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  • The Rosewood Massacre was an attack on the predominantly African American town of Rosewood, Florida, in 1923 by large groups of white aggressors. The town was entirely destroyed by the end of the violence, and the residents were driven out permanently. The story was mostly forgotten until the 1980s, when it was revived and brought to public attention.

  • Brutalization Tactics

    When cops are brutalizing their victims, they try to cover their tracks (for witnesses or bodycam) by shouting commands while physically preventing victims from obeying their commands. For instance, twisting arms into painful contortions while shouting, “Give Me Your Hands!”  Sitting on your chest or back while shouting, “Turn Over!”  The most popular tactic is yelling, “Stop Resisting!” when simultaneously punching non-resisting victims in the face or choking them out, while knowing the natural human response is to protect your face from continuous blows or struggling to get oxygen to your lungs as the cops chokes the life out of your body.  

  • In this inspiring and powerful talk, Megan Francis traces the root causes of our current racial climate to their core causes, debunking common misconceptions and calling out "fix-all" cures to a complex social problem.


    Mae C. Jemison is the first African-American female astronaut. In 1992, she flew into space aboard the Endeavour, becoming the first African-American woman in space.

    previewA short biography of Mae Jemison, who became the first African American woman in space when she thrust into orbit on the shuttle Endeavour in 1992. Synopsis Mae C. Jemison was born on October 17, 1956, in Decatur, Alabama. On June 4, 1987, she became the first African-American woman to be admitted into the astronaut training program.

  • Garrett Morgan Publisher, Inventor (1877–1963)

    Garrett Morgan blazed a trail for African-American inventors with his many patents, including those for a hair-straightening product, a breathing device, a revamped sewing machine and an improved traffic signal.
  • Lonnie G. Johnson Biography Engineer, Inventor (1949–)

    Lonnie G. Johnson is a former Air Force and NASA engineer who invented the massively popular Super Soaker water gun.

  • Daniel Hale Williams Surgeon (1856–1931)

    Daniel Hale Williams was one of the first physicians to perform open-heart surgery in the United States and founded a hospital with an interracial staff.
  •  Lewis Howard Latimer Engineer, Inventor (c. 1848–c. 1928)

    Lewis Howard Latimer was an inventor and draftsman best known for his contributions to the patenting of the light bulb and the telephone.
  • Otis Boykin Inventor (1920–1982)

    Otis Boykin’s noteworthy inventions include a wire precision resistor and a control unit for the pacemaker. When he died in 1982, he had 26 patents in his name.
  • Percy Julian Academic, Civil Rights Activist, Chemist, Scientist, Medical Professional (1899–1975)  

    African-American chemist Percy Julian was a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs such as cortisone, steroids and birth control pills.
  • When the Civil War ended, Black-Americans in Atlanta began entering the realm of politics, establishing businesses and gaining notoriety as a social class. Increasing tensions between Black wage-workers and the white elite began to grow and ill-feelings were further exacerbated when Blacks gained more civil rights, including the right to vote.


    Athlete, Civil Rights Activist, Actor, Football Player, Singer, Lawyer (1898–1976)

    Paul Robeson was an acclaimed 20th-century performer known for productions like 'The Emperor Jones' and 'Othello.' He was also an international activist.

  • Actress and singer Lena Horne was one of the most popular performers of her time, known for films such as 'Cabin in the Sky' and 'The Wiz' as well as her trademark song, "Stormy Weather."

    Lena Horne was a singer, actress and Civil Rights Activist who first established herself as an accomplished live singer and then transitioned into film work. She signed with MGM studios and became known as one of the top African American performers of her time, seen in such films as Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather. She was also known for her work with civil rights groups and refused to play roles that stereotyped African American women, a stance that many found controversial. After some time out of the limelight during the '70s, she made a revered, award-winning comeback with her 1981 show Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music.

  • In a Fourth of July holiday special, we hear the words of Frederick Douglass. Born into slavery around 1818, Douglass became a key leader of the abolitionist movement. On July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, he gave one of his most famous speeches, "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro." He was addressing the Rochester Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society. This is actor James Earl Jones reading the speech during a performance of historian Howard Zinn's acclaimed book, "Voices of a People's History of the United States." He was introduced by Zinn.

  • On August 20, 1619, “20 and odd” Angolans, kidnapped by the Portuguese, arrive in the British colony of Virginia and are then bought by English colonists. The arrival of the enslaved Africans in the New World marks a beginning of two and a half centuries of slavery in North America.

  • Benjamin Banneker’s Letter to Thomas Jefferson,
    August 19, 1791

  • General Daniel “Chappie” James, Jr. became the first African American to receive the rank of four-star general in the United States military on September 1, 1975.

  • Charles Hamilton Houston, (September 3, 1895 - April 22, 1950) lawyer, Dean of Howard University Law School and NAACP Litigation Director was born in Washington D.C..

  • The man whose work with inventions that enable homes around the world to have light and telephones, Lewis Howard Latimer was born on September 4, 1848 in Chelsea, Massachusetts.

  • Claudette Colvin was an important figure in the civil rights movement. She was born on September 5, 1939. At birth, she was adopted by C. P. Colvin and Mary Anne Colvin, who lived in a poor neighborhood in Montgomery, Alabama.

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