Janet Collins, the first Black prima ballerina at The Metropolitan Opera in her dressing room on the night of her debut, November 11, 1951. Ms. Collins, a cousin of Carmen de Lavallade, performed Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aida” that night. She died in 2003 at the age of 86.
Josephine Baker was the first African American female to star in a motion picture, to integrate an American concert hall, and to become a world-famous entertainer. Not only was Josephine beautiful, but she brought incredible amounts of change to the US for African Americans. After growing up being abused by her white female employer, Josephine went to to live as a child of the streets, using street performances to support herself. She soon became the “highest paid chor...
The most uncomfortable breastfeeding photo you will see
LEST WE FORGET..Slave owners forced slaves to NURSE their children and babies during slavery! Yes, it's a fact...Now, in 2013, we have a story of a 'father' who doesn't want black RN's to even TOUCH his child...This photo depicts ~ An African mother and slave, presumably wet-nursing for a white master’s baby while her own child goes without..
Susie Baker King Taylor (Aug 6th, 1848 - October 6th, 1912).... Ms. Taylor is the daughter of slaves; an African American army nurse; she worked with the black Union troops during the Civil War. She was the only African American woman to publish a memoir of her wartime experiences. She was also the first African American to teach openly in a school for former slaves in Georgia.
On May 23, 1900 Sergeant William Harvey Carney became the first African American to be awarded the Medal of Honor, for his heroism on July 18, 1863 in the Assault on the Fort Wagner during the Civil War.
In 1952, Ruby McCollum, the wealthiest African-American woman in Live Oak, murdered the town’s beloved doctor, a white man named Leroy Adams. She said it was the only way she knew to end six years of rape. The case would help show that a persistent form of bondage plagued the South for a century after the Civil War — “paramour rights,” the assumption that white men had a right to use African-American women for sex.
January 1, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. [Written on the back of this 1860s photograph] : "...Oh, let me live in Freedom's Land, or die if still a slave....". SLAVES, EX-SLAVES, and CHILDREN OF SLAVES IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH, 1860 -1900
The first graves in Arlington National Cemetery were dug by James Parks, a former slave. Parks was freed in 1862 He still lived on Arlington Estate when Secretary of War Stanton signed the orders designating Arlington as a military burial ground. Parks worked as a grave digger and maintenance man for the cemetery. When he died on Aug. 21, 1929, Secretary of War Stimson granted special permission for him to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Yes the children were slaves too. There were also Masters who were pedophiles too. Let that sink in. And remember why it isn’t just something we can forget about. Babies were used by the slave masters as alligator bait in Florida as well.
One of the most suppressed and hidden stories of African and African American history is the story of the 1811 Slave Revolt in Louisiana. Over 500 Africans, from 50 different nations with 50 different languages, would wage a fight against U.S. troops and the territorial militias. The revolt was put down by Jan. 11. The leaders were captured, placed on trial and later executed. Their heads were cut off and placed on spikes that stretched over 60 miles. Click for story