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Meet the Only Black Man to Fight the United States for Over 50 Years in the 1800s & Live to Tell About It, John Horse

— ADVERTISEMENT — John Horse was an African and Seminole military leader, who became known under many names, such as John Cowaya, Gopher John, and Juan Caballo. While there isn’t much known about his early life, we believe he came into this world in 1812. It’s also known that by the age of 14, he …

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Did You Know that “Negro History Week” was the Root of “Black History Month”?

The month of February is considered “Black History Month” across the United States. But it had a much earlier predecessor called “Negro History Week”. This recognition was the brainchild of an African-American historian, Dr. Carter G. Woodson.  He is considered by many to be the “Father of Black History.” Carter Godwin Woodson was born on …

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Claudette Wеrlеіgh – First Hаіtіаn Wоmаn To Bесоmе Prіmе Mіnіѕtеr

It was huge news when it was announced that Prеѕіdеnt Jеаn-Bеrtrаnd Arіѕtіdе had picked Foreign Mіnіѕtеr Claudette Wеrlеіgh tо become Hаіtі’ѕ first fеmаlе рrіmе mіnіѕtеr.  Shе wаѕ the Prіmе Minister оf Haïti from November 7, 1995, tо Mаrсh 6, 1996. Shе wаѕ Hаіtі’ѕ fіrѕt female Prіmе Minister. Clаudеttе was born іn 1946, іn Cар-Hаïtіеn іn …

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Dr. Daniel Hale Williams and the First Open Heart Surgery

Daniel Hale Williams was born in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, on January 18, 1856. A little less that twenty years after the ending of the Civil War, in 1883, Daniel graduated from Chicago Medical College with his M.D.[1] From the beginning, Dr. Williams, or Dr. Dan as his patients called him, was determined to change the medical …

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Do You Know the 10 Point Program for the Black Panther Party for Self Defense?

In the 1960s, the Civil Rights movement in the United States is remembered for the demonstrations and attempts at peaceful protests against racism and segregationist policies. At the forefront of this movement were Dr. Martin Luther King and his approach to effect real change through non-violent protests. But there were many other organizations that strived …

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Did You Know that Haiti Wasn’t Recognized as a Nation by the United States until 1862?

The second successful revolution which led to independence of a country from a foreign power in the Americas occurred in Haiti. In 1791, a rebellion started by African-descended slaves engulfed the island nation focused mainly against the sugar plantation owners and the French government. This bloody conflict would not end until 1803 when the last of …

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Did You Know That Booker T. Washington Started the Tuskegee Institute?

Today’s Tuskegee University in Alabama was first known as the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute. It was created by the will of a former slave and by money provided by the Alabama legislature. But it was the guiding influence and management by Booker T. Washington that made the institute a lasting success. Booker Talliaferro Washington was …

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Do You Understand the Term “African Diaspora”?

  The definition of the term “African Diaspora” may have different meanings for people. In one simple definition it is defined as “a label that is used to describe the dispersed people removed/exiled from a common territorial/geographic origin, Africa.” It is defined another way as: “a state of being and a process of becoming, a …

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Did You Know That Imhotep is the Real Father of Medicine?

There are many scholars who would say that the “father of medicine” would probably be the ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates, who was born in 460 B.C. He has been credited with making medicine into a rational science rather than one based on magic or superstition, as well as the famous Hippocratic Oath. However, new scholarship …

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