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Malvin Russell Goode, Trailblazer in Broadcast Journalism

Malvin Russell Goode (1908–1995) ignored the cultural roadblocks preventing minorities from entering and having success in the field of journalism. He had long considered...

How the Banjo Became Separated From its West African Roots

The modern-day banjo is a string instrument created by Joel Sweeney in the 1800s. To the instrument’s drum, he added a neck with a...

Evan B. Forde, Versatile Pioneer in Ocean Research

Evan B. Forde has been an oceanographer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) in Miami, Fla.,...

Ona ‘Oney’ Judge Fled Slavery During Washington’s State Dinner

  Slavery was a cruel and miserable time for people of color. Often beaten, tortured, and separated from their families, the enslaved people’s resistance to...

Rough and Tough, Stagecoach Mary Got the Mail Delivered...

Narrow trails. Steep terrain. Deep sand. Endless mud. Those were the dangers of many stagecoach routes throughout America’s West. That these areas were mostly...

Oneseimus: The First Stage to Eradicate Smallpox

Terrifying news had reached Boston: the infectious, debilitating disease Smallpox had reached the colonial town and was spreading rapidly. Its first victims, passengers on...

Shelton Johnson Maintains the Legacy of the Buffalo Soldier

It wasn’t until after the Civil War that Black soldiers could enlist in the U.S. Army as more than volunteers. These men enlisted for...

Learning Black History Year Round: Pioneer of Independent Cinema, Oscar Devereaux...

Of the many creative people who collaborate on a motion picture, the director is regarded as the pivotal individual who serves as both the...

Nurse Bessie Blount’s Therapies and Invention Help Wounded WWII Vets

Learning Black History Year Round When she was 7 years old, Bessie Blount Griffin was slapped on the knuckles for writing with her left hand....

Henry “Box” Brown Mailed Himself to Freedom

Learning Black History Year Round There are many stories told about extraordinary slave escapes. Without maps or compasses, many depended on quilts, songs, and even...
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