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Trailblazers & Heroes

Your history books may have covered notable African-American trailblazers like Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Harriet Tubman but Black history expands much further. So, we’ve put together a list of little-known but significant heroes in...
Today, we celebrate the life of the great entrepreneur and philanthropist Madam C.J. Walker (1867 – 1919) who has been described as the first American self-made woman millionaire.  This...
Your town is under invasion. What do you do? Hide? Flee? Not sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington! She rode through forty miles of enemy-infested territory to let her father and his regiment know that the British had laid siege...
As the old saying goes, “not all heroes wear capes.” And even tough Sam Houston, the biggest hero in Texas, would occasionally don a cloak, this is true in the Lone Star State. Throughout the history of Texas, heroes of...
This month, 172 years ago, a group of women gathered in Seneca Falls, New York, to throw the world's first convention celebrating women's rights. The convention, in the hosts' own words, would discuss "the social, civil, and...
Napa Valley is known for its wine and winemakers, but just beneath the fertile soil lies another, more complex version of its history. One intrepid historian took her hometown to task to uncover the stories that...
A Civil War ambulance removing the wounded. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Image sourced from African American Medicine in Washington, DC. Dr. Alexander Augusta Whereas pre–Civil War, African...
When systemic racism tried to stop them, South Bend residents built a “nice neighborhood” for themselves. You may have heard that South Bend’s mayor is running for president. With Mayor Pete in the...
We've profiled exceptional lawmen and women before, but as the first of several articles highlighting the contributions of African-Americans to our country’s law enforcement and judicial systems, today we wanted to introduce you to an impressive...
In 2018 the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commemoration placed 13 statues around the city of Rochester, NY to commemorate Frederick Douglass's 200th birthday. On the anniversary of one of his famous speeches, one of those 13 statues was torn down. On July 16,...

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