Category: Black History Month

Selma 50, President Obama’s 50th Anniversary Selma Speech & History!

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Earlier today, President Obama spoke at the Edmund Pettus Bridge to mark the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches. He was accompanied by a host of familiar faces including First Lady Michelle Obama and their beautiful daughters, Malia (16), Sasha (13), Congressman John Lewis, Reverend Jessie Jackson, Dick Gregory, Al Sharpton and more, but unfortunately, ignorance is still amongst us as a pro-KKK billboard was erected within sight of the famous bridge reminding everyone old sentiments live on.  Maybe it’s time to give thought to a name change for starters. (more…)

Dennis W. Weatherby-Inventor Lemon Scented Cascade

Dennis Weatherby
Dennis W. Weatherby (December 4, 1959 – September 15, 2007)

Dennis W. Weatherby, Ph.D was an inventor, scientist, university administrator, and  overall advocate for minority students’ higher education.  He was just 27-years-old when he received a patent on “lemon-scented Cascade” while employed at Proctor & Gamble.   (more…)

Odetta Holmes-Civil Rights Activist

Odetta Holmes
Odetta Holmes

Singer, songwriter, civil rights activist, Odetta Holmes was born in Birmingham, Alabama on December 31, 1930.  Her music was found inspirational to many civil rights activists who fought to end Jim Crow, the effects of slavery and a more just America.   (more…)

Frederick Douglass-Abolitionist, Orator & Writer

Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass (1818-95) is arguably the most important black American leader of the nineteenth century. Born to a slave woman and her white master, he was given the name Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey.  After escaping slavery at the age of twenty, he chose his name from the hero of one of his favorite books, “The Lady of the Lake” by Sir Walter Scott.   (more…)

Ernest Just-Pioneer in Marine Biology and Zoology

Ernest Just
Ernest Just

Ernest Just was born on August 14, 1883 in Charleston, South Carolina. His mother worked as a school teacher and his father, a dock worker, died when Ernest was only four years old, forcing him to have to work in the fields after school each day. Because high schools in the South provided such poor education at that time, Ernest’s mother decided to send him North to receive better schooling. Through hard work, Ernest was able to earn enough money to attend the Kimball Academy in New Hampshire. The Kimball Academy was an exclusive school and Just proved himself worthy by excelling in his classes. As the editor of the school newspaper and President of the debating team, Ernest completed the four year program in only three, graduating with honors as the valedictorian of his class.    (more…)

Sojourner Truth-Abolitionist & Women’s Rights Activist!

Sojourner Truth was an African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist born into slavery in Ulster County, New York around 1797.  She was a striking woman standing almost six-feet tall becoming an advocate against slavery, fighting for prison reform, the abolishment of capital punishment, the rights of freedmen, women’s rights and a supporter of the Union Army during the Civil War by helping recruit black troops.  (more…)