Black History Fact Of The Day: Lloyd Ferguson

Lloyd Ferguson is the first African American to receive a Ph.D in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. While a student at the University of California, Lloyd Ferguson created a compound that is capable of gaining and losing oxygen extremely quickly. This compound has been used as a source of oxygen for submarines. Mr. […]

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Black History Fact Of The Day: Otis Boykin

Prolific inventor Otis Boykin created dozens of inventions. His inventions include: A control device for the heart pacemaker, an improved electrical resistor used in electronic devices, a chemical air filter, a missile guider,and a burglar-proof cash register. Tweet

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Black History Fact Of The Day

“South Carolina’s slave-plantation owners had known nothing about how to grow and irrigate rice. That knowledge was brought to the low country by Africans stolen from Sierra Leone by the Royal African Company of England. As the slaves produced the rice that made the plantation owners rich, their glistening backs bore the branded acronym of […]

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Black History Fact Of The Day: Oklahoma

Oklahoma, the 46th state to join the United States, was established in 1907. The word Oklahoma comes from the language of the Choctaw. It literally means, “land of the red people.” Many people of African descent formed towns in Oklahoma early on in the state’s formative years. On December 18, 1907, a month after Oklahoma […]

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Black History Fact Of The Day

Black people who lived amongst the Creek Nation were called Creek Freeman. The Creek Freeman founded several towns in the United States, including an Oklahoma town that they named Twine. The town was named after William Henry Twine. Mr. Twine was a businessman, lawyer, and the owner and operator of the newspaper the Muskogee Cimeter. […]

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Black History Fact Of The Day

Formed in New York City in 1850, the American League of Colored Laborers (ALCL) was the first African American labor union created in the United States. Frederick Douglass and other activists formed this union as a collective for Black workers who were disallowed from joining White unions. Tweet

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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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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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