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Black History Fact Of The Day: Claude Harvard

Claude Harvard is the brains behind several of Ford Motor Company’s patented devices. The ingenious inventor created more that 2 dozen devices that Ford Motor claimed the patents for. As an employee of Ford Motor Company, Claude Harvard relinquished his rights to the patents to the corporatation. Tweet

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Black History Fact Of The Day

“In 1865 the black population of Manhattan and Brooklyn totaled fewer than 15,000. By the turn of the 20th century, it had soared to over 60,000, more than half of whom hailed from the old Confederacy.” -From, “Slavery In New York” Tweet

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Black History Fact Of The Day

Heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson had a bevy of talents. He was an inventor; inventing the wrench. He was also an astute business man. He owned and operated Club Deluxe in Harlem, located at 142nd Street and Lenox Avenue. This club later became the Cotton Club. In addition to all of this, Jack Johnson was […]

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Powerful Words From Stokely Carmichael

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Black History Fact Of The Day: New York, 1860 or 2016?

“New York, a city whose development had been so decisively shaped by slavery. In 1860, the city’s 12,472 blacks were widely dispersed among eight different wards, in enclaves that, while often separate, were not sharply demarcated in the manner of segregated ghettos of twentieth-century Northern cities. Black New Yorkers’ choice of where to live was […]

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Black History Fact Of The Day: Mildred Smith

Mildred Smith, an opera singer who sand with The National Negro Opera Company, invented a card game while whe was recovering from being home-bound due to having multiple sclerosis. Here card game was called, “Family Treeditions.” The game aimed to help people to figure out their family tree. She received a patent for her invention […]

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The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, Brazil & The Quilombola

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Black History Fact Of The Day

“Profits from slave-produced cotton propelled New York’s financial rise, while political and literary ties to Southern elites expanded the city’s influence. The paradox of slavery in a free city turned out to have been essential to the making of the modern metropolis.” -From, “Slavery In New York” Tweet

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Frederick Douglass’s Advice To Dr. Daniel Hale Williams

Frederick Douglass was reportedly a distant relative of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, the first physician to perform open-heart surgery. Frederick Douglass gave Dr. Williams the following profound advice: “The only way you can succeed is to override the obstacles in your path; by the power that is within you to do what you hope to […]

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Black History Fact Of The Day

“The federal census of 1850 reported 13,815 blacks in Manhattan; five years later, the New York State census recorded fewer than 12,000 African Americans in the city. The federal Fugitive Slave Law likely inspired hundreds of the city’s African American residents to leave for safety elsewhere.” -From, “Slavery In New York” Tweet

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