Northerners often depict the South as backwards and racist. During the Civil Rights Movement, the South gave the North plenty of reasons to feel superiors. Snarling dogs, skin bruising water hoses and lynch mobs didn’t help the South’s image.
In this shocking video, the story is told about how black babies were once used as alligator bait. A curious historian traces the dark past to try to explain why black babies appeared on so many post cards with alligators chasing them. The video is disturbing, but is a must-see when it comes to understanding […]
Elijah McCoy Biography (1843–1929) Inventor and manufacturer, born in Canada. His African-American parents had fled from Kentucky to escape slavery. He showed an early talent for mechanical innovations, and in Ypsilanti, MI he devloped lubricators for steam engines (1870). In 1882 he moved to Detroit, where he perfected his lubricating cup, still widely used to […]
“Self Destruction” starts off with a Malcolm X sample and carries his message of stopping the violence in the Black community. “Bring The Noise” by Public Enemy starts off with a “too black, too strong” sample from Malcolm X “Revolution” by Arrested Development provided the modern day theme song to Spike Lee’s movie on Malcolm […]
This op-ed was published today in the New York Times and was written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., aka Skip Gates, of Beer Summit fame. Skip Gates’ opinion on this issue is not necessarily representative of our point of view here at NewsOne but we feel it is our editorial responsibility to publish this article and […]
January 4, 1976 opened America's eyes to the unlawful acts that the FBI was conducting against black militant groups. Read the report findings and see senate hearing video here.
Most Americans best remember Marian Anderson for her conscience-grabbing concert at the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday, 1939 after she was denied the use of Constitution Hall, an arena that, from 1935 to 1952, opened its doors to white artists only. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, appalled at the Hall's racist action, opened the Lincoln Memorial for Anderson's concert. As Abraham Lincoln's statue watched over her from behind, Anderson gave an extraordinary performance that will go down in history as one of the most dramatic civil-rights spectacles ever. See footage of this historic event here.
Mamie Smith was the first to record a blues record back in 1920. She paved the way for all future musicians of those times. Take a walk back with us as we celebrate Mamie Smith.
In the summer of 1908, the country was shocked by the account of the race riots at Springfield, Illinois. Here, in the home of Abraham Lincoln, a mob containing many of the town's "best citizens," raged for two days, killed and wounded scores of Negroes, and drove thousands from the city. And because of this the NAACP was born.
In 1928 Oscar DePriest became the first African American congressman elected to the House of Representatives from a northern state and a national symbol for racial pride. Read more on Oscar DePriest here.
On July 2, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. See his remarks on this historic day here.