History Stories
CATEGORY: Black History
Meet the Oldest Living U.S. Veteran
November 3, 2017

At age 111, World War II veteran Richard Overton still enjoys his whiskey and cigars. Read More

The ‘Hepster Dictionary’ Was the First Dictionary Written By an African American
August 1, 2017

This glossary of Harlem jive that is thought to be the first dictionary written by an African American. Read More

The Infamous, 40-Year Tuskegee Study
May 16, 2017

Known officially as the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male, the study began at a time when there was no known treatment for the disease Read More

The 19th-Century Black Sports Superstar You’ve Never Heard Of
March 23, 2017

Boxer Bill Richmond’s improbable rise from slavery to superstardom came almost a century before Jack Johnson even picked up a pair of gloves. Read More

The Green Book: The Black Travelers’ Guide to Jim Crow America
February 6, 2017

For nearly 30 years, a guide called the “Negro Motorist Green Book” provided African Americans with advice on safe places to eat and sleep when they traveled through the Jim Crow-era United States Read More

The Man Behind Black History Month
February 2, 2017

Dr. Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) dedicated his life to educating African Americans about the achievements and contributions of their ancestors. Read More

The Birth of the Tuskegee Airmen
March 18, 2016

On the anniversary of the outfit’s creation, find out how this legendary unit came into being. Read More

WWI Hero Henry Johnson Finally Receives Medal of Honor
June 2, 2015

Private Henry Johnson, a member of the all-black unit known as the “Harlem Hellfighters,” used a rifle, a knife and his hands to fight off nearly two dozen German soldiers during World War I. Read More

7 Things You May Not Know About Malcolm X
February 20, 2015

Get the facts on the outspoken black nationalist. Read More

11 Things You May Not Know About Jackie Robinson
January 31, 2014

Explore 11 little-known facts about the man who integrated baseball. Read More