African American Culture Information
A Common Thread Across Black Communities
Our common thread is more than the color of our skin. It is what we all have inherited from generations before. A legacy that is filled with determination, fortitude, power, resilience, faith and love.
African American Artist Henry Ossawa Tanner
Henry Ossawa Tanner was the first African American Artist to gain critical acclaim as an artist after moving to France. His most famous painting is The Bango Lesson which currently hangs in Hampton University Museum.
African-American History Is American History
It is important that we take the time to explore our roots, and teach our children to do the same thing. Knowledge is power. It not only frees the mind, but breaks the ties that would hold us back and bind us from moving forward.
African-American tennis player far beyond his accomplishments on the tennis court.
Celebrating Black History
February is Black History Month. This year,we have much to celebrate, including the election of our first Black President, and celebrating 100 years of the NAACP.
Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., let´s take the time to reflect upon the man and his dream. A dream which has come to past.
Celebration of Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa is the celebration of family, community and culture. Created by Dr. Karenga in 1966, Kwanzaa has seen a significant rise in participants across the globe.
Disrupting The Dichotomy of Black Life
The Dichotomy of Black Life series touched on many aspects of black life: Education, Housing, Employment, Healthcare, Politics and Church. As a people, we´ve allowed ourselves to be divided along the lines of socioeconomic status; causing damage to ourselves. It is time for reflection and change.
Do You Know Your History?
This is part one of a historical journey into my paternal past. It is important to know where you come from. You cannot know where you are going until you understand where you come from. Thank you for sharing in this personal slice of my history.
Embrace Your Greatness
As we celbrate Black History Month, let us remember that is more than a one time celebration. It should be a way of life. Each day we should celebrate who we are, where came from, and the greatness our lives behold.
Encyclopedia Britannica Guide to Black History [offsite link]
Multimedia site includes a timeline, overview of the eras in black history.
Fourth of July Memories
What do you remember about Fourth of July celebrations? Was it all about the food, the fireworks, or family? Or, like me, did you also get a history lesson about what Independence Day truly meant for African Americans?
Gwendolyn Brooks. Poet, Author, Teacher.
Hidden Treasure In The Black Community
There is hidden treasure in the Black community. One that has been overlooked, or forgotten, or totally disregarded. Yet, in our very own families is a wealth of treasure waiting to be unearthed...Our History.
History In The Making
No matter what happens, history has already been made with an anstonishing number of registered new voters, a Black man on the Presidential ticket, and more young Americans and older Americans coming out to vote for the first time. Are you apart of history as well?
Honoring Our History
In celebrating who we are, we must know that we must honor our history and those who came before us. The life lessons that were laid for us, need to be picked up and applied to our lives today.
In Honor of Our Black Soldiers This Memorial Day
Giving honor this Memorial Day to African American Soldiers that have fought to keep our country safe, even while they fought to be recognized and respected as fellow Americans.
In This Black Skin
As we celebrate Black History Month, we continue to learn and grow, and understand that for each of us, Black history is everyday, and it is apart of all American History.
Is There A Dreamer In The House?
Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.
Know Your History and Celebrate!
This is the continuing article to: Do You Know Your History? Getting to know your history can take on many meanings. Whatever you may uncover, know that you have the power to change things, always striving for better. Knowing your past can only make you stronger for tomorrow.
The life of Evangelist and activist, Lucie Campbell.
Madame C.J. Walker
Born into poverty, Madame Walker became the first black woman millionaire even before women had won the right to vote.
Martin Luther King to Barack Obama
From Preacher to President. Taking the cause for human and civil rights to another level in African American History. Yet, it is more than African American history; it is American history—plain and simple.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
A brief look into the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mary Church Terrell
The extraordinary life of Mary Church Terrell. We have so much to learn and gain from the life of this extraordinary woman who was a trailblazer in many arenas.
