictory Views on Race and Freedom

For all his Enlightenment-influenced ideals, which manifested with the “all men are created equal” assertions of the Declaration of Independence,…

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