Marshall “Major” Taylor (1878-1932)

Marshall “Major” Taylor was a late 19th and early 20th century champion cyclist who became the first African American to win a world championship in sprint cycling. Between 1898 and 1899 he set numerous world records in cycling ranging from the quarter-mile to two-mile race. … Read MoreMarshall “Major” Taylor (1878-1932)

Thyra J. Edwards (1897-1953)

Thyra J. Edwards, born in 1897, the granddaughter of runaway slaves, grew up in Houston, Texas and started her career there as a school teacher.  Eventually she moved to Gary, Indiana and later Chicago, Illinois where she was employed as a social worker.  Edwards would eventually become … Read MoreThyra J. Edwards (1897-1953)

(1899) Rev. D. A. Graham, “Some Facts About Southern Lynchings”

Little is known about Reverend D. A. Graham, the A.M.E. minister who delivered the speech that appears below.  However the minister’s words were recorded as part of a nationwide protest in 1899 against lynchings of African Americans across the nation.  In May of 1899 the … Read More(1899) Rev. D. A. Graham, “Some Facts About Southern Lynchings”

(1972) Gary Declaration, National Black Political Convention

THE BLACK AGENDA The Gary Declaration: Black Politics at the Crossroads Introduction The Black Agenda is addressed primarily to Black people in America. It rises naturally out of the bloody decades and centuries of our people’s struggle on these shores. It flows from the most … Read More(1972) Gary Declaration, National Black Political Convention