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.
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,...
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.
Anthropology Days: The Racist Olympic Event of 1904
The shameless Anthropology Days exhibition was held during the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri, where natives from foreign lands participated in various “special Olympic” events.
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The Shilluk People’s Creation Narrative: How the Different Races on Earth Were Created
According to the Shilluk people of south sudan, the creator Juok played a central role in fashioning humanity from clay, assigning different complexions to the various races based on the colors of the clay he used.