Category Archives: Black Facts

Today in Black History – Jackie Robinson Named National League “Rookie of the Year”

Today in Black History – Jackie Robinson Named National League “Rookie of the Year”

Black Facts – Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper

Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper was born a slave March 21, 1856 in Thomasville, Ga. to the parents of Festus and Isabella Buckhalter Flipper, Sr. Lt. Flipper spent his early years in Thomasville, Ga. and during the Civil War lived in Macon and Atlanta, Ga. Lt. Flipper was taught to read in 1864 by another slave who taught school at night. In late 1865, Lt. Flipper attended a succession of schools established by the American Missionary Association.

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Today in Black History – The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863

“If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.” This is what Abraham Lincoln stated in a letter to a constituent in 1864. He had always been against slavery but believed that his presidential powers as defined by the Constitution did not give him the authority to abolish it. In early 1862, Lincoln tried and failed to develop an alternative approach: an effort to free the salves of the Border States by buying out their masters

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Black Facts – Granville T. Woods

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1885, Woods patented a apparatus which was a combination of a telephone and a telegraph. The device, which he called “telegraphony,” would allow a telegraph station to send voice and telegraph messages over a single wire. The device was so successful that he later sold it to the American Bell Telephone Company. In 1987, Woods developed his most important invention to date – a device he called Synchronous Multiplex Railway Telegraph. A variation of the “induction telegraph,” it allowed for messages to be sent from moving trains and railway stations. By allowing dispatchers to know the location of each train, it provided for greater safety and a decrease in railway accidents.  Read More Here…

 

400 Years Without A Comb

It wasn’t until the early 1900s that an entreprenurial African American woman named Madame C.J. Walker started marketing products specifically formulated for African hair. Her first product was a scalp conditioning formula called “Madam Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower,” and in the ensuring years she became famous worldwide for herhair care products, her philanthropy and her pioneering role as an internationally successful businesswoman.  Read More Here…

 

Today in Black History – George Washington Carver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 12, 1864 George Washington Carver, scientist, botanist, educator, and inventor, was born enslaved in Diamond, Missouri. Carver and his family were freed after slavery was abolished. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1894 and his Master of Science degree in 1896 from Iowa State Agricultural College where he was the first black student and later the first black faculty member. In 1896, he accepted the position to lead the Agricultural Department at Tuskegee University and remained there for 47 years. During that time, Carver devoted himself to the research and promotion of alternative crops to cotton, including peanuts and sweet potatoes. He also created approximately 100 products made from peanuts that were useful for the house. In 1923, Carver received the NAACP Spingarn Medal. Carver died January 5, 1943 and on his grave is written, “He could have added fortune to fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and honor in being helpful to the world.   Read More here…

Today in Black History – Sidney Poitier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As one of the finest Black thespians to ever grace the silver screen, veteran actor, director and author Sidney Poitier has long cemented his place in the annals of film lore for his staggering list of achievements in the acting world. Long retired, the 85-year-old achieved one of the highest honors in his field 48 years ago today, becoming the first Black actor to win the coveted Academy Award (Oscar) For Best Actor in 1963.

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May 27, 1936 Louis Cameron Gossett, Jr., stage, film, and television actor, was born in Brooklyn, New York. Gossett earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University in 1959. Gossett made his Broadway debut in 1953 in “Take a Giant Step” and his film debut in 1961 in “A Raisin in the Sun.” Other Broadway credits include “Golden Boy” (1964) and “Chicago” (2002). In 1977, Gossett won an Emmy Award for his performance in the television mini-series “Roots.” He was also nominated for an Emmy for his title role in “Sadat” in 1983. In 1982, he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in “An Officer and a Gentleman,” making him the first African American male to win an Oscar in a supporting role and the second black male to win for acting. Other film roles include “Iron Eagle” (1986), “Legend of the Mummy” (1997), and “Why Did I Get Married Too?” (2010). Gossett is an alumnus of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and continues to work with the organization.