Vocalist Frankie Lymon (1942-1968) became the first black American teen heartthrob. He also inspired a number of younger musicians, including Michael Jackson. Born in Harlem, he became a singer of doo-wop, performing with his friends for donations ...
Posted Tuesday, September 13th 2011 at 2:51PM
The first known black regular lecturer in the antislavery cause and the first major black abolitionist was Charles Lenox Redmond (1810-73). His fame soared, following a triumphant tour of England. He was one of the seventeen members of the New Engl ...
Posted Monday, September 12th 2011 at 4:13PM
In 1968 Gordon A. Parks Sr. (1912-?) produced The Learning Tree, and he helped to break down racial barriers in Hollywood when he became the first black to produce, direct, and score a film for a major studio, Warner Bros. The film, Seven Arts, was ...
Posted Friday, September 9th 2011 at 4:45PM
In 1954 Norma Merrick Sklarek (1928-?) became the first black woman registered architect in New York State. In 1962 she became the first black woman licensed in California. She was also the first black woman fellow of the American Institute of Arch ...
Posted Thursday, September 8th 2011 at 3:24PM
Daniel Hale Williams (1856-1931) performed the world’s first successful heart operation on July 9, 1893. The open-heart surgery was executed at Provident Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, a hospital that Williams founded. He opened the chest of James ...
Posted Wednesday, September 7th 2011 at 1:47PM
Charlotta Bass (1880-1969) is thought to be the first woman to own and publish a newspaper in this country. She bought the California Owl in 1912 and ran it for some forty years. Bass was the Progressive Party’s vice-presidential candidate in 1952, ...
Posted Tuesday, September 6th 2011 at 3:54PM
Ralph Waldo Ellison (1914-1994) was the first black to win the National Book Award for his novel, Invisible Man. Written in 1952, the book deals with a black man’s “place” in a white man’s world. Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, he studied at Tuske ...
Posted Tuesday, August 30th 2011 at 3:02PM
Greater Than AIDS and b Condoms are teaming up this fall to bring HIV awareness to the mid-Atlantic, South, and Southeast through the HBCU b Healthy Tour. The HBCU b Healthy Tour aims to inspire, unite, and leverage attendance at HBCU campuses, foo ...
Posted Monday, August 29th 2011 at 3:27PM
Jack Johnson (1878-1946) knocked out Tommy Burns on December 26 in Sydney, Australia, in the fourteenth round to become the first black heavyweight boxing champion. He lost only five of his first ninety-seven fights. Born in Galveston ...
Posted Monday, August 29th 2011 at 3:01PM
The Brandford Modeling Agency, founded by Edward Brandford (1908-?) was the first licensed black modeling agency in the country. Their models were known as “Brandford Lovelies.” Brandford was born in Jamaica, British West Indies, and was apprentice ...
Posted Friday, August 26th 2011 at 3:39PM
In 1921 the Pace Phonograph Company, which used the Black Swan label, was the first record company owned and operated by a black. It was established in January 1921 by Henry Pace (1897-1943), who had been owner of a music publishing company with W.C ...
Posted Thursday, August 25th 2011 at 3:15PM
In 1966 Spottswood Robinson (1916-98) became the first black judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. Robinson was born in Richmond, Virginia. He attended Virginia Union University in Richmond for a while, but entered Howard University ...
Posted Tuesday, August 23rd 2011 at 2:10PM
A study released last week by researchers from the University of Kansas revealed that African-American researchers are more than 30 percent less likely to receive funding for projects from the National Institutes of Health than their white, Hispanic ...
Posted Monday, August 22nd 2011 at 5:55PM
By Dr. Kerry-Ann Hamilton:
Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), will serve as keynote speaker at the University’s 144th Convocation, September 23 at 11 a.m. in Cramton Auditorium, ...
Posted Monday, August 22nd 2011 at 5:42PM
In 1890 Ida Gray Nelson Rollins (1867-1953) became the first black woman to earn a doctor of dental surgery degree in the United States. She graduated from the University of Michigan in June. Nelson Rollins was born in Clarksville, Tennessee. Her ...
Posted Monday, August 22nd 2011 at 2:47PM
By Hona Amer:
While the national debt ceiling is a topic on every news channel, another kind of debt is sabotaging the youth in America. Student loan debt is a silent predator. According to
the Wall Street Journal, America's college students in 2 ...
Posted Thursday, August 18th 2011 at 3:07PM
By Samieh Shalash:
Dressed in a little black dress, stiletto-high platform heels and showing off toned legs, Miss Hampton University is listed as "The Dream Girl" in Ebony magazine's annual campus queens edition.
Desiree Williams, a 2011 HU gra ...
Posted Thursday, August 18th 2011 at 2:52PM
Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated (DST) today announced that it is making available its Alabama State University-Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Conference white paper. The report addresses outcomes from the Conference hel ...
Posted Thursday, August 18th 2011 at 2:25PM
The National Science Foundation-Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology has awarded Alabama State University a five-year $1.75 million grant to continue its Historically Black College and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP). ...
Posted Wednesday, August 17th 2011 at 6:38PM
Cheyney State College sometimes referred to as the oldest black college in the United States, had its beginning in 1832. Richard Humphreys, a Philadelphia Quaker, willed $10,000 to a board of trustees to establish a school for blacks. A school for ...
Posted Wednesday, August 17th 2011 at 4:30PM
By Dom Apollon:
“In the United States, people who work hard generally succeed in life.”
You could argue that those 12 simple words sum up the theory of American life since the nation’s founding, and studies show wide agreement across demographi ...
Posted Wednesday, August 17th 2011 at 3:25PM
While the national debt ceiling is a topic on every news channel, another kind of
debt is sabotaging the youth in America. Student loan debt is a silent predator.
According to the Wall Street Journal, America's college students in 2008-2009
Posted Monday, August 15th 2011 at 3:40PM
In 1903 Maggie Lena Walker (1865-1934) became the first black woman president on July 28, when she founded the Saint Luke Penny Savings Bank in Richmond, Virginia. The bank began as an insurance society in which Walker became active at the time of ...
Posted Monday, August 15th 2011 at 3:02PM
Forbes magazine, a national bi-weekly publication featuring business and financial news, has ranked SC State University in the top 20 percent of undergraduate institutions in the nation.
The rankings are exclusively prepared by the Center for Coll ...
Posted Thursday, August 11th 2011 at 3:13PM