Hidden Facts In History Is My Love— Especially Black history!
I have always liked reading, searching, and analyzing information and data about things that is not talked about—-basically I love facts, those little authentic ones, people tend to overlook and underestimate their value. Why? Because—Knowledge is Power!
In other words—I love learning about us: An interesting article: read more here
Fact #3: Allensworth is the first all-black Californian township, founded and financed by African Americans. Created by Lieutenant Colonel Allen Allensworth in 1908, the town was built with the intention of establishing a self-sufficient city where African Americans could live their lives free of racial prejudice.
Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies
Fact #6: Before Wally Amos became famous for his “Famous Amos” chocolate chip cookies, he was a talent agent at the William Morris Agency, where he worked with the likes of The Supremes and Simon & Garfunkel.
Fact #7: Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on friend Maya Angelou’s birthday, on April 4, 1968. Angelou stopped celebrating her birthday for years afterward, and sent flowers to King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, for more than 30 years, until Coretta’s death in 2006.
Played The Cornet
Fact #8: Louis Armstrong learned how to play the cornet while living at the Colored Waif’s Home for Boys.
Fact #16: Before becoming a professional musician, Chuck Berry studied to be a hairdresser.
Challenge of Segregation
Fact #19: In 1938, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt challenged the segregation rules at the Southern Conference on Human Welfare in Birmingham, Alabama, so she could sit next to African American educator and activist Mary McLeod Bethune.
Roosevelt would come to refer to Bethune as “her closest friend in her age group.”
Return to Africa
Fact #30: Paul Cuffee, a philanthropist, ship captain and devout Quaker who supported a return to Africa for black citizens, transported 38 free African Americans to Sierra Leone in 1815.
He also founded one of the first American integrated schools in 1797.
Fact #40: Nancy Green, who was formerly enslaved, was employed in the 1890s to promote the Aunt Jemima brand by demonstrating the pancake mix at expositions and fairs.
She was a popular attraction because of her friendly personality, storytelling skills and warmth.
Green signed a lifetime contract with the pancake company, and her image was used for packaging and ads.
George and William
Fact #68: George Monroe and William Robinson are thought to be two of the first African Americans to work as Pony Express riders.
The Pony Express Riders
Monroe, who was known as “Knight of the Sierras,” frequently navigated passengers through the curving Wanona Trail in the Yosemite Valley.
As a result, Monroe Meadows in Yosemite National Park is named after him.
First Female Black College
Fact #74: In 1881, Sophia B. Packard and Harriet E. Giles founded what would become the first college for black women in the United States.
The school was named Spelman College after Laura Spelman Rockefeller and her parents, who were abolitionists.
Laura was also the wife of John D. Rockefeller, who made a significant donation to the school.
Walker Smith, Jr.
Fact #96: Walker Smith Jr. became known as Sugar Ray Robinson when, as an under-aged boxer, he used fellow boxer Ray Robinson’s Amateur Athletic Union card to fight in a show.
Smith won a Golden Glove featherweight title in 1939 under the assumed name and continued using it thereafter, with the additional “Sugar” coming from a reporter.
Fact #97: Considered one of the greatest boxers of all time, Sugar Ray Robinson held the world welterweight title from 1946 to 1951, and by 1958, he had become the first boxer to win a divisional world championship five times.
Father—Black Panther/First Black Photojournalist/ Mother—English Professor
103: Rapper Kanye West’s father, Ray West—a former Black Panther—was one of the first black photojournalists at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, receiving accolades for his work.
Fact #104: The mother of rapper and producer Kanye West was an English professor before switching careers to serve as her son’s manager.
Fact 106: Before Forest Whitaker was a film star, he was accepted into the music conservatory at the University of Southern California to study opera as a tenor.
Fact #107: Jesse Ernest Wilkins Jr., a physicist, mathematician and engineer, earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Chicago in 1942, at age 19.
Middle Name December
Fact #108: The “Dee” in actor Billy Dee Williams’ name is short for his middle name, “December.”
First—The One And Only
Fact #109: Cathay Williams was the first and only known female Buffalo Soldier. Williams was born into slavery and worked for the Union army during the Civil War.
She posed as a man and enlisted as William Cathay in the 38th infantry in 1866, and was given a medical discharge in 1868.
Establishment of Black History
Fact #114: In 1926, Carter Godwin Woodson established Negro History Week, which later became Black History Month.
Fact #119: According to the American Community Survey, in 2005, there were 2.4 million black military veterans in the United States—the highest of any minority group.
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