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Dorothy Lee Bolden: Uniting Domestic Workers

Dorothy Lee Bolden’s first experience with domestic work was at the age of nine where she earned $1.25 per week. Alabama-born Bolden (1923–2005), alongside her...

The Multicultural Children’s Bookstore Celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The Multicultural Children’s Bookstore celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. day along with thousands of others around the country. The occasion kicked off the bookstore’s...

The SixTripleEight: ‘No Mail, Low Morale’

Many historical accounts of war exclude women. The word “soldier” brings to mind immediately a male figure in uniform. Yet by definition soldier refers...

Black Travelers Used ‘The Green Book’ to Navigate Jim Crow America

The discriminatory laws and practices of the Jim Crow era made traveling by car a dangerous experience for Black families. Travelers were denied access...

Zora Neale Hurston’s Work Preserves Memories of Captive Who Made Journey...

Cudjo Lewis (born Oluale Kossola) was from Guinea, West Africa. The documented stories of his Middle Passage journey on the ship Clotilda in 1860,...

How Nancy Green, ‘The Pancake Queen’ Became the Face of...

Many consider the term “Aunt Jemima” disparaging and offensive, stereotyping Black women as subservient. But Nancy Green (1834–1923), the living trademark for Aunt Jemima’s...

Sarah Forbes Bonetta: Black and British

The year was 1848. A Dahomeyan army of fearless Amazon warriors besieged Oke-Odan, a Nigerian village inhabited by the Egbado. Lives were lost; many...

Empire, Wyoming: A Short-Lived Community

Wyoming seemed an unlikely place for African Americans to build a community, especially at the turn of the 20th century. At that time, Blacks...

James Armistead Lafayette: Slave Turned Spy

It was autumn, 1781. A combined American force of Colonial and French troops had laid siege to the British Army at Yorktown,Va. This battle...

Dr. Mark E. Dean, Black Computer Scientist Holds 20 Patents

Advancements in computer science and other STEM areas usually conjure names such as the late Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Burt Rutan. Yet there...
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