Archive for the ‘Black History’ Category

George Washington Carver Biography


George Washington Carver was born into slavery in Diamond, Missouri, around 1864. The exact year and date of his birth are unknown. Carver went on to become one of the most prominent scientists and inventors of his time, as well as a teacher at the Tuskegee Institute. Carver devised over 100 products using one of these crops—the peanut—including dyes, plastics and gasoline. He died in 1943.

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Madam C.J. Walker Biography


Madam C.J. Walker was born Sarah Breedlove on December 23, 1867, near Delta, Louisiana. After suffering from a scalp ailment that resulted in her own hair loss,


“I want the great masses of my people to take a greater pride in their personal appearance and to give their hair proper attention.”

– Madam C.J. Walker

Ira Aldridge Biography


Born on July 24, 1807, in New York City, Ira Aldridge acted with the African Grove Theatre before making his 1833 London debut as Othello. Other Shakespearean roles followed, and Aldridge became a renowned thespian, touring countries like Austria and Russia and earning the nickname “African Roscius.” He also used his fame to call for slavery’s end. He died on August 7, 1867, while in Poland.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Biography

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Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. King, both a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist, had a seismic impact on race relations in the United States, beginning in the mid-1950s. Among many efforts, King headed the SCLC. Through his activism, he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the South and other areas of the nation,

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Philanthropy and the Black Church


By LaTasha Chaffin, Graduate Student, Grand Valley State University

Historically, the Black church has been a core institution for African-American philanthropy. The Black church does not only serve as a faith-based house of worship, but it facilitates organized philanthropic efforts including meeting spiritual, psychological, financial, educational and basic humanitarian such as food, housing, and shelter needs. Black churches are also involved in organizing and providing volunteers to the community and in civil and human rights activism.

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The history of Black Economic Empowerment

Published on Mar 18, 2012
“Power To The People: The History Of Black Economic Empowerment”
by Reverend Dr. Charles B. Jackson, Sr. VIDEO

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African Presence in Ancient America before Columbus

Published on Feb 12, 2013

This video’s purpose is to stress to Africans in America and the world that our history did not start with slavery in the New World. The Ancient Ancestors of Egypt and West Africa traveled to the New World, traded and exchanged cultural ideas with the inhabitants. VIDEO

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James Baldwin on Black Economic Empowerment

Author and civil rights activist James Baldwin goes back to his Deep South roots 25 years after the civil rights movement ended to see what has changed. He finds out the US government was keen to suppport voter registration activities but not black economic empowerment. Contains shocking scenes of black activists being abused while staging a sit-in at a white- only restaurant. VIDEO

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Malcom X speaks about Black Economics

Malcom X – the original expert on Black Economics. The purpose of this video is for Black people and the oppressed living in America to pool our wealth and resources and accomplish great economic gains and eventually controlling our own destiny. VIDEO

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