Independent Historian

Samuel Momodu is a native of Nashville, Tennessee where he was born and raised. Momodu received his Associate of Arts Degree in History from Nashville State Community College in December 2014 and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Tennessee State University in May 2016. He received his Master of Arts Degree in history from Southern New Hampshire University in June 2019. Momodu’s main interest areas in history are African and African American History. His passion for learning more about black history has made him continue to contribute to writing history for Blackpast.org for the last couple of years where he wrote hundreds of entries for the website. Momodu has also worked as a history tour guide at Andrew Jackson the Hermitage in the past and history instructor at his alumni Tennessee State University. His passion for history has also helped him to continue his education as he currently attends Liberty University working on his Ph.D. in history online hoping to be a university professor or professional historian in the future.

David Ray “Doc” Roberts (1972- )

David Ray “Doc” Roberts is a baseball manager and former outfielder. Roberts was born on May 31, 1972, to Waymon Roberts, an African American United States Marine, and Eiko Roberts, a Japanese woman in Naha, Okinawa, Japan. During his early childhood, Roberts and his family … Read MoreDavid Ray “Doc” Roberts (1972- )

The North Little Rock High School Desegregation Crisis (1957)

The North Little Rock High School Desegregation Crisis created the North Little Rock Six, a group of six African American students who attempted to desegregate North Little Rock High School on September 9, 1957. This desegregation event was overshadowed by the nationally prominent effort to … Read MoreThe North Little Rock High School Desegregation Crisis (1957)

Clarence Edwin “Cito” Gaston (1944- )

Clarence Edwin “Cito” Gaston is a baseball manager, coach, and outfielder. He became the first African American baseball manager to win the World Series when the Toronto Blue Jays won in 1992. Clarence Gaston was born to Sammy Gaston and Gertrude Coley on March 17, … Read MoreClarence Edwin “Cito” Gaston (1944- )

New Year’s Day March, Greenville, South Carolina (1960)

The New Year’s Day March, the first major civil rights demonstration in South Carolina, was a 1,000-person march that protested segregated facilities at the Greenville, South Carolina Municipal Airport (Now Greenville Downtown Airport) on January 1, 1960. The march was prompted by Jackie Robinson and … Read MoreNew Year’s Day March, Greenville, South Carolina (1960)

5th Massachusetts Cavalry Regiment (1864-1865)

The 5th Regiment Massachusetts Colored Volunteer Cavalry was a Union Army cavalry regiment during the Civil War. The cavalry regiment was organized at Camp Meigs, Readville, Massachusetts, during the Fall of 1863. On January 9, 1864, Company A was mustered into service, and by May … Read More5th Massachusetts Cavalry Regiment (1864-1865)

Johnnie B. “Dusty” Baker Jr. (1949- )

Johnnie B. “Dusty” Baker Jr. is currently the baseball manager of the Houston Astros and a former major league player. Baker was born on June 15, 1949, to Johnnie B. Baker Sr. and Christine Baker in Riverside, California. Growing up, Baker played various sports, including … Read MoreJohnnie B. “Dusty” Baker Jr. (1949- )