The Racial Politics of Miss America

Caressa Cameron, Miss America, 2010 Elwood Watson, a professor of history at East Tennessee State University, is one of the few African American cultural historians to focus his research on the Miss America pageant.  In the article below he examines the success of eight black … Read MoreThe Racial Politics of Miss America

Delaware State University (1891– )

Delaware State University is a public historically black university with its main campus in Dover and two other campuses in Wilmington and Georgetown.  The school was established in 1891 as State College for Colored Students after passage of the Morrill Act of 1890 which gave … Read MoreDelaware State University (1891– )

Emancipation Proclamation (1863)

Following the Union Army victory at Antietam, Maryland on September 17, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary emancipation proclamation.  This document gave the states of the Confederacy until January 1, 1863 to lay down their arms and peaceably reenter the Union; if these states … Read MoreEmancipation Proclamation (1863)

Alice Ruth Moore Dunbar-Nelson (1875-1935)

Alice Ruth Moore, educator, author and social activist, was born on July 19, 1875 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Patricia (Wright) Moore and Monroe Moore.  She attended public school in New Orleans and enrolled in the teacher training program at Straight University in that city … Read MoreAlice Ruth Moore Dunbar-Nelson (1875-1935)