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Poem: "Father Son and Holy Ghost" by Poet Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde was a writer, feminist, womanist, librarian, and civil rights activist. As a poet, she is best known for technical mastery and emotional …

Charley Frank Pride: Renowned Country Music Singer, Musician/Guitarist Business Owner

Charley Frank Pride, is an American country music singer, musician/guitarist, recording artist, performer, and business owner. His greatest musical …

"Poem for My Father" by American Poet Journalist, Quincy Troupe

Quincy Thomas Troupe, Jr. is an American poet, editor, journalist and professor emeritus at the University of California, San Diego, in La Jolla, …

Marlene Nourbese Philip: Influential Author of Novels, Stories Essays

Marlene Nourbese Philip, who publishes under the name M. NourbeSe Philip, is the influential author of several novels, stories, essays and plays …

Willie Mae Young Hart: Prominent Nurse African American Leader Throughout Portland, Oregon

Willie Mae Young Hart-Second from Right<p>Willie Mae Young Hart made a habit of breaking the color line. She helped operate Portland’s first black-owned …

Black Abolitionists: Henry Box Brown the Fugitive Slave Bill Fighter

By Lesley Gist, The Gist of Freedom<p>One day, while I was at work, and my thoughts were eagerly feasting upon the idea of freedom, I felt my soul …

The Golden West Hotel in Portland, Oregon

The Golden West Hotel, located at Northwest Broadway and Everett Streets in Portland, was the first hotel in the city to accommodate African American …

DeNorval Unthank: Physician and Most Visible Civil Rights Activist

DeNorval Unthank was a well-respected physician and most visible civil rights activist in Oregon.<p>Unthank was born in Pennsylvania in 1899, Unthank …

Poem: "Aunties" by Kevin Young

Kevin Young is an American poet and teacher of poetry. Author of 11 books and editor of eight others, Young has been a winner of a Guggenheim …

Clarence M. Dunnaville Jr: Prominent Civil Rights Attorney

Clarence Dunnaville Jr. was the first lawyer of color employed by the Internal Revenue Service and he also was the first black lawyer hired by AT&T. …

Nine Best Lies of Black History

1. Whites were the first people on earth.<br>2. Blacks in slavery were only cotton pickers and maids.<br>3. Lincoln freed the slaves.<br>4. Blacks ate each other …

Sarah Webster Fabio: Influential Scholar, Poet Performer

Sarah Webster Fabio was an influential scholar, poet, and performer. Fabio was a poet, teacher, and scholar of black literature; the author of …

Poem: "The Heart of a Woman" by Poet Georgia D. Johnson

Georgia Johnson was well recognized by her poems in The Heart of a Woman, published in 1918. She explores meaningful themes for women during The …

Howard Jeter: U.S. Ambassador to Botswana and Nigeria

Howard Jeter, U.S. Ambassador to Botswana and later to Nigeria, was born in Maple Ridge, Union County, South Carolina on March 6, 1947 to James …

William Henry Johnson: African American Painter

William Henry Johnson was an African-American painter born in Florence, South Carolina. He became a student at the National Academy of Design in New …

Annie Greene Nelson: First African American South Carolina Woman to Publish a Novel

Key Highlights About Annie Greene Nelson<p>First African American South Carolina Woman to Publish a Novel<br>Attended college at age eighty to take courses …

Flash Black Photo: African American Woman

At Black Then, we frequently see interesting photos that give us a glimpse into the past. They tend to show us a piece of black history that is often …

Obo Addy: Celebrated Ghanian Drummer and Dancer

Obo Addy, a celebrated Ghanian drummer and dancer, lived in Portland for over thirty years and taught at Lewis & Clark College. Addy is best known …

Poem: "The Weary Blues" by Poet Langston Hughes

“The Weary Blues” is a poem by American poet Langston Hughes. Written in 1925, “The Weary Blues” was first published in the Urban League magazine, …

Carrie E. Broadfoot: Founder of the North Carolina Association of Colored Graduate Nurses

Carrie Early Broadfoot was a pioneer in the development of nursing in North Carolina. She was a founder of the North Carolina Association of Colored …

Harvey B. Gantt: First Black Student Admitted to Clemson University

Harvey Bernard Gantt is an American architect and Democratic politician active in North Carolina. Gantt was the first African-American student to be …

[Video] Nathaniel H. "Nat" Reese: Prominent Blues Musician

Nathaniel H. ‘‘Nat’’ Reese was a prominent blues musician. Reese was born in Salem, Virginia on March 4, 1924. When he was four, Reese’s family moved …

[Video]The Charleston Hospital Workers Strike 1969

The Charleston Hospital Workers Strike, 1969 occurred when African-American hospital workers at the South Carolina Medical College Hospital in …

Claudia McNeil: Matriarch Lena Younger in the Stage and Screen Production "A Raisin in the Sun"

Actress Claudia McNeil is best known for her role as matriarch Lena Younger in both the stage and screen productions of A Raisin in the Sun. She …

First African American Hospital Created In 1832 "For The Relief And Protection Of Aged And Afflicted Africans"

The Georgia Infirmary was the first hospital for African Americans built in the United States. Chartered on December 24, 1832 “for the relief and …

Nathaniel J. Frederick: Prominent Activist, Attorney Educator of the Early 1900s

Key Highlights About Nathaniel J. Frederick:<p>Prominent attorney and activist who fought for equal rights for African Americans<br>His work as an activist …

Matthew James Perry Jr: The First African American United States Federal Judge in SC

Matthew James Perry Jr. was an attorney and in 1979 appointed as the first African-American United States federal judge in South Carolina.<br>Perry was …

Robert Blake: Union Navy Sailor During the American Civil War

Robert Blake was a Union Navy sailor during the American Civil War and a recipient of America’s highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor. …

Black Abolitionists: Charles Bennett Ray, The Sole Owner and Editor in 1839 Of The Colored American

By Lestey Gist, The Gist of Freedom<p>Charles Bennett Ray, a journalist, clergyman, and abolitionist became the sole owner and editor in 1839 The …

Poem: "Blue" by Writer Poet, Carl Phillips

Carl Phillips is an American writer and poet. He is a Professor of English and of African and Afro-American Studies at Washington University in St. …