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I am America. I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me. Muhammad Ali
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13 years old Stevie Wonder and Muhammad Ali ~ 1963

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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.

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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...

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US Slave: “We Are Literally Slaves”: An Early Twentieth-Century Black Nanny Sets the Record Straight

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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..

The most uncomfortable breastfeeding photo you will see

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.

Susie Taylor

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.

Black Soldiers in 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.

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1967 Newark Riots

Soul brothers vs. the Man (Jack Bog's Blog)

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

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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.

James Parks (1843 - 1929) - Find A Grave Memorial

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"Cracker". Red neck came from people working in the field picking cotton (yes poor whites picked cotton too) and they got sun burned on the neck from bending over picking the cotton.

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Slaves off a ship from Africa

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Massacre of the slaves who did not die in vain: THE ZONG BY JAMES WALVIN

Black hole: Slaves on The Zong lived in these conditions for a year before they even left the shores of Africa

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US Slave: Slave Grown Cotton in a Global Economy: Mississippi (1800-1860)

Slave Grown Cotton in a Global Economy: Mississippi (1800-1860)

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.

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Carl Maxie Brashear was the first African American to become a U.S. Navy Master Diver, rising to the position in 1970. Service/branch United States Navy Years of service 1948-1979

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AfriGeneas is a site devoted to African American genealogy, to researching African Ancestry in the Americas in particular and to genealogical research and resources in general.

AfriGeneas ~ African American & African Ancestored Genealogy

From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family: James H. Johnston: 9780823239504: Books

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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

Jan. 8, 1811: Louisiana’s Heroic Slave Revolt