Black History Videos

Major Taylor - Black History Month 2015

Major Taylor – Black History Month 2015

Early In Years Marshall Walter aka Major Taylor was born November 26, 1878, in Indianapolis, Indiana. In the early years of his life, Taylor grew up with little money. His father, a farmer and Civil War veteran, worked as carriage operator for a prosperous white family. Major Taylor frequently joined his dad at the job …

Major Taylor – Black History Month 2015 Read More »

Althea Gibson - Black History Month 2015

Althea Gibson – Black History Month 2015

Early In Life Althea Neale Gibson was given birth to on August 25, 1927, in Silver, South Carolina. Gibson blazed a brand new trail in the sport of tennis, winning a number of the sport’s biggest game titles in the 1950s, and broke racial barriers in professional golf as well. At a young age, Althea …

Althea Gibson – Black History Month 2015 Read More »

Mae C. Jemison - Black History Month 2015

Mae C. Jemison – Black History Month 2015

Early In Life Astronaut and medical professional Mae C. Jemison came into this world on October 17, 1956, in Decatur, Alabama, the youngest child of Charlie Jemison, a roofer and carpenter, and Dorothy (Green) Jemison, an grammar school teacher. Her sister, Ada Jemison Bullock, became a child psychiatrist, and her brother, Charles Jemison, is a …

Mae C. Jemison – Black History Month 2015 Read More »

Henry Highland Garnet - Black History Month

Henry Highland Garnet – Black History Weekly Wednesday 2015

Henry Highland Garnet was an African-American abolitionist born circa December 23, 1815 in Kent County, Maryland. Born being a slave, he and his loved ones escaped to New York when he was nine years of age. During the 1840’s and decades afterward Henry grew to become an abolitionist. His “Call to Rebellion” speech persuaded slaves …

Henry Highland Garnet – Black History Weekly Wednesday 2015 Read More »

Fannie Lou Hamer - Black History Month 2015

Fannie Lou Hamer – Black History Weekly Wednesday 2015

Fannie Lou Hamer was born October 6, 1917, in Montgomery County, Mississippi. In 1944 this lady met municipal rights activists who actually encouraged blacks to register to vote. She slowly became active in helping. In addition, she worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) that fought racial segregation and injustice throughout the South. In …

Fannie Lou Hamer – Black History Weekly Wednesday 2015 Read More »

Betty Shabazz - Black History Month 2015

Betty Shabazz – Black History Weekly Wednesday 2015

Betty Shabazz, also referred to as Betty X, was born Betty Dean Sanders. Even though her birth reports cannot be found, she was most likely born on May 28, 1934. Shabazz married Nation of Islam spokesperson Malcolm X in 1958. Following her husband’s assassination in 1965, Shabazz went on to a career in university administration …

Betty Shabazz – Black History Weekly Wednesday 2015 Read More »

Lonnie-G Johnson - Black History Month 2015

Lonnie G Johnson – Black History Weekly Wednesday 2015

Finishing his master’s, Lonnie G. Johnson signed up with the Air Force and was assigned to the Strategic Air Command, where he helped develop the stealth bomber program. His other projects included working as a systems engineer for the Galileo mission to Jupiter and the Cassini mission to Saturn. Johnson also came up with the …

Lonnie G Johnson – Black History Weekly Wednesday 2015 Read More »

Will.i.am - Black History Month

Will.i.am – Black History Month

Will.i.am is a hit-making master as a solo artist and as a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning group the Black Eyed Peas. The multi-talented singer has also excelled as a songwriter and producer. Outside of the music biz, Will.i.am dabbles in fashion, acting, technology, business and social activism. Quotes I’m just a guy who …

Will.i.am – Black History Month Read More »

Jane Bolin - Black History Month

Jane Bolin – Black History Month

Jane Bolin graduated from Yale Law School and, after relocating to New York City, became sworn in by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia as the first African-American female judge in the U.S. Quotes I’d rather see if i can help a child than settle an argument between adults over money. ~ Jane Bolin Background Jane Matilda …

Jane Bolin – Black History Month Read More »

Otis Boykin - Black History Month

Otis Boykin – Black History Month

Otis Boykin was born on August 29, 1920, in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Fisk College in 1941 and took a job with the Majestic Radio and TV Corporation. He later worked at P. J. Nilsen Research Laboratories. He began to invent products on his own, with some of his noteworthy inventions including a wire …

Otis Boykin – Black History Month Read More »

Babyface - Black History Month

Babyface – Black History Month

Born on April 10, 1959, in Indianapolis, Indiana, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds played with the band The Deele before forming a songwriting/production team with L.A. Reid. The two formed their own label, launching artists like Toni Braxton and TLC, and scoring multitudes of hits. Having helmed the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack among other projects, Babyface is …

Babyface – Black History Month Read More »

Wally Amos - Black History Month

Wally Amos – Black History Month

Wally Amos was born on July 1, 1936, in Tallahassee, Florida. He started in the mailroom of the William Morris Agency and in 1962 became the first black talent agent in their history. As an agent, he signed Simon & Garfunkel and headed the agency’s rock ‘n’ roll department. In 1975, he opened the first …

Wally Amos – Black History Month Read More »

Ralph D. Abernathy - Black History Month

Ralph Abernathy – Black History Month

Ralph Abernathy was a Baptist minister who, with Martin Luther King Jr., organized the historical Montgomery bus boycotts. He co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and was a major civil rights figure, serving as close adviser to King and later assuming SCLC presidency. Quote “There will be no quiet or peace in this land until …

Ralph Abernathy – Black History Month Read More »

Tichina Arnold - Black History Month

Tichina Arnold – Black History Month

Tichina Arnold was popular for her role as Pam James, opposite Martin Lawrence, on the sitcom Martin. After Martin, Arnold made guest appearances on The Jaime Foxx Show and Soul Food. In 2005, she landed a starring role as Rochelle, a tough mom of three, on Everybody Hates Chris. Along with acting, she ran a …

Tichina Arnold – Black History Month Read More »

In the late 1980s, Flex Alexander branched out in to acting along with dancing and choreographing. He began performing stand-up comedy and out film roles.

Flex Alexander – Black History Month

Flex Alexander was born in New York City on April 15, 1970. Alexander started his profession as a dancer and choreographer, traveling for a long time with the trio Salt-n-Pepa. He then branched out into film and television, creating and starring in the television show One on One for quite a while and showing up …

Flex Alexander – Black History Month Read More »

Hank Aaron - Black History Month

Hank Aaron – Black History Month

Born into humble circumstances on February 5, 1934, in Mobile, Alabama, Hank Aaron ascended the ranks of the Negro Leagues to become a Major League Baseball icon. Aaron played as an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves for nearly 23 years, during which time he broke many of baseball’s most distinguished records, including most career home …

Hank Aaron – Black History Month Read More »

Maya Angelou Part 2

Maya Angelou Part2 – Black History Month

In the future Successes Maya Angelou has written a number of autobiographies all through her career, including All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes (1986) and A Song Flung Up to Heaven (2002), but 1969's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is still considered to be her most popular autobiographical work. She has furthermore published …

Maya Angelou Part2 – Black History Month Read More »

Maya Angelou Part1 - Black History Month

Maya Angelou Part1 – Black History Month

Maya Angelou is famous for her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which made literary history as the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman. In 1971, Angelou published the Pulitzer Prize-nominated poetry collection Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Die. She later on wrote the poem “On …

Maya Angelou Part1 – Black History Month Read More »