Cairo, Illinois Was Once A Midwestern Hub Until Race-Fueled Violence Destroyed The Entire Town
Despite a burgeoning history, deep-seated racial tensions would eventually dismantle the town, rendering it nearly abandoned today.
Edward A. Carter: The Heroic Soldier Who Was Denied A Medal Of Honor Because Of His Race
He was demoted, discriminated against, and gravely injured. Perhaps worst of all, he wasn't recognized for his outstanding service until it was too late.
In 1969, The FBI And Chicago Police Conspired To Murder Fred Hampton
FBI Chief J. Edgar Hoover himself orchestrated the hit alongside Chicago police to silence the 21-year-old activist's fight for justice in his community.
The True Story Behind Legendary Jazz Pianist Don Shirley And Green Book
Don Shirley was a piano prodigy and his passion was for classical music. But because of his race, 1950s America wanted him to stick to pop music.
The Story Of Marshall Taylor, The First African-American Cycling World Champion
Nicknamed the "Black Cyclone," Marshall Taylor defied all the odds when he won the title of World Cycling Champion in 1899.
Ella Baker: The Unsung Hero Of The Civil Rights Movement
She galvanized the individual's role in the Civil Rights Movement, influenced MLK and taught Rosa Parks how to resist peacefully. But history often forgets to mention that.
Bessie Stringfield: The Black Motorcycle Queen Who Rode Against Prejudice
Despite Jim Crow obstacles in her way, Bessie Stringfield rode across America to become the "motorcycle queen" of the 1930s.
Aretha Franklin Offered To Post Angela Davis’ Bail In 1970 Because She Wanted “Freedom For Black People”
"I have the money; I got it from Black people — they've made me financially able to have it — and I want to use it in ways that will help our people."
This Black World War I Hero Died In Obscurity — Then Got His Due 86 Years Later
A soldier in the famed Harlem Hellfighters regiment during World War I, Henry Johnson's incredible act of bravery earned him France's highest military honor. His own country, however, took much longer to do the same.
NYC Buried Thousands Of Black People Here And Forgot About It – Until It Was Rediscovered
In 1991, excavators discovered a burial ground in lower Manhattan. Today, it's the African Burial Ground National Monument.
How A Poor Black 10-Year-Old Girl Became A Millionaire Oil Baron
Sarah Rector was a pre-teen when a piece of land she owned was leased to Standard Oil Company. Soon, she was raking in royalties of nearly $8,000 per day in today's money.