Little Known Black History Fact

Harold “Buddy” Hudson was the first black basketball player at the University of Oklahoma. Johnson passed away last week at age 75. Hudson transferred to…

Edisto Island in South Carolina is home to two of the nation’s oldest slave cabins. Cabins found on the island date back to the 1850’s.…

The Cemetery on Red Bank Avenue in Woodsbury, New Jersey was founded in 1832. The land was the final resting place for 47 blacks before…

John Blanke, a Black trumpeter, was a regular musician at the courts of both Henry VII and Henry VIII. His name was found in the…

At 33RD street and Wabash Avenue in Chicago lived the first black amusement park called Joyland. Joyland Park was established in 1923 by W.C.S. &…

Benjamin Holmes was a slave and a tailor’s apprentice born around 1846. Throughout his life, he would serve many different owners. The South Carolina native…

In the midst of the 50th anniversary of the Birmingham civil rights movement comes an honor for the four little victims that died in 1963.…

Claretta Simpson was born in 1901 in Smedes, Miss.  Her tireless work in civil rights with Dr. TRM Howard (a former professor of Dr. Martin…

John William Boone was born on a federal camp in Miami, Missouri to Rachel Boone Hendricks, a runaway slave, who was owned by descendants of…

Laura Ann Cansler was the first black teacher in Knoxville, Tennessee. The North Carolina native moved to Knoxville during the Civil War. Her sibling, William…

In 1987, Alice Harden became the first black woman in the Mississippi state Senate. One year later, she was elected to the DNC. Harden represented…