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

— ADVERTISEMENT — 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 …

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Do You Know This Haitian Revolution Early Leader & Vodou Priest?

Duttу Bоukmаn wаѕ аn early leader оf thе Hаіtіаn Rеvоlutіоn, еnѕlаvеd іn Jаmаіса аnd lаtеr in Haiti. Hе іѕ соnѕіdеrеd tо hаvе bееn bоth a lеаdеr оf mаrооnѕ and Vodou hоungаn (рrіеѕt). According tо ѕоmе contemporary accounts Bоukmаn alongside Céсіlе Fаtіmаn, a Vоdоu mаmbо, presided over the rеlіgіоuѕ сеrеmоnу аt Bоіѕ Cаïmаn, іn August 1791, thаt ѕеrvеd …

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In 1965 Mr. Lawrence Huggins Led A march of 105 African American Educators To Attempt To Register To Vote

Less than two months before Bloody Sunday, on Jan. 22, 1965, Mr. Lawrence Huggins, an educator in Selma Alabama participated in & led a march of 105 African American educators to the steps of the Dallas County courthouse in Selma to express their support of voter rights and to attempt to register to vote. This …

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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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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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Did You Know Africa is the Birthplace of Mankind?

Before the 1920s, many scholars and scientists believed that the origins of human beings were traced back to Europe or Asia based on archaeological finds in those regions. But in 1924, a discovery in South Africa became the first step to changing this perception of where mankind first began. In that year, an Australian paleoanthropologist …

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