Nathaniel Gordon: The Only Slave Trader to Be Tried and Executed in the United States for Engaging in Slave Trade
Nathaniel Gordon was a slave trader who, in 1862, became the only person in U.S. history to be executed for being engaged in the illegal trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Tom Wiggins: The Blind Autistic Musical Genius Who Was Exploited by His White Masters Throughout His Life
Born into slavery, Thomas Wiggins “Blind Tom”, was a musical prodigy who became a touring phenomenon in the 1800’s, playing his own compositions and improvising on the piano.
Julie Hayden: The 17-Year-Old Black American Girl Who Was Murdered for Educating Black Children in 1874
Julie Hayden was a 17-year-old Black school teacher who was murdered in 1874 for teaching Black children in Hartsville, Tennessee, by members of the White Man’s League.
Shambel Abebe Bikila was the first Ethiopian Olympic gold medalist, winning his and Africa's first gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome while running barefoot.
Juan Latino: The Professor of Ethiopian Descent Who Taught at the University of Granada in the 16th Century
Juan Latino was an Ethiopian-born professor who taught at the University of Granada in the sixteenth century. He is widely regarded as a trailblazer, having been the first African to attend a European university.
Prudence Crandall was an American schoolteacher and activist who founded the Canterbury Female Boarding School in Canterbury, Connecticut, in 1831, sparking a chain of events that challenged the norms of the day.
Gag Rule: The Rules That Silenced Discussions About Slavery in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1836
The gag rule was a series of rules that forbade the raising, consideration, or discussion of slavery in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1836 to 1844
Nehanda Charwe Nyakasikana, or Mbuya Nehanda was a powerful spirit medium, and heroine of the First Chimurenga, the revolt against the British South Africa Company in Matabeleland.
The summer of 1919, often referred to as "Red Summer,", was a tumultuous period in American history, marked by a series of racially motivated riots, pogroms, and attacks that targeted Black communities across the United States.
Princess Yennenga was a Legendary horse-riding warrior from the kingdom of Dagomba, who lived over 900 years ago. She is considered to be the mother of the Mossi people of Burkina Faso.
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.