The 10 Most Significant Events

Motown: The Soundtrack of a Generation

January 29, 2009

Berry Gordy founded and presided over the musical empire known as Motown. Gordy endeavored to reach across the racial divide with music that could touch all people. Under his tutelage, Motown became a model of black economic self-determination, black pride and black self-expression. Motown was a repository for some of the greatest talent ever...
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Black Scientist: Grace Under Pressure, Creativity in The Face of Adversity:

January 29, 2009

The contributions of blacks in the field of science have been a missing chapter in the narrative of America’s scientific and technological advancement.  From the beginning, African Americans were part of America’s scientific endeavors: Benjamin Banneker produced the blueprint for Washington DC; Norbert Rillieau, chemical engineer, revolutionized the sugar industry by building a refining...
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Black Electoral Politics: Setting the Moral and Progressive Agenda

January 29, 2009

The decades of the 1970s and 1980s witness sweeping and significant changes in the American political landscape brought about through and by the 1960s Movement.  In 1972, blacks debated the idea of forming an independent black political party that would fight for and represent the interest of African American people.  Although this party was...
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1960s Civil Rights Movement: We Shall Overcome

January 29, 2009

The 1960s civil rights movement was more than a social cause-it was a continuation of the American Revolution, advanced by ordinary black men, women and children, many of who risked or gave their lives so that others might live with dignity and freedom.  In the face violence and terrorism, African Americans developed new forms...
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Harlem Renaissance Movement (1920s): A Measure of a People’s Greatness

January 29, 2009

In the 1920s, Harlem Renaissance Movement, expressed in the artistic flowering of artistic creation – literature, music, poetry, painting, and dance –made an indelibly mark on American popular culture. This is the decade in which African Americans came of age. The artists who contributed to this renaissance were informed, instructed and inspired by the...
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The Souls of Black Folk: On the Meaning of Being Black in America

January 29, 2009

At the dawn of the 20th century WEB DuBois set forth to explain to the world the meaning and significance of being black in a white world.  DuBois accomplished this in his masterpiece, “Souls of Black Folk.”  DuBois was clear on the focus and purpose of his masterpiece writing: “Herein lie buried many things...
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Marcus Garvey Movement: Up You Mighty Race

January 29, 2009

Marcus Garvey led the first mass black movement of the twentieth century.  The Garvey movement called upon Africans everywhere to work reclaim Africa, struggle to reclaim their better selves, and strive to restore their history and humanity. Marcus Garvey believed in the primacy of race as the starting point for the liberation of all...
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March on Washington: Martin Luther King’s Dream

January 29, 2009

The March on Washington was an event bigger than life. The March united the American political establishment and citizenry behind the demands and goals of the civil rights movement. The brainchild of Asa Philip Randolph, the March on Washington mobilized over 250,000 people.  Ordinary people joined a host of national figures and celebrities, who...
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The 1954 Brown Decision: Ending Legal Segregation

January 29, 2009

May 17, 1954, marks the day of the landmark decision by United States Supreme Court on Brown v. Board of Education. On this day, the Supreme Court, in the case of Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, ended federally sanctioned racial segregation in pubic schools by ruling unanimously that “separate educational facilities...
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Yes We Can: The Election of Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States

January 29, 2009

The election of Barack Obama is a watershed event in African American and American history. President Obama was the beneficiary 1960’s Movement which opened up the American society to people of color and women and a brilliant organizational strategy which tapped into the aspirations of the American people. In the truest sense, President Barack...
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