Category Archives: Lessons in Black History

Lessons in Black History – ALTHEA GIBSON

ALTHEA GIBSON– Long before the Williams sisters took the world of tennis by storm, there was Althea Gibson, the South Carolina-born woman who broke the color barrier of competitive tennis. Gibson’s family moved to Harlem in the 1930s, and it … Continue reading

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Lessons in Black History – BLACK BASKETBALL PLAYERS

Black Basketball Players—It seems impossible to believe that there was ever a time when basketball was a segregated sport, but up until the 1950-51 season, the NBA was a white-only league. Before the NBA desegregated, the only integrated basketball league … Continue reading

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Lessons in Black History – OTIS BLACKWELL

OTIS BLACKWELL – It’s easy to not fully comprehend the importance of black musicians in the history of rock-n-roll, because so many contributions by black musicians have never been properly acknowledged. For every blues musician like Robert Johnson or early … Continue reading

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Lessons in Black History – JAMES BENJAMIN “BIG BEN” PARKER

JAMES BENJAMIN “BIG BEN” PARKER – On September 6, 1901, President William McKinnley was attending the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. At shortly after 4pm, Leon Czgolosz, a self-proclaimed anarchist from Michigan, fired two shots at President McKinley. Standing … Continue reading

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Lesson in Black History – THE VANPORT FLOOD

The Vanport Flood—Vanport City was founded in Oregon, just north of Portland, in 1943. A makeshift community that was built to house the shipyard workers who had come to work in Portland and Vancouver, Washington, during World War II, Vanport … Continue reading

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Lessons in Black History – MATTHEW HENSON

MATTHEW HENSON – Robert Peary is most often credited as the first man set foot at the North Pole, but technically and historically that distinction goes to Matthew Henson, a fellow explorer and associate of Peary. Both men had worked … Continue reading

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Black Superheroes in Film (and TV): An Almost Complete Guide

Yesterday, the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War dropped, and people went nuts—especially for the brief footage of Black Panther. Now, this isn’t the first time we’ve had a black character in a superhero movie, but you wouldn’t know … Continue reading

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Lessons in Black History – SPENCER WILLIAMS

Spencer Williams—A highly regarded actor and filmmaker, Spencer Williams will always be best remembered for being Andy on The Amos ‘n’ Andy Show that ran on television between 1951 and 1953 for a total of 78 episodes. Williams was born … Continue reading

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Lessons in Black History – Oliver Brown

Oliver Brown—The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the landmark case of Brown vs. the Board of Education helped lay the groundwork for ending segregation in the United States. Sadly, most people don’t know who Brown was. Oliver Leroy Brown was … Continue reading

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Lessons in Black History – The Lovings

Richard and Mildred Loving – On June 12, 1967, the United States Supreme Court made a landmark decision in the case of Loving vs. Virginia, effectively clearing the way for interracial marriages in all fifty states. When the court ruled … Continue reading

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