Hunters Point (San Francisco)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Hunters Point is a neighborhood of southeastern San Francisco set on a peninsula jutting into the San Francisco Bay.  The neighborhood is adjacent to the site of a former naval base, the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard.   Hunters Point has become an … Read MoreHunters Point (San Francisco)

Watts Summer Festival (1966- )

A coalition of antipoverty organizations and black nationalist groups initiated the Watts Summer Festival in 1966 as a way to focus the Watts community on celebrating black heritage and culture annually on the anniversary of the Watts riots.  Although the groups involved in establishing and … Read MoreWatts Summer Festival (1966- )

Cabrini Green Housing Project, Chicago, Illinois (1942 -2009)

The Cabrini-Green Housing Project was a Chicago (Illinois) Housing Authority (CHA) managed housing project located on the city’s Near North Side neighborhood.  The project was authorized by the Housing Act of 1937 which called for the construction of public housing as part of the effort … Read MoreCabrini Green Housing Project, Chicago, Illinois (1942 -2009)

Robert R. Taylor Homes, Chicago, Illinois (1959-2005)

The Robert R. Taylor Homes in Chicago, Illinois were named after Robert Rochon Taylor, a black architect and civic leader who became the Chicago Housing Authority’s first African American chairman in 1942.  Construction of the Robert R. Taylor Homes began in 1959 and was completed … Read MoreRobert R. Taylor Homes, Chicago, Illinois (1959-2005)

Colored Refugee Relief Board (1879-1880)

The Colored Refugee Relief Board (originally called the Committee of Fifteen and then the Committee of Twenty-Five), was formed in St. Louis, Missouri in response to the Exoduster migration in March 1879.  As thousands of destitute migrants arrived in St. Louis on their way to … Read MoreColored Refugee Relief Board (1879-1880)

Phyllis Wheatley Women’s Clubs (1895- )

Phyllis Wheatley YWCA Girls Reserve, Seattle, ca. 1940 Black Heritage Society of Washington (Seattle) The Phyllis Wheatley Women’s Clubs were named after Phyllis Wheatley, a slave poet who lived from 1753 to 1784. The first Phyllis Wheatley Women’s Club was established in 1895 in Nashville, … Read MorePhyllis Wheatley Women’s Clubs (1895- )

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity (1963)

  Image Ownership: Public Domain Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. (Iota), the most recently formed black Greek-letter organization, was founded on September 19, 1963 on the campus of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.  Established by twelve men who were active in the local civil … Read MoreIota Phi Theta Fraternity (1963)

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity (1914- )

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (Sigma) was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C., on January 14, 1914, by three college students,  A. Langston Taylor, Lenard F. Morse, and Charles I. Brown on the principles of Brotherhood, Scholarship, and Service. The founders … Read MorePhi Beta Sigma Fraternity (1914- )