African-American history

The Unforgettable Legacy of Hattie McDaniel: The First Black Actress to Win an Oscar

Hattie McDaniel was a pioneering African American actress, singer, and songwriter who made history in 1940 when she became the first black person to win an Academy Award.

20 Black Inventors and Their Inventions That Shaped the World

20 Black Inventors and their inventions that shaped American History: Black inventors have played a crucial role in shaping American history

The History-Making Career of Jack Arthur Johnson, the First Black Heavyweight Champion of the World

Jack Arthur Johnson, also known as the "Galveston Giant," was the first black heavyweight boxing champion in the world. He made history on December 26, 1908, when he defeated Tommy Burns in Sydney, Australia

The Inspiring Life and Legacy of Madam C.J. Walker, the First African American Millionaire

Madam C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, was the first self-made African American millionaire in the United States. She was a pioneering entrepreneur, philanthropist, and activist.

The Ocoee Massacre of 1920: A Tragedy Born of a Black Man’s Quest to Vote

The Ocoee massacre of 1920 was a violent attack on the African American community in Ocoee, Florida, which resulted in the deaths of an estimated 50 to 60 black Americans.

Cathay Williams: The Trailblazing Woman Who Disguised Herself as a Man to Serve in the US Army

Cathay Williams was an African American woman who is notable for being the first known female African American to enlist and serve in the United States Army.

How Enslaved Black Women Resisted Slave Breeding By Using Cotton Roots as Contraceptives

Slave breeding was a slave multiplication agenda. It was implemented by slave owners through a forced sexual relation between the male and female slaves and between masters and their female slaves.

Tignon Laws: the Law That Prohibited Black Women From Wearing Their Natural Hair in Public

The tignon law was a 1786 law in Louisiana that forbade black women from going outdoors without wrapping their natural hair with a Tignon headscarf.

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.
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