We've all heard of Madame CJ Walker, who is famously thought to be the first Black female millionaire, but have you ever heard of Mary Ellen Pleasant? Her story is quite extraordinary and illustrates how a savvy Black cook, who was deemed "invisible" by whites, used financial tips she picked up while eavesdropping on wealthy White businessmen she served, lead her to become a multimillionaire.
Many may not realize, but legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday was a big part of the Civil Rights Movement. In fact, her 1939 song about lynching, "Strange Fruit," made her a target of the FBI.
Ever since they brought us to AmeriKKKa in chains, they've been on a mission to emasculate the Black man and tear apart our families. And while in slavery, they categorized us as nothing more than "stud breeders" and our women as livestock for ownership purposes.
For more than the last four decades, Houstonians proudly line the streets for the annual Black Heritage Society’s MLK Parade, but do you know who is responsible for its creation? Civil Rights ‘warrior’ Ovide Duncantell.
Even though "Black" history is "American" history, and should be celebrated year-round, the entire month of February is designated as the official month for people across the country to celebrate the accomplishments of a race of people who have been disenfranchised for generations.
On January 20, the nation took on the tune of a Ray Charles hit, officially singing to "President" Donald Trump to "hit the road, Jack, and don't you come back no more, no more!" But now, what happens next?
By: Amanda Gorman When day comes, we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry. A sea we must wade. We braved the belly of the beast. We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace, and the norms and notions of what “just” is isn’t always justice. And yet
On January 20, the country met - and fell in love - with Amanda Gorman, the nation's first-ever youth poet laureate, as she eloquently spoke of inspiration for a new America at the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
But one thing is for certain, a truly powerful person can start or change a movement and can make history along the way. And when "power" is wrapped up in a beautiful Black package -- it makes it even better.
Originally published under the headline “The Negro Is Your Brother,” this letter became a landmark document of the Civil Rights Movement.