In Union County, NJ, many soldiers of African ancestry answered President Lincoln’s call for troops during the Civil War and enlisted in regiments. They fought not only for country but also for their comrades in chains in the South and for the promise of equality that they had for so long been denied. Through their stories, never-before-seen photos and service records, local historian Ethel M. Washington tells a largely overlooked but riveting history of patriotic black servicemen.
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, composer and musician was greatly appreciated by African Americans. In 1901, a 200-voice chorus was founded in Washington, D. C., named the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Society. In 1904, he toured the United States, resulting in an increased interest in his heritage. He sought to do for African American music what Johannes Brahms did for Hungarian music.
'The Forgotten Hero' Of The Civil Rights Movement A century before the civil rights protests in Selma and Birmingham, a 27-year-old African-American named Octavius Catto led the fight to desegregate Philadelphia's horse-drawn streetcars. He did it in 1866 with the help of other prominent activists, including Lucretia Mott and Frederick Douglass.
Jagama Kelo was just fifteen years old when he went to fight the Italian invasion of Ethiopia, which began on the 3rd of October 1935. In an interview with the BBC’s Elizabeth Blunt (now in the Imperial War Museum in London) he described his war experiences. ...... http://ecadforum.com/articles/jagama-kelo-ethiopian-general-who-fought-fascism/#
Building a Latino Civil Rights Movement: Puerto Ricans, African Americans, and the Pursuit of Racial Justice in New York City (Justice, Power, and Politics) by Sonia Song-Ha Lee http://www.amazon.com/dp/1469614138/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_PKCevb01W2CFP