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Meet BlackFacts.com, the Internet's longest running Black History Encyclopedia - Delivering Black History, Culture, Vides and News to our followers. This podcast series provides your daily Black Facts Of The Day™. In addition there will be occasion bonus episodes focused on diversity or other key topics of interest to our BlackFacts audience Learn black history, Teach black history - https://blackfacts.com
 
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BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for July 5. Frederick Douglass gave his speech "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?". He was an African American abolitionist, orator, newspaper publisher, and author. He became the first Black U.S. marshal. Douglass was born into slavery on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Talbot Cou…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for July 4. Marian Anderson and Ralph Bunche receive the first Medals of Freedom. She was an American singer, and an important figure in the struggle for African-American artists to overcome racial prejudice. Bunche was an American political scientist, diplomat, member of the United Nations for more…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for July 3. Jackie Robinson becomes the first African American to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was an American professional baseball player who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the modern era. After demonstrating exceptional athletic abili…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for July 2. Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. In the landmark 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation in schools was unconstitutional. The 10 years that followed saw great strides for the African American civil rights movement, as non-vio…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for July 1st. Roland Hayes named soloist with Boston Symphony Orchestra. He was the first African American singer to achieve success on the classical concert stage. Hayes was born in Curryville, Georgia, to Fanny and William Hayes, who were former slaves. He wanted an education, but he had to drop o…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 30. Lena Horne was born. She was an African-American dancer, actress, Grammy-winning singer, and civil rights activist. Horne left school at age 16 to help support her ailing mother and became a dancer at the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York City. She was discovered by producer John Hammond,…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 29. NAACP chairman S.G. Spottswood criticize Nixon's administration. Stephen Gill Spottswood was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He went on to Albright College, earning a B.A. in history in 1917; Gordon Divinity School; and Yale Divinity School, where he earned his doctorate. He joined the N…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 28. The U.S. Supreme Court invalidated the use of racial quotas for university applications. The medical school at the University of California, as part of the university’s affirmative action program, had reserved 16 percent of its admission places for minority applicants. Allan Bakke, a wh…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 27. Frederick Jones invents the ticket dispensing machine. He was an U.S. inventor credited with more than 60 patents. After a challenging childhood, Jones taught himself mechanical and electrical engineering, inventing a range of devices relating to refrigeration, sound, and automobiles. I…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 26. Sit-in demonstrations and passive resistance began in Cairo, Illinois. Despite Illinois’s relatively liberal reputation, Cairo, a small city far south from Chicago, was thoroughly segregated and violently racist. Local youths formed the Cairo Nonviolent Freedom Committee (CNVFC) and inv…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 25. Sonia Sotomayor was born. She is an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, the first woman of color, first Hispanic, and first Latina member of the Court. Sotomayor was raised in a housing project in the Bronx. After the death of her father, her mother worked long …
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 24. John R. Lynch became first African-American to preside over deliberations of a national political party. Born into slavery in Louisiana, he became free in 1863 under the Emancipation Proclamation. He became active in the Republican Party by the age of 20. Although too young to participa…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 23. Wilma Rudolph was born. She was an American sprinter, the first American woman to win three track-and-field gold medals in a single Olympics. Physically disabled for much of her early life, Rudolph wore a leg brace until she was twelve years old. Because there was little medical care av…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 22. Arthur Ashe leads UCLA to the NCAA tennis championship. Ashe was coached and mentored by Robert Walter Johnson at his tennis summer-camp home in Lynchburg, Virginia. Johnson helped fine-tune Ashe's game and taught him the importance of racial socialization through sportsmanship, etiquet…
 
