A comprehensive list of firsts in the modern history of the African diaspora.
Also known as D.K Poison, On September 20, 1975, he became the first professional Ghanaian boxer to have won a world title.
María Isabel Urrutia
At the 2000 Summer Olympics, she became the first Olympic gold medal winner for the country of Colombia and the first Afro-Colombian Olympic gold medal winner.
Emilio "Millito" Navarro
In 1928, he became the first
One of the lesser-told stories about Ida B. Wells’ life is her work with the Negro Fellowship League, one of the first Black settlement houses in Chicago. With its location on The Stroll on State Street, the Negro Fellowship League’s goal was to support a population that many people ignored.
Wells first published a version this speech on June 25, 1892, in the New York Age. She delivered this speech at Lyric Hall in New York City on October 5, 1892, and published the speech as a pamphlet on Oct. 26, 1892. She delivered a similar speech twice in February 1893, at the Tremont Temple in Boston, Massachusetts, and by invitation of Frederick Douglass at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.
Audio: Reading of Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its P
In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., isolated himself from the demands of the civil rights movement, rented a house in Jamaica with no telephone, and labored over his final manuscript. In this prophetic work, which has been unavailable for more than ten years, he lays out his thoughts, plans, and dreams for America's future, including the need for better jobs, higher wages, decent housing, and quality education. With a universal message of hope that continues to resonate, King demanded an end t
Go beyond the legend and meet the inspiring woman who repeatedly risked her own life and freedom to liberate others from slavery. Born 200 years ago in Maryland, Harriet Tubman was a conductor of the Underground Railroad, a Civil War scout, nurse and spy, and one of the greatest freedom fighters in our nation’s history.
Discover how a man born into slavery became one of the most influential voices for democracy in American history. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stanley Nelson explores the role Douglass played in securing the right to freedom for African Americans.
Struggle and resistance are hallmarks of the African American experience, but they are not the only story. Beyond the reach of the “White gaze,” Black people worked and played, laughed and loved, hoped and dreamed, started families, built schools and businesses, formed communities, and created vast social networks that, borrowing from the motto of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, lifted as they climbed. In this new four-hour documentary series, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Jim Crow of the North charts the progression of racist policies and practices from the advent of restrictive covenants to their elimination in the late 1960s. Racial disparities are seen through a new lens in this film that explores the origins of housing segregation in the Minneapolis area. The story also illustrates how African-American families and leaders resisted this insidious practice.
Presented entirely through speeches, newscasts, and rarely seen archival footage, The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X tells the story of the man who, by any means necessary, willingly put his life at risk to bring change and equality to black America.
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow is a landmark four-part series that tells the story of the African-American struggle and triumphs from 1865–1954, known as the Reconstruction and Jim Crow Eras. Lynchings and beatings by night. Demeaning treatment by day. And a life of crushing subordination for Southern blacks that was maintained by white supremacist laws and customs known as "Jim Crow." It was a brutal and oppressive era in American history, but during this time, large numbers of African Americans
Members of the faculty and members of the student body of this great institution of learning; ladies and gentlemen.
Now there are several things that one could talk about before such a large, concerned, and enlightened audience. There are so many problems facing our nation and our world, that one could just take off anywhere. But today I would like to talk mainly about the race problems since I'll have to rush right out and go to New York to talk about Vietnam tomorrow. and I've been talkin
On April 27th 1962, two LAPD police officers instructed to closely monitor a mosque’s activities (Muslim Temple 27 in Los Angeles) saw Black men taking clothes out of the back of a car outside the mosque. They approached aggressively and soon got violent, and as Malcolm X puts it, “hell broke loose”. The situation ended with seven unarmed Black Muslims shot outside the mosque. Nation of Islam (NOI) member William X Rogers was shot in the back and paralyzed for life. Temple Secretary Ronald X Sto
The Atlanta compromise was an agreement proposed in 1895 by Booker T. Washington, president of the Tuskegee Institute, between African-American leaders and Southern white leaders. It was first supported and later opposed by W. E. B. Du Bois and other African-American leaders.
The agreement was that Southern blacks would work and submit to white political rule, while Southern whites guaranteed that blacks would receive basic education and due process in law. Blacks would not focus their dema
The Three Evils of Society: Racism, Poverty and War. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered this speech at The National Conference for New Politics on August 31, 1967 in Chicago over Labor Day weekend in 1967. "Socialism for the Rich and Capitalism for the Poor" "But our moral lag must be redeemed; when scientific power outruns moral power, we end up with guided missiles and misguided men.
Mr. Chairman, friends and brothers in this first gathering of the National Conference on New Polit
Many elements of Caribbean folklore (the orally transmitted beliefs, myths, tales, and practices of a group of people) are African in origin, given that slaves brought from Africa's West (or Gold) Coast made up a large majority of those brought to the region.
Very popular in terms of Caribbean story-telling, and a direct transfer from West Africa to the Caribbean are the Anancy Stories (Nancy Stories) told throughout the region. Ananse is the Asante word for spider. The trickster Anancy (al
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On July 5, 1852
Mr. President, Friends and Fellow Citizens: He who could address this audience without a quailing sensation, has stronger nerves than I have. I do not remember ever to have appeared as a speaker before any assembly more shrinkingly, nor with greater distrust of my ability, than I do this day. A feeling has crept over me, quite unfavorable to the exercise of my limited powers of speech. The task before me is one which requires much previous thought and study for its proper p
Douglass’ Monthly, January, 1862
It is curious to observe, at this juncture, when the existence of slavery is threatened by an aroused nation, when national necessity is combining with an enlightened sense of justice to put away the huge abomination forever, that the enemies of human liberty are resorting to all the old and ten thousand times refuted objections to emancipation with which they confronted the abolition movement twenty-five years ago. Like the one stated above, these proslave
The History of Africa with Zeinab Badawi is a BBC series of Africa history based on the General History of Africa book series by UNESCO. Watch all 20 episodes!
Mother Africa (Season 1, Ep. 1)
Cattle Crops & Iron (Season 1, Ep. 2)
Gift of the Nile (Season 1, Ep. 3)
The Kingdom of Kush (Season 1, Ep. 4)
The Rise of Aksum (Season 1, Ep. 5)
Kings & Emirs (Season 1, Ep. 6)