Black History Month

Rosa Parks Biography

By Brendan Bense | July 2, 2018

Rosa Parks Biography Rosa Parks: Activist Rosa was born to a teacher and carpenter in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1913. Though the Civil War had long ended, former Confederate States were quick to adopt social, voting, and economic laws that disenfranchised black citizens. Facilities and stores upheld racial segregation via de facto laws and de jure…

Ella Fitzgerald Biography: The Queen of Jazz

By Brendan Bense | June 26, 2018

  Ella Fitzgerald Biography: The Queen of Jazz Beginnings Ella began an unforgiving life as soon as she moved with her step-dad to world-famous Harlem, New York, after her mother died from injuries related to a car accident. It was there that her grades took a turn for the worse and she soon became homeless,…

Malcolm X: Ballot or Bullet

By Brendan Bense | May 3, 2018

Malcolm X: Ballot or Bullet “You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” Beginnings Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little, started a troubled and difficult life in 1925 Omaha. His family was the subject of significant racial harassment by the KKK and other hate groups, and…

Octavius Valentine Catto

By Kevin Ramirez | February 28, 2018

  The History Of Octavius Valentine Catto Octavius Valentine Catto, an influential African-American leader in Philadelphia, worked tirelessly to help the U.S. realize its founding democratic vision and to provide equal rights for all. He successfully protested the segregation Philadelphia’s horse-drawn trolleys, fought to pass constitutional amendments enfranchising black citizens, and worked to bring new…

Hank Aaron – Baseball Immortal

By Kevin Ramirez | February 23, 2018

Hank Aaron – A Baseball Legend Background Born in Mobile, Alabama, Hank Aaron joined the Negro Leagues to become one of America’s most prominent baseball icons. Playing for both the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves, he set (and broke) many home run records, with a total of 755. In 1982, he was in the baseball Hall…

Martin Luther King Monument

By Kevin Ramirez | February 23, 2018

The Martin Luther King Monument Who Was He? Early Life Martin Luther King, Jr. was born as Michael Luther King in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929. King was so intelligent that he graduated from high school at 15 years old and went directly into college.  In 1948, at the age of 19, he graduated…

Madam CJ Walker

By Kevin Ramirez | February 16, 2018

The First Self-Made Female Millionaire Madam CJ Walker Early Life Of Sarah Breedlove Born as Sarah Breedlove, she became known as Madam CJ Walker when she married her second husband, Charles J. Walker. Her early life was rough, just like many Black women experienced in the 1800’s. Orphaned at only six years old, and then…

Bessie Coleman

By Kevin Ramirez | February 16, 2018

The First Female African-American Pilot Bessie Coleman Bessie Coleman’s Early Life Bessie Coleman was one of 13 children, with parents who were both illiterate sharecroppers. By the time she reached childhood, Coleman’s father left his family to go to Oklahoma for better work opportunities. Her mother and brothers eventually left for better work as well,…

Top 5 Influentials Celebrated in Black History Month

By Kevin Ramirez | February 5, 2018

Top 5 Influentials Celebrated For Black History Month What Is Black History Month And Why Do We Celebrate It? Black History Month honors the way in which influential Black leaders helped shape our world — we wouldn’t be who are today if it weren’t for their relentless dedication and passion for equal treatment for all.…

The Tuskegee Red-Tail Angels

By Kevin Ramirez | February 2, 2018

The Tuskegee Red-Tail Angels For African-Americans, There Were Two Wars: The War Overseas and the War at Home Fight For Their Right to Serve Tuskegee Airmen Background The Tuskegee Airmen were among the first black men to serve in the air-force as pilots in World War II. Although they were constantly experiencing racism and prejudice,…