JUNETEENTH - A Celebration of Freedom. Juneteenth (a portmanteau of June and nineteenth) is also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day. It is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. It is now celebrated annually on the 19th of June throughout the United States. HI…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 21. Painter Henry Ossawa Tanner was born. He was an American artist and the first African-American painter to gain international acclaim. After a childhood spent largely in Philadelphia, Tanner began an art career in earnest in 1876,painting harbour scenes, landscapes, and animals from the …
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 20. Harry Belafonte became the first African American to win an Emmy award. As one of the most successful African-American pop stars in history, he was dubbed the “King of Calypso” for popularizing the Caribbean musical style with an international audience in the 1950s. He was an early supp…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 19. Solidarity Day March In November 1967 civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., and the staff of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) met and decided to launch a Poor People’s Campaign to highlight and find solutions to many of the problems facing the country’s poor. T…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 18. W.H. Richardson patents Baby Buggy. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and he made a huge improvement to the baby carriage. Richardson decided to create a stroller to be shaped more like a symmetrical basket, rather than a shell, as it was back then. This new design made it easier for …
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 17. Tuskegee Boycott began. The issue of the boycott was segregation and voting rights. The voting districts for the city of Tuskegee were changed dramatically to prevent black citizens from electing local officials. The Tuskegee Civic Association (TCA), a predominantly black organization w…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 16. Kenneth A. Gibson became the first African American mayor of Newark. He entered politics in the 1960s, during the Civil Rights Movement, by joining the National Urban League, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the Congress of Racial Equality (COR…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 15. Henry Ossian Flipper became the first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He was born into slavery in Thomasville, Georgia, the eldest of five brothers. His mother, Isabelle Flipper, and his father, Festus Flipper, a shoemaker, and carriag…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 14. William H. Gray was elected Democratic Whip of the House of Representatives. He graduated from Simon Gratz High School in 1959 and enrolled in Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, majoring in sociology. In 1972, Gray succeeded his father as the senior minister at Br…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 13. Thurgood Marshall named the first African-American Court's justice. After being rejected by the University of Maryland Law School because he was not white, Marshall attended Howard University Law School; he received his degree in 1933, ranking first in his class. He established a privat…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 12. Michael Jordan leads Chicago to 1st NBA Title. The Chicago Bulls defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 108-101 at the Great Western Forum to capture the NBA Finals in five games. It was the Bulls’ first-ever NBA title in their 25th anniversary season in the league. Jordan scored 30 points and…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 11. Kennedy's Report to the American People on Civil Rights. It was a speech on civil rights, delivered on radio and television by President John F. Kennedy from the Oval Office in which he proposed legislation that would later become the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Kennedy was initially caut…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 10. Howlin' Wolf was born. Born as Chester Arthur Burnett, he was an American blues singer and composer who was one of the principal exponents of the urban blues style of Chicago. He was brought up on a cotton plantation, and the music he heard was the traditional tunes of the region. He st…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 9. Oliver W. Hill became the 1st Black person elected to the city council in Richmond, Virginia. He was a prominent civil rights attorney. His work against racial discrimination helped end the doctrine of "separate but equal." Hill first practiced law in Roanoke, Virginia, before settling i…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 8. James Earl Ray, the suspect in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, was captured. On April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Martin Luther King Jr, was fatally wounded by a sniper’s bullet while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Motel Lorraine. During the next several w…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 7. Nikki Giovanni was born. She is an American poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Giovanni grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Knoxville, Tennessee, and in 1960 she entered Nashville’s Fisk University. By 1967, when she received a B.A., she was firmly committed to the civil rig…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 6. Marian Wright Edelman was born. She is an American attorney and civil rights activist who founded the Children’s Defense Fund in 1973. After work registering African American voters in Mississippi, she moved to New York City as a staff attorney for the Legal Defense and Educational Fund …
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 5. American Negro Theater was formed. It was an African American theatre company that was active in the Harlem district of New York City from 1940 to 1951. It provided professional training and critical exposure to African American actors, actresses, and playwrights by creating and producin…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 4. Angela Davis was acquitted by a white jury. She is an American political activist, philosopher, academic, and author of over ten books on class, feminism, race, and the US prison system. Born to an African-American family in Birmingham, Alabama, Davis studied French at Brandeis Universit…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 3. Physician Charles Drew was born. He was an African American physician and surgeon who was an authority on the preservation of human blood for transfusion. Drew was educated at Amherst College, McGill University, Montreal, and Columbia University. While earning his doctorate at Columbia i…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 2. James Augustine Healy became the first Black Roman Catholic Bishop in USA. Healy was one of 10 children born on a Georgia cotton plantation to an Irish immigrant and his common-law wife, a mixed-race slave. Because Healy and his siblings were legally considered illegitimate and slaves, t…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for June 1st. White House Conference on Civil Rights The aim of the conference was built on the momentum of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in addressing discrimination against African Americans. The four areas of discussion were housing, economic security, education, …
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for May 31. Jesse Dwight Locker was born. He was an attorney, politician and, the second black American appointed as ambassador. Locker graduated valedictorian of his class at College Hill High School and graduated from Howard University with a law degree in 1945. He led the North Ward Progressive R…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for May 30. Countee Cullen was born. He was an American poet, one of the finest of the Harlem Renaissance. He won a citywide poetry contest as a schoolboy and saw his winning stanzas widely reprinted. At New York University he won the Witter Bynner Poetry Prize and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Maj…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for May 29. Thomas Bradley was elected the first African-American mayor of Los Angeles. The son of sharecroppers and the grandson of slaves, Bradley grew up in poverty. When he was seven years old, his parents moved to Los Angeles. He was attending Southwestern University Law School while a police o…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for May 28. Gladys Knight was born. She is an American singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman, and author. Knight is known for the hits she recorded during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s with her group Gladys Knight & the Pips. Throughout the late 1940s and early 1950s, she would sing in the church…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for May 27. Ernest Green Graduates from Little Rock. He was the first African-American to graduate from Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1958. As a child, Green participated in church activities and was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, eventually earning the rank of …
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for May 26. Miles Davis was born. He was an American jazz musician, a trumpeter who as a bandleader and composer was one of the major influences on art from the late 1940s. Davis grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois, where his father was a prosperous dental surgeon, and began studying trumpet in his …
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for May 25. 30 million people worldwide joined "Race against time" to raise money for starving in Africa. The event was organized by chairman and founder Chris Long, Bob Geldof (Band Aid and Live Aid) and John Anderson (Head of Global Special Events, UNICEF). A central event was the lighting of a sy…
 
