- The recent ABC mini-series, ”Women of the Movement,” which the network broadcast on three consecutive Thursday nights last month [January], introduced Dr. T.R.M. Howard to millions of Americans who had never heard of the late civil rights leader. They deserve to know more.
- Black Swan Records may not instantly be recognized as America’s first Black-owned music label, yet the 100-year-old company existed 40 years before Motown Records.
- For Blacks in America, education has been a key thread in the long struggle for equality and justice since the Emancipation Proclamation.
- The cowboy has been a heroic American figure for generations but only recently has any attempt been made to discuss the extent and scope of the cowboys in the range cattle industry.
- For the uninformed New Yorker, immigrants from the Caribbean nation of Haiti may seem to be newcomers, but the term certainly doesn’t apply broadly: Haitian immigrants have been making their voices heard and achievements noticed for hundreds of years.
- The Best of Friends group was responsible for establishing the influential and memorable nightclubs Leviticus (their flagship club), Othello (later renamed Justine’s), and Bogard’s nightspot in Manhattan, Lucifer’s in Queens, and Brandi’s in Brooklyn.
- After centuries of being shut out of political perches in the nation’s largest city, Black politicians have been elected in an unprecedented wave, presenting them with a rare opportunity to deliver for communities of color.
- Barely 4% of the nation’s 300,000 firefighters are female, with their colleagues comprised of about 78% non-Hispanic white males.
- From documented racial disparities in health care and subpar treatment to mistrust fueled by the U.S. Public Health Service’s “Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male,” the theme is sadly similar for the COVID pandemic: Blacks are getting hit harder, both as civilians and as essential workers on the front lines.
- Nia DaCosta is Hollywood’s newest trailblazer — tapped to direct the upcoming “Captain Marvel” sequel, making her the first Black woman to helm a feature film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Used everywhere from plantations to industrial plants, black labor was instrumental in the American economic production, and nowhere was this fact better illustrated than in the automobile industry.
Separated by more than 900 miles in 1968, striking New York City sanitation workers were brought closer to the Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.-supported black sanitation workers strike in Memphis — through both coincidence and concern for their Southern colleagues.
It’s safe to say that many people in this country believe the leaders of the civil rights movement were the conceivers, organizers and deliverers of the historic Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington. But that is simply not true.
At one time, I thought I knew Rosie the Riveter, the iconic figure who symbolized dutiful female American workers in World War II munitions factories. She resonated in posters, cartoons and history books as a strong, blond and loyal Caucasian woman. Then I discovered that my mother – an African-American woman – was a Rosie!
On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama, sparking a social movement. Parks was born on Feb. 4, 1913, and died at the age of 92 on Oct. 24, 2005. Take a look back at the history of the civil rights pioneer and her role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Trailblazers in the Black community have inspired generations of future leaders in all fields, from art to science to politics to sports. Take a look back at the names that have opened the door for the next generation of Black men and women in honor of Black History Month.
Black Americans have made great contributions to our country, and these American landmarks tell an important story of hope, justice and societal change. (Syjil Ashraf, The Active Times)
In celebrating Black History Month, Stacker takes a look at 50 black athletes who transformed American sports. These basketball stars, boxing legends and Olympic heroes achieved masterful feats in competition, and away from sport.
Rosa Parks was arrested in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus. The act of civil disobedience made Parks an icon of the Civil Rights Movement. Here are words of wisdom and thoughts shared by Parks from her autobiography "Rosa Parks: My Story" and memoir "Quiet Strength." (TCA Staff)