Vinnette Justine Carroll (March 11, 1922 — November 5, 2002) was an American playwright and actress, and the first African-American woman to direct on Broadway, with the 1972 musical Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope.
Born Vinnette Justine Carroll in ...
Posted Tuesday, March 11th 2014 at 9:44PM
Louise Ellen Beavers was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to school teacher Ernestine Monroe Beavers and William M. Beavers, who was originally from Georgia. Due to her mother's illness, Louise and her parents moved to Pasadena, California.
Beavers first ...
Posted Monday, March 10th 2014 at 3:57PM
Margaret Murray Washington, born March 9, 1865, was one of ten children born to sharecroppers. Her father was of Irish descent and her mother was African American. As a child Murray spent much of her time reading and quickly excelled in school. By th ...
Posted Monday, March 10th 2014 at 3:53PM
Carrie Best was born Carrie Prevoe in New Glasgow, Canada on March 4, 1903. to James and Georgina Ashe Prevoe. A creative child, Carrie wrote poetry at age four and many letters to Canadian newspaper editors expressing her views while in her teen yea ...
Posted Wednesday, March 5th 2014 at 5:52PM
Ophelia DeVore-Mitchell, pioneering model, dies at 93
BY LARRY GIERER
March 4, 2014
One of the first African-American models in the country and founder of the first black model agency, Ophelia DeVore-Mitchell died Friday at the age of 93 in New ...
Posted Tuesday, March 4th 2014 at 6:51PM
SOJOURNER TRUTH'S INFAMOUS "AIN'T I A WOMAN" SPPECH
Sojourner Truth was born Isabella Baumfree, the youngest of 12 children, in Ulster County, NY, in 1797. When she was nine, Isabella was sold from her family to an English speaking-family calle ...
Posted Saturday, March 1st 2014 at 5:19PM
Vernon Johns (April 22, 1892 – June 11, 1965) was an American minister and civil rights leader who was active in the struggle for civil rights for African Americans from the 1920s. At times he has been rated as one of the three greatest African-A ...
Posted Friday, February 28th 2014 at 12:23PM
Anna Julia Haywood Cooper (Raleigh, August 10, 1858 – February 27, 1964) was an American author, educator, speaker and one of the most prominent African-American scholars in United States history. Upon receiving her PhD in history from the University ...
Posted Thursday, February 27th 2014 at 8:04PM
Elijah Muhammad was the leader of the Nation of Islam ("Black Muslims") during their period of greatest growth in the mid-twentieth century. He was a major promoter of independent, black-operated businesses, institutions, and religion.
Elijah Muh ...
Posted Tuesday, February 25th 2014 at 11:07AM
More than a half-century ago, Alexander P. Tureaud Jr. became the first African-American undergraduate at Louisiana State University until students, teachers, the administration and the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals forced him out before he cou ...
Posted Monday, February 24th 2014 at 5:24PM
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan told a crowd of 18,000 in Detroit on Sunday that African-Americans should set up their own courts after being failed by the U.S.' own justice system.
“Our people can’t take much more. We have to have our own ...
Posted Monday, February 24th 2014 at 4:41PM
Horace Pippin (February 22, 1888 – July 6, 1946) was a self-taught African-American painter. The injustice of slavery and American segregation figure prominently in many of his works.
He was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Goshe ...
Posted Saturday, February 22nd 2014 at 6:19PM
February 21, marks the anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, one of the world's most brilliant, courageous and visionary freedom fighters. Even more than four decades after his death, Malcolm continues to provide a sterling example to young ...
Posted Friday, February 21st 2014 at 12:03PM
Edith Spurlock Sampson (October 13, 1898 – October 8, 1979) was an American lawyer and judge, and the first Black U.S. delegate appointed to the United Nations.
Sampson was one of eight children born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. to Louis Spur ...
Posted Wednesday, February 19th 2014 at 2:06PM
Oretha Castle Haley was born in Oakland, Tennessee in 1939 and moved to New Orleans with her parents in 1947 at the young age of 8. After graduating from Joseph S. Clark High School she enrolled at the Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) where ...
Posted Tuesday, February 18th 2014 at 9:09PM
Huey Newton, the youngest of seven children, was born in Monroe, Louisiana, on 17th February, 1942. His father, who named his son after the radical politcian, Huey P. Long, was an active member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colou ...
Posted Monday, February 17th 2014 at 2:59PM
The first African American Postmaster of a major postal facility, Henry W. McGee, Sr. was born in Hillsboro, Texas, in 1910, and moved to Chicago in 1927. McGee was the first person to rise from the ranks of letter carriers to achieve the status of ...
Posted Sunday, February 16th 2014 at 3:53PM
Henry Jay Lewis (October 16, 1932 – January 26, 1996) was an African-American double-bassist and orchestral conductor.
Originally from Los Angeles, California, Lewis attended The University of Southern California and at age 16, joined the Los Ange ...
Posted Saturday, February 15th 2014 at 2:34PM
Morehouse College is one of ten historically black colleges and universities in Georgia. Located a few miles from downtown Atlanta in the historic West End district, Morehouse is one of only five all-male colleges in the United States and the only on ...
Posted Friday, February 14th 2014 at 10:41AM
Donald Argee "Don" Barksdale (March 31, 1923 – March 8, 1993) was an American professional basketball player. He was a pioneer as an African-American basketball player, becoming the first to be named NCAA All-American, the first to play on a United S ...
Posted Thursday, February 13th 2014 at 11:23AM
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is an African-American civil rights organization in the United States, formed in 1909. Its mission is "to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of right ...
Posted Wednesday, February 12th 2014 at 1:51PM
Nelson Mandela walked out of the Victor Verster prison at 4.14pm on February 11, 1990, after spending 27 years in detention under the apartheid regime in South Africa.
Accompanied by his then wife Winnie, Mr. Mandela waved to crowds and smile ...
Posted Tuesday, February 11th 2014 at 3:05PM
Charles W. Follis, a.k.a. "The Black Cyclone," (February 3, 1879 – April 5, 1910) was the first black professional football player. He played for the Shelby Blues of the "Ohio League" from 1902 to 1906. On September 16, 1904, Follis signed a contract ...
Posted Monday, February 10th 2014 at 3:21PM
Joseph Charles Price was born in Elizabeth City, N.C. on Feb. 10, 1854. Emily Paulin, his mother, was born a free African American woman and his father, Charles Dozier, was a slave. During Slavery the child always followed the status of the mother. ...
Posted Sunday, February 9th 2014 at 4:46PM