Black Belt Republic (1928-1934)

Black Belt Republic Poster, 1932 "Image Ownership: Public Domain" The Black Belt Republic was a proposed black autonomous state in the American Deep South proposed by African American communists and for a time endorsed by the Soviet Union and the international communist community. The Black … Read MoreBlack Belt Republic (1928-1934)

Kansas Emancipation League (1862)

Image Ownership: Public Domain The Kansas Emancipation League’s primary goal was “to bring about emancipation throughout the whole land.” It was initiated at the First Baptist Church in Leavenworth, Kansas in 1862. It also pledged to “support the war until its successful termination,” put an … Read MoreKansas Emancipation League (1862)

Donna Brazile (1959 – )

Image Ownership: Public Domain Donna Brazile, author, campaign manager, adjunct professor, political analyst, and current vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was born December 15, 1959 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Lionel and Jean Brazile. Brazile was the third of nine children, and … Read MoreDonna Brazile (1959 – )

Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) (1990- )

Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), founded in 1990, is one of the earliest and highly regarded LGBTI (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender-Intersex) advocacy organizations in Southern Africa. GALZ is the country’s only gay rights group and the first one in the nation to start HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns. The … Read MoreGays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) (1990- )

Combahee River Collective (1974-1980)

The Combahee River Collective, founded by black feminists and lesbians in Boston, Massachusetts in 1974, was best known for its Combahee River Collective Statement. This document was one of the earliest explorations of the intersection of multiple oppressions, including racism and heterosexism. For the first … Read MoreCombahee River Collective (1974-1980)

National Negro Convention Movement (1831-1864)

After more than a decade of organized abolition among northern free blacks, a group of prominent free African American men organized the National Negro Convention Movement.  The convention movement among northern free blacks symbolized the growth of a black activist network by the mid-nineteenth century.  … Read MoreNational Negro Convention Movement (1831-1864)

Jonas Malheiro Savimbi (1934-2002)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Jonas Malheiro Savimbi, Angolan insurgent fighter and longtime leader of The National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), was born in Munhango, Angola on August 3, 1934 to Helena Mbundu Savimbi and Loth Savimbi. Savimbi’s father was a railway … Read MoreJonas Malheiro Savimbi (1934-2002)

Highlander Research and Education Center (1932- )

Martin Luther King Speaking at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Highlander Folk School, 1957 Image Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society, WHi 52822 The Highlander Research and Education Center formerly known as Highlander Folk School is a leadership school and cultural training center located … Read MoreHighlander Research and Education Center (1932- )

Democratic Progressive Voters League (1936- )

Dallas Central Track Slum, 1926 Image Ownership: Public Domain Organized in 1936 in Dallas, Texas, The Democratic Progressive Voters League is one of the oldest political organizations for African Americans in the state.  It developed in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with the goal of ensuring … Read MoreDemocratic Progressive Voters League (1936- )