Posts Tagged ‘history’

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  Many runaway slaves, who were mandated to work for Confederate military forts during the Civil War, along with “stay-in-place” slaves (stay at slaveowners’ homes) served as spies for the Union and provided a steady stream of information that saved the lives of Union soldiers and fellow slaves. These African-American spies did this while risking their own lives. […]


80 years. 11 Black actors. 13 wins. 1st win in 1939. One in the 60s. Two each in the 80s and 90s. 7 in the 21st century. Of the roughly 300 winners (for acting) in Oscar’s 80-year history, only 13 gold statuettes — about 4% — have been given to a Black actor for a […]


Boubacar Joseph Ndiaye, curator of Senegal’s House of Slaves, died on February 6. He was 86. Mr. Ndiaye dedicated the better part of his life overseeing the slave memorial on Goree’ Island, off the coast of Senegal at Dakar. The island was once used as a holding facility for captured Africans before their long voyage […]


Up from History – The Life of Booker T. Washington (The Belknap Press/Harvard University Press, 2009) offers a well-researched and detailed biographical account of the early 20th-century Black leader. A professor of history at the University of Tennessee, author Robert J. Norrell posits that contrary to Washington’s historical label as an Uncle Tom, his passionate […]


No, it’s not Carter G. Woodson. Dr. Woodson most certainly helped establish Negro History Week in 1926–the second week in February (also honoring the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass), which eventually became Black History Month in 1976–but there’s another African-American man who’s credited with first documenting the history of Black people in America. […]