This Week in Black History


Runner remembers relationship with Jesse Owens

Long before the movie about Jesse Owens premiering this week was made, he inspired a local Olympian who followed in his gold-medal footsteps.

Aunt Jemima Found after Nearly 100 Years

Her name was Nancy Green. Away from the elaborate tombs and ornate grave markers bearing the prominent names of national celebrities, Chicago’s upper class and Black elite, she has been buried for nearly 100 years somewhere in Oak Woods Cemetery ...

Creating Black History One Wiki Page at a Time

Though he was the first African American with a doctoral degree in educational psychology as well as editor of the Journal of Negro Education for 30 years, Charles Henry Thompson’s page on Wikipedia didn’t show much


Feb. 27 Journalist Charlayne Alberta Hunter Gault was born in Due West, S.C. in 1942. She and the late Hamilton Holmes were the first blacks to integrate the University of Georgia. Hunter-Gault graduated from Atlanta’s Henry McNeal Turner High School. ...


February 20 - Death of Frederick Douglass (78), Douglass was the leading Black spokesman for almost fifty years

This Week in Black History: Feb. 13-19

Feb. 13 The Renaissance, the first black pro basketball team organized in New York in 1923. Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day Morehouse College of Atlanta was founded as Augusta Institute in 1867. Frederick Douglass, newspaper publisher/abolitionist is born, 1817 The late ...

Angela Davis Still an Activist At 71, the Freedom Fighter Battles On

Say the name Angela Davis and, depending upon with whom you speak, a range of opinions, emotions and thoughts automatically ensue.

This Week in Black History September 17, 1947

Jackie Robinson, the first Black player in Major League Baseball history, was named the National League “Rookie of the Year” after his first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

This Week in Black History September 6, 1987

Renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson led a team of physicians in successfully separating 7-month-old Siamese twins who were joined at the head.

This Week in Black History August 30, 1967

The acclaimed Civil Rights attorney and lower court judge Thurgood Marshall received confirmation from the U.S. Senate to become the first Black Supreme Court Justice.

This Week in Black History August 28, 1955

After being accused of whistling at a white woman, 14-year-old Emmett Till was kidnapped in Money, Miss. His brutally murdered body was found four days later.

This Week in Black History August 20, 2000

Tiger Woods became the first pro golfer ever to win the U.S. Open, the British Open and the PGA Championship in the same year.

This Week in Black History August 10, 1989

U.S. Army General Colin L. Powell was named Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest military position in the country.

This Week in Black History August 2, 1924

On this date, the acclaimed novelist and playwright James Baldwin was born in Harlem.

This Week in Black History July 27, 2004

Barack Obama, then a junior Senator from Illinois, gave the Keynote Address at the Democratic National Convention. The rest is history.