American biographer, scriptwriter and novelist, whose most famous work is ROOTS, a publishing phenomenon and international bestseller. Haley traced in it his ancestry back to Africa and covered seven American generations, starting from his ancestor, Kunta Kinte. ...
Posted Thursday, January 31st 2008 at 7:48PM
Alice Walker is one of the most celebrated authors of our times. Walker was born on February 9, 1944 in Easton, Georgia. Born to Willie Lee Walker and Minnie Tullulah Grant, they were sharecroppers who worked on a farm earning as little as $300 a year. ...
Posted Monday, February 18th 2008 at 10:25AM
1848 - 1908.Blind Tom Wiggins was one of the nineteenth century's most famous and perplexing pianists. Born a slave in Georgia, he died an international celebrity in Hoboken, New Jersey. He had an encyclopedic memory, all-consuming passion for music ...
Posted Saturday, July 10th 2010 at 8:37AM
On August 25th, 1925 the trajectory of African American and American history was changed forever. On that date, a group of Pullman porters formed the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, America’s first African American labor union.
One of those p ...
Posted Friday, August 20th 2010 at 3:10PM
Charlie Sifford (1922- ) is considered by many in the sport to be the “Jackie Robinson” of professional golf. Sifford was born and raised in Charlotte, NC, where he spent his youth at a caddy at the Carolina Country Club. Charlie Sifford’s status as a legend in Black golf was sealed in 2004, when he was admitted to the World Golf Hall of Fame, the first African-American golfer to be so honored. In an interview with the Arizona Republic, Sifford, with his trademark cigar in hand, reminisced about the threats and insults of racist competitors, and reflected on the lack of young Black athletes in the game. “Only the strong can survive out here. They counted me out 25 years ago, but I'm still here.”
Posted Wednesday, July 16th 2008 at 3:48PM
"Self-help" sometimes sounds like a catchphrase. For Dr. Nathaniel J. Williams – "Dr. Nat" to his friends and fans – it's a calling. The author of seven books (including his latest, "Attaining Your Personal Best"), host of his own weekly talk show ...
Posted Wednesday, May 4th 2011 at 3:33PM
Frederick McKinley Jones was one of the most prolific Black inventors ever. Frederick Jones patented more than sixty inventions, however, he is best known for inventing an automatic refrigeration system for long-haul trucks in 1935 (a roof-mounted co ...
Posted Saturday, May 30th 2009 at 9:42AM
Henry Stone was born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y. and was a Black musical innovator, producer and talent scout. He was one of the first Black people in music industry to bring talent and record labels together, facilitating R%B and blues hits, and superstars, such as James Brown, to succeed. ...
Posted Saturday, January 19th 2008 at 11:21AM
He was a great Historian and Contributed alot to our black history.
We salute you sir, R.I.P. King
We the next generation will carry on your good work and remind our children we were all born to be kings and Queens
Posted Saturday, May 30th 2009 at 7:56AM