African-American history

The Virginia Killing Act of 1669: the Law That Made It Legal to Kill a Slave

The Virginia casual killing act of 1669 declared that, should a slave be killed as a result of extreme punishment, the master should not face charges for the murder.

Meet Sarah Boone, the African American Dressmaker Who Invented the Modern-day Ironing Board in 1892

Sarah Boone was an African American dressmaker who made her name by inventing the modern-day ironing board in 1892.

Eugene Williams: How a Black Teen’s Death in a White Only Beach Triggered the Chicago Race Riot of 1919

The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 was a violent racial conflict that started on July 27 after 17-year-old Eugene Williams was stoned and drowned in Lake Michigan for unintentionally swimming in an area reserved for only white people. On Sunday,...

Margaret Garner, the Runaway Slave Who Killed Her Own Daughter Rather Than Return Her to Slavery

Margaret Garner was an enslaved African-American who killed her own daughter rather than allow the child to be returned to slavery.

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

The African Dodger, also known as "Hit the Nigger Baby" was a very popular game in local fairs, carnivals, and circuses in the United States from the 1880s up to the 1960s.

Tulsa Race Massacre: A White Mob Destroyed America’s Wealthiest Black Neighborhood On This Day In 1921

Tulsa race massacre of 1921, also called Tulsa race riot of 1921, is one of the most severe incidents of racial violence in United State's history.

The Kidnap and Brutal Lynching of Mack Charles Parker in 1959

Mack Charles Parker was a 23 year old truck driver who had been accused and arrested for allegedly raping a pregnant white woman.

Blind Tom: Born Into Slavery, This Blind Autustic Slave Became the Highest Paid Pianist of His Time

Born into slavery, Thomas Wiggins “Blind Tom”, was a musical prodigy who became a touring phenomenon in the 1800’s

Charles Sumner, the US Senator Who Was Almost Killed for Speaking Against Slavery

The Beating of Charles Sumner, occurred on May 22, 1856, in the United States Senate chamber, when Preston Brooks, used a walking cane to attack Senator Charles Sumner.

James Derham, the first African American to Practice Medicine in the United States

Dr. James Durham has been widely acknowledged as the first recognized African American to practice medicine in the United States.

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The Virginia Killing Act of 1669: the Law That Made It Legal to Kill a Slave

The Virginia casual killing act of 1669 declared that, should a slave be killed as a result of extreme punishment, the master should not face charges for the murder.

The Creation Story of the Akamba People of Kenya

In the beginning, Mulungu the creator is said to have formed a man and a woman in heaven before placing them on a rock in on earth, where it is said that their footprints, as well as the footprints of their animals, can still be seen today.

Bussa’s Rebellion of 1816, the Largest Slave Revolt in Barbadian History

The largest slave rebellion in Barbadian history took place during the Bussa uprising in April 1816. The rebellion takes its name from the African-born...

Top 10 Longest Serving Presidents in Africa, 2022

Equatorial Guinea's president Teodoro Obiang is the longest serving president in Africa and the world. He is closely followed by Cameroons President Paul Biya.

Cornelius Frederiks: the Namibian Captain Who Was Locked Up in a Concentration Camp for Fighting Against German Colonialists

Cornelius Frederiks was a Namibian freedom fighter who actively fought a guerrilla-style war against German colonialists during the Herero-Nama war of 1904.