When Johnie L. Jones, III was growing up in Hope, Arkansas, the community knew he was destined to be a star. Well, now everybody knows because Johnie recently added two stars to his crown, having been awarded the 2009 Humanitarian Award and the Bache ...
Posted Wednesday, May 27th 2009 at 6:17PM
Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., National Hero of Jamaica, was a publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, Black nationalist, Pan-Africanist, and orator. Marcus Garvey was founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL).
Prior to the twentieth century, l ...
Posted Monday, February 23rd 2009 at 7:27PM
John Brown (c.1810 - 1876) also known by his slave name, 'Fed', was a slave in Virginia. He moved at age ten to North Carolina where he was separated from his mother. He was moved to Georgia where he worked some years on a cotton farm in Milledgeville under harsh conditions.
After several at ...
Posted Monday, February 16th 2009 at 4:33PM
Diplomat, statesman. Born Ralph Johnson Bunche on August 7, 1904 in Detroit, Michigan. He worked his way through college and then travelled, taught at Howard University (1928–41), and wrote A World View of Race (1937). He served in the Office of Strategic Services (1941–4) and then the State De ...
Posted Sunday, February 8th 2009 at 1:43PM
Born c. 1760 possibly in Senegal, Africa. Wheatley was sold in slavery to the John Wheatley family of Boston, Massachusetts in 1761. The family educated her, even teaching her Latin and Greek, and by the age of 13 she was composing poems so ...
Posted Tuesday, February 3rd 2009 at 5:32PM
“We have to improve life, not just for those who have the most skills and those who know how to manipulate the system. But also for and with those who often have so much to give but never get the opportunity.”- Dorothy Height
Dorothy Irene Height was born in Richmond, Virginia, on March 24, ...
Posted Tuesday, February 12th 2008 at 2:06PM
Mansa Kankan Musa
When Mansa Musa came to power, Mali already had firm control of the trade routes to the southern lands of gold and the northern lands of salt. Now Musa brought the lands of the Middle Niger under Mali's rule. He enclosed the ci ...
Posted Monday, February 11th 2008 at 5:51PM
At an early age, Jan showed a remarkable ability to repair complex machinery and often did so when accompanying his father to a factory. When he turned 19, he decided to venture away from home to explore other parts of the world. For two years he wor ...
Posted Monday, February 11th 2008 at 5:47PM
( fl c. 2600 BC). Egyptian official and architect. Imhotep, who bore the title ‘Greatest of Seers in Heliopolis' and served under the kings Djoser (reg c. 2630-c. 2611 BC) to Huni (c. 2600-c. 2575 BC), was traditionally the architect of the step-pyramid complex at SAQQARA. His name was ins ...
Posted Monday, February 11th 2008 at 5:42PM
Born in Columbus, Ohio, in April 23, 1856, Granville T. Woods dedicated his life to developing a variety of inventions relating to the railroad industry. To some he was known as the "Black Edison, both great inventors of their time. Granville T. Woods invented more than a dozen devices to impro ...
Posted Monday, February 11th 2008 at 5:37PM
Mary Ellen Pleasant, referred to as the "mother of civil rights" in 1860s California, is a figure that isn't well-known in modern Black history, but was a famous abolitionist, entrepreneur, and social figure who saved countless lives helping slaves escape to freedom. It was actually Pleasant wh ...
Posted Monday, February 11th 2008 at 2:12PM
Charlayne Hunter-Gault is a woman of distinguised “ firsts”. She holds a place in Georgia civil rights history as one of the first two African -American students admitted to the University of Georgia and she was the first African-American reporter for The New Yorker magazine .
Born on Feb ...
Posted Friday, February 1st 2008 at 11:55AM