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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Black History People Photo Quiz

Do you know who this person is?

Here’s a quick Black History People Photo Quiz we created featuring 5 interesting African Americans.


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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

How The US Supreme Court Influenced Black History

Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857).

Brown v. Board of Education argued by Thurgood Marshall (1954).

Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978)...just 3 of 10 landmark Supreme Court decisions that influenced black history in the USA.

Caryn Freeman highlights 10 cases in a colorful slide show “Supreme Court cases that shaped black America.” Take a look!  (Thurgood Marshall is pictured here).


Posted by Hugh Smith on 09/26 at 06:39 PM
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Real African American Cowboys

Nat, “Deadwood Dick,” Love, (1854-1921), was a famous cowboy.  He first made a name for himself when he journeyed from his native Tennessee to Dodge City, Kansas.

Love was a scout and range boss.  He led cattle drives, participated in rodeos, fought the native American Indians, and developed into quite a legend.  In 1907, he wrote his autobiography.

Rodeo cowboy Bill Pickett, (1860-1932), was born in Texas.  He developed the art of “bulldogging,” the technique of twisting the neck of a steer by the horns and wrestling it to the ground.

The brazen cowboy gained fame from his bulldogging practice of biting the lip or nose of steers.  Pickett was a super star on the wild west rodeo show circuit.

He toured with the 101 Ranch Wild West promotion throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, and England.

Pickett was kicked by a stallion and died in 1932.  He was the first African American cowboy inducted into the National Rodeo Hall of Fame in Oklahoma (1971).

These are the Real African American black history cowboys.

Posted by Hugh Smith on 08/22 at 07:02 PM
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Tuskegee Airmen In their own words

The Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum in Detroit, Michigan is a great online black history resource for all things Tuskegee Airmen.  Discover more!

Posted by Hugh Smith on 06/13 at 06:50 PM
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A Nova Scotia Mountie Chronicles African Canadians

Sergeant Craig Smith, a Nova Scotia Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer has won an award for chronicling the Canadian black experience.

He’s published four books about the history of African Canadians, focusing on Nova Scotians.

Find out why Smith wants to get his latest book, The Journey Continues: An Atlantic Canadian Black Experience, into classrooms in New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Labrador, and Prince Edward Island.


Posted by Hugh Smith on 05/16 at 06:28 PM
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Black History Heroes of the Underground Railroad

By the time the U.S. Civil War ended the need for the Underground Railroad, a hero of this black history humanity train personally helped more than 400 slaves escape. William Still’s secret journal became the basis of his 1872 book on the underground railroad.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Opens

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is the only monument dedicated to an African American on the National Mall in Washington DC.  Find out more by watching and listening to this 60 second video we recorded and produced at the King Memorial on the 2nd day the new shrine was open to the public.

Posted by Hugh Smith on 08/23 at 11:00 PM
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Black in Latin America

Brazil, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, and Peru are 6 countries that reflect the South American legacy of 12.5 million Africans who were shipped to the New World during the Middle Passage.

Only 11 million survived the journey, according to historian - educator - author ‘Skip’ Gates.

Black in Latin America by Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., reveals the history of African-South Americans through religion, art, music, cuisine, dance, and politics.

I’ve been enjoying this book on a smart phone Kindle reader, but a traditional paper book version will work just as well too!

Even If you’ve watched the Black in Latin America television specials documenting this research, Gates’ book offers many additional compelling stories.

Discover more about the complex cultural differences between people of color in North and South America.  The similarities will also be striking. Black in Latin America is highly recommended.


Posted by Hugh Smith on 07/20 at 09:15 PM
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Broadcast Pioneer Seeks a Home for African American Artifacts

Why is this legendary DJ, who coined the phrase on the radio “Burn Baby Burn,” standing in front of his very rare black history collectable collection?

His pieces have gotten the attention of the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.

Find out why the Magnificent Montague seeks a home for African American artifacts.

Posted by Hugh Smith on 06/22 at 07:30 PM
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Thursday, April 14, 2011

The John H Johnson Vision

John H. Johnson

John H. Johnson was a publishing pioneer way ahead of his time. Download and listen to the John H. Johnson story from BlackHistoryPeople.com.  Enjoy the truth about his creative stroke of genius that paved the way for a targeted mass media empire.

Read all the back issues of Jet from Johnson Publishing, (courtesy of Google Books):

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Manning Marable Reinvention Of Malcolm X

In 1965, in New York City, at the age of 39, Malcolm X was assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom.  Discover his legacy by listening to and reading about Manning Marable’s ‘Reinvention’ Of Malcolm X.

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service

http://mlkday.gov is the official website of the US government that offers ideas, chronicles initiatives, and presents community service outreach relating to the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday.

Posted by Hugh Smith on 01/15 at 08:00 AM
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Dr. Carl R. Gross recorded the history of black medical professionals

While he practiced medicine, Dr. Carl R. Gross spent six years compiling a list that tells a New England story about a black medical community — doctors, dentists, pharmacists and nurses.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Artful Dr. Margaret Burroughs

Frustrated by the lack of options for African-American artists to showcase their work and hoping to bring Black history to the forefront, Dr. Margaret Burroughs founded the Ebony Museum of Negro History and Art in Chicago.

Posted by Hugh Smith on 11/24 at 08:30 AM
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Black History Month with The Color Purple and Malcolm X

Warner Home Video will celebrate Black History Month 2011 by releasing re-mastered versions of Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple starring Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg

Spike Lee’s Malcolm X starring Denzel Washington and Angela Bassett will also be released on Blu-ray Disc for the first time.


Posted by Hugh Smith on 10/13 at 07:30 PM
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