African-American history

Sarah Keys: The Army Veteran Who Was Arrested for Refusing to Give Her Seat to a White Marine in 1952

Sarah keys was an African American Army veteran and major figure in the civil rights movement in the United States who was arrested and jailed for refusing to give her seat to a white marine in 1952. Born in 1928...

Remembering Heartbreak Day: The Tragedy of New Year’s Day for Slave Families in the United States

Heartbreak Day, also known as New Year's Day, was a day of great fear and sadness for many enslaved families in the United States. It was a time when slave owners would often sell off their slaves to other...

Hattie Cotton Elementary: The US School Bombed for Admitting a Black Student in 1957

The bombing of Hattie Cotton Elementary in 1957 serves as a haunting reminder of the deep-seated racism and resistance to desegregation that existed in the United States during the Civil Rights Movement.

Rubin Stacey: The Black Man Who Was Lynched in Florida in 1935 for Frightening a White Lady

Rubin Stacy was a 29-year-old Black man who tragically became a victim of racial violence and lynching in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1935. He was lynched after a white woman named Marion Jones became frightened when he knocked on her door, leading to a false accusation.

Hiram Rhodes Revels: The First African-American to Serve in the United States Senate

Hiram Rhodes Revels, born in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1827, was a minister, educator, and politician who made history as the first African-American to serve in the United States Senate.

Doctor Caesar: The Enslaved African Who Was Freed in Exchange for Revealing His Poison Antidote in South Carolina in 1750

Caesar was an enslaved African man who made a name for himself as a gifted healer in colonial South Carolina during the mid-18th century. His expertise proved to be particularly valuable when he discovered an antidote for poisons and...

History of Human Zoos: How ‘Exotic Africans’ Were Displayed in Zoos in the West

During this time, people from various non-European cultures were brought to Europe and the United States and displayed in zoos as examples of "exotic" and "primitive" peoples.

‘Hit the Nigg*r Baby’ – How African-Americans Were Used as Human Targets in the 1880s

The African Dodger, also known as the "hit the Nigg*r baby" was a racist carnival game that was popular in the United States in the late 19th century. The African Dodger was played at fairs, carnivals, and other public...

761st Tank Battalion: The Segregated Unit of the United States Army During World War II

The 761st Tank Battalion, also known as the "Black Panthers," was a unit of the United States Army during World War II. This unit was comprised primarily of African American soldiers and was one of the first all-black armored units to see combat.

Slave Brokerage: How Early U.S. Newspapers Facilitated The Sales And Purchase Of Slaves

For over a century, beginning from the 1700s, the publication of slave sales ads was among the most lucrative sources of income for newspaper owners.
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Remembering Bruce Boynton: the Activist Who Was Arrested and Jailed for Ordering Burger at a Whites Only Restaurant

Boynton's simple act of ordering a cheeseburger in a whites-only restaurant sparked a legal battle that led to significant changes in the country's discriminatory practices.