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Mark Clark (1947-1969)

Mark Clark was a 22-year-old activist and member of the Black Panther Party (BPP) who on December 4, 1969 was killed along with Chicago area Black Panther Party President Fred Hampton. Clark was born on June 28, 1947 to Elder William Clark and Fannie Bradley … Read MoreMark Clark (1947-1969)

The 1619 Project (August 14, 2019-)

The 1619 project was a collection of essays, poems, and photos surrounding the origins of slavery and subsequent inequalities in the United States, published on August 14, 2019 in the New York Times Magazine, commemorating the 400th anniversary of first arrival of enslaved Africans to … Read MoreThe 1619 Project (August 14, 2019-)

First Africans in the Jamestown Colony (1619)

In 1619, twelve years after the first permanent English colony was established at Jamestown, Virginia, a small cargo of enslaved Africans arrived at the colony at Comfort Point near present day Hampton, Virginia. Until recently, historians had misconstrued the circumstances of how this human cargo … Read MoreFirst Africans in the Jamestown Colony (1619)

The Cicero Riot of 1951

The Cicero Riot of 1951 occurred from July 11-12, 1951, when a mob of approximately 4,000 whites attacked an apartment building an African American family had recently moved into in Cicero, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. The events leading up to the riot began in June … Read MoreThe Cicero Riot of 1951

Roots (1977)

Roots was a television miniseries based on Alex Haley’s 1976 novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family. The miniseries aired from January 23, 1977, to January 30, 1977, on the ABC network. The original series followed the story of Kunta Kinte, from his capture … Read MoreRoots (1977)

Charity Earley (1918-2002)

Lieutenant Colonel Charity Edna Adams Earley was the first African American woman officer of the Women’s Auxiliary Corps. She served as the commanding officer of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, making her the highest-ranking Black female officer in the Army, during World War II. … Read MoreCharity Earley (1918-2002)

James Alexander Hood (1942-2013)

James Alexander Hood was the first African-American male student to register and attend classes at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, a previously all-white institution. Hood was born on November 10, 1942 in Gadsden, Alabama, to Octavie Hood and Margaret Hughes Hood. James had two … Read MoreJames Alexander Hood (1942-2013)

Richard G. Hatcher (1933-2019)

Richard Gordon Hatcher was an American attorney, politician and the first African American mayor of Gary, Indiana. He served in that post for 20 years from 1968 to 1988. Hatcher was born on July 10, 1933, in Michigan City, Indiana. Hatcher and Carl Stokes, who … Read MoreRichard G. Hatcher (1933-2019)

The USS Mason (DE-529) (1943-1945)

The USS Mason (DE-529) was an Evarts-class destroyer escort and was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named Mason. The USS Mason was one of the two US Navy ships during World War II with a mostly African American crew. The … Read MoreThe USS Mason (DE-529) (1943-1945)