Patti LaBelle was born. She is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. LaBelle began her career in the early 1960s as lead singer and front woman of the vocal group, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. Following the group's name change to Labelle in the 1970s, they released the iconic disco song "Lady Marmalade". The band later be…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for May 23. Shuffle Along, the 1st black hit musical, opened at the 63rd St. Music Hall in New York City. The show was developed by black comedians Flournoy Miller and Aubrey Lyles and featured music by Eubie Blake and lyrics by Noble Sissle. Based loosely on Miller and Lyles’ vaudeville act “The Ma…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for May 22. Benjamin O. Davis Jr. became the first black Brigadier general in the United States Air Force. Davis studied at the University of Chicago before entering the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1932. Upon his graduation, he was swiftly promoted to lieutenant colone…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for May 21. Lowell Perry was confirmed as chairman of the Equal Opportunity Commission. He was an American football player and coach, government official, businessman, and broadcaster. Perry was the first African-American assistant coach in the National Football League (NFL), the first African Ameri…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for May 20. Emancipation in the State of Florida was proclaimed. On May 20, 1865, Union Brigadier Gen. Edward McCook formally announced President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation from the steps of the Knott House in Tallahassee. President Abraham Lincoln signed this proclamation on Januar…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for May 19. Malcolm X was born. He was an African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist who was a popular figure during the civil rights movement, and best known for his time spent as a vocal spokesman for the Nation of Islam. Malcolm's father, Earl Little, was a leader in an African-Am…
 
BlackFacts.com presents the black fact of the day for May 18. Anna Julia Cooper delivered an address at the World’s Congress of Representative Women. She was an American educator and writer whose book "A Voice From the South by a Black Woman of the South" (1892) became a classic African American feminist text. Born into slavery in 1858, Cooper went…
 
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