As I was looking up moments in Black History to research for Black History Month, I came across a period in time right after the Civil War called the Opelousas Riots. Now this intrigued me because we are getting ready to elect a new president whether Democrat or Republican. Did you know that originally in […]
The Lone Ranger Born into slavery on July 1838, in Crawford County, Arkansas Reeves family were property of Arkansas state legislator William Steel Reeves. Bass worked along with his parents and started out as a water boy until he was able to work the fields. They were relocated to Grayson County, Texas where Bass would […]
Cathay WIlliams was the first black woman to enlist in the Army in November 15, 1886 and she was the only AfricanAmerican woman documented to serve in the 19th century.
Mary Ellen Pleasant was born on August 19, 1814 in Virginia. She spent her early years in Nantucket working as a bondservant to the Hussey family, an abolitionist family. Later in life, Pleasant married James Smith, a wealthy former plantation owner and an abolitionist. Mary Ellen and James worked on the Underground Railroad. Smith died […]
Matthew Henson was born in Charles County, Maryland, on August 8, 1866. He was an African American explorer best known as the co-discoverer of the North Pole with Robert Edwin Peary in 1909.
Oprah Winfrey is the first African American billionaire best known for hosting her own internationally popular talk show from 1986 to 2011.
On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States becoming the first African American to hold that office. President Obama was re-elected for a second four-year term as president on November 6, 2012 receiving nearly five million more votes than Republican opponent Mitt Romney and capturing more than […]
Million Man March, 1995 On October 1995, over a million black men gathered in Washington, D.C. for the Million Man March, organized and led by Minister Louis Farrakhan in order to declare their right to justice to atone for their failure as men, and to accept responsibility as head of the family. The Million Man […]
Debra Lee has been recognized as one of the most powerful women in the entertainment business. After being appointed, in 2005, as chairman and CEO of Black Entertainment Television (BET), the leading network for African-American entertainment throughout the nation, Lee has reinvigorated the network’s productions by providing quality, relatable and enjoyable shows for the masses.; […]
Channing Dungey, executive VP of drama at ABC, has been named entertainment president of ABC, replacing Paul Lee, who was ousted in a power struggle with Ben Sherwood, president of Disney/ABC Television. She’s the first African-American person to head programming at a major broadcast network. Dungey will now report directly to Sherwood. “Channing is a gifted leader and […]