Robert Louis Fox...A Great Man & Leader
Sometimes we look for those of notoriety and of a certain fame to celebrate and admonish for Black History. But there are those who have fought on the sidelines, and the world may not know their name; but we know their name because they are family. Today I celebrate Robert Louis Fox. My Mentor.
The woman behind the boycott.
September 11th, 2001....Ten Years Later
Where were you on that fateful 9/11? How has your life changed? So many things have transpired since that fateful day ten years ago. Many lives were lost. Many lives were scarred. And many lives were changed. What impact did that day have on you?
Sickle Cell Anemia
Target Hits The Mark With Inspiring Campaign
Target's inspirational campaign: Dare. Dream. Do. hits the mark. In an interview with Greg Cunningham of Target, he discusses the campaign, and how, through marketing, Target aims to address issues that impact African American consumers. Quotes from two notable persons who are making impacts today.
The Dichotomy of Black Life
You are invited to share in this series of articles focusing on: Education, Housing, Employment, Health, Church and Politics. Black life in America has bought with it many struggles. For many, it has been a series of choices--good and bad. Sometimes, with devastating consequences.
The Dichotomy of Our Church Life
Concluding the series on The Dichotomy of Black Life. The Church has always been a staple for the Black family. So why have we allowed socioeconomic status determine our membership? In order to move forward, we must understand our past, our present and how we got there. It´s time for a change...
The Dichotomy of the Black Church
What is the most segregated time in America? Sunday morning. Although, more integrated churches can be found than ten years ago. An even newer trend seems to have hit many houses of worship; church divided along the lines of socioeconomic status.
The Education and Housing Dichotomy of Black Life
Continuing series of articles focusing on: Education, Housing, Employment, Health, Church and Politics. Black life in America has bought with it many struggles. For many, it has been a series of choices--good and bad. Sometimes, with devastating consequences.
The Education of the African-American
Ignorance of who you are and where you come from perpetuates a diabolical cycle of death and destruction. It is time to educate ourselves so we can educate our children; arming them with every tool they need to make it in this life.
The Extraordinary Pearl Bailey
Did you ever stop to consider what makes a great woman? What characteristics constitutes a woman of substance; a woman that is worthy of remembrance? One such woman is the great Pearl Bailey. She left an indelible mark in American History.
The Future Is In The Past
What does the future hold for Black America? In part two of a look at the future of Black America, what can we learn from our past? Can we find success for today from looking at the past?
The Future of Black America
What does the future hold for Black America? Two key factors that have always had a great influence on Black America has been: the Black Family and the Black Church. This is part one of a look at the status of Black America, and where go from here.
The Price of Freedom
Today we celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. More than a dreamer, he was a visionary. There must be a new generation of dreamers and visionaries. Those that will be determined to stand in the gap and fight for those who cannot fight for themselves, and dare to face the enemy head on.
Twenty First Century Black Diaspora
We should not only care about where we are going; but also care and understand about where we’ve been, what we’ve experienced, and how we arrived at the place we are in. And, what are we going to do to make a change.
Umoja...First Principle of Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa celebrates what is called the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Or, Nguzo Saba, the seven principles of blackness. The first principle is called: Umoja (Unity). With the current difficulties we are facing, it couldn’t be a more opportune time to practice this first principle.
We Can't Stop Now
There is a life before us in this world that we are living. We have made strides throughout the decades, wherein we have reached a degree of success. Yet, there is so much more that needs to be accomplished, before we can rest. So much more that needs to be addressed.
Women In Basketball
Take a look at the trailblazers of women´s basketball.
Working Together in the African-American Community
From slavery until now there has been one thing that certain in the African-American community: working together and for one another accomplishes more than if tried alone. Standing and fighting for those who cannot, makes the community stronger and a future possible for the generation of tomorrow.
Young African-Americans Disconnect With The Past
Young African-Americans have been severely limited in their understanding and knowledge of their past. It is upon the shoulders of those who know and understand the past that we do what is necessary to inform and teach this generation; so they, too, can know who they are and where they are going.
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