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Tonight, Richmond will wrap up a week of events remembering the Richmond 34. The group of Virginia Union University students staged a sit-in at the Thalhimer's lunch counter 50 years ago. The week culminates with Grammy-winning singer John Legend.More >> They took a stand by "sitting- in" and changed the lives of millions. After their release, the so called "Richmond 34" went back to college, graduated and got on with their lives.More >> February 1, 1960 -- four college students sit down at the lunch counter at a Greensboro, N.C., department store -- and within days ignite a struggle. A student led, civil right's movement that would sweep the south.More >> An historic marker will be dedicated for the VUU students' lunch counter sit-in.More >> Fifty years ago next week, a group of black college students in Richmond took a stand...by sitting down and making history in Richmond.More >> Here are some interesting statistics about African Americans.
Here are some interesting statistics about African Americans.
Almost since its inception in 1925, Black History Month has served the broad purpose of educating all Americans about the roles African-Americans have played in the history of the U.S.More >> A surprisingly large number of "B" sides on old 45s of gospel songs deal with civil rights, despite the fact that the musicians' involvement might have been risky for them.More >> In 1926, Carter G. Woodson, the son of slaves, established Negro History Week to promote the teaching of African-American history to blacks and whites alike.More >> Although intended for students and teachers, this list also includes some suggestions for parents and other adults who want to learn more about the subject.More >> Bessie Coleman was born into poverty and picked cotton to help support her family. As WWI ended, her dream was to fly, but every flying school turned her down because of her gender and race.More >> African-Americans have contributed to American society in every walk of life, and one purpose of Black History Month is to call attention to some of those who may have escaped notice. Here are 10 brief biographies from the Profile America series produced by the U.S. Census Bureau.More >> Zora Neale Hurston was one of the great talents of the Harlem Renaissance - but had to work as a manicurist to support herself.More >> A century ago, bread bought at stores was hand-made, a time intensive process. That changed when a baker from Boston, Joseph Lee, invented the automatic bread-making machine.More >> Thousands of Americans owe their lives to the inventions of Garrett Morgan. The son of former slaves, Morgan invented the gas mask.More >> When William Grant Still mounted the podium and began conducting the L.A. Philharmonic in 1936, it marked the first time that an African-American had led a major symphonic orchestra.More >> Sarah Breedlove Walker was born the daughter of former slaves and orphaned at the age of seven. She went on to become America's first African-American woman millionaire business-owner.More >> Seventy years before Rosa Parks sparked the civil rights movement by refusing to move to the back of a bus, there was Ida B. Wells.More >> On a hot summer night in Chicago, in 1893, a deliveryman was rushed to the emergency room of Provident Hospital. He had been stabbed in the heart in a barroom brawl.More >> Paul Williams was orphaned at the age of 4 and no one paid much attention to the child's artistic talent. But he earned his engineering degree and went on to become one of the nation's premier architects.More >> The National Park Service maintains a number of historic sites associated with black history. Ten of those sites are featured here, each with a link to visitors information from the park service.More >> Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site commemorates the Supreme Court's landmark decision to end segregation in the country's public schools.More >> The Black Heritage Trail on Boston's Beacon Hill pieces together the story of the free African American community that lived here during the decades leading up to and during the Civil War.More >> Fort Davis is important in understanding the presence of African Americans in the West and in the frontier military because the 24th and 25th U.S.More >> Frederick Douglass was born into slavery on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1818, and was given the name Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey (Baly), after his mother Harriet Bailey.More >> On October 16, 17, and 18, 1859, John Brown and his "Provisional Army of the United States" took possession of the United States Armory and Arsenal at Harpers Ferry.More >> Jazz, much of it created and played by black musicians, is an important part of African-American cultural history as well as the social history of New Orleans.More >> The national memorial at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine recalls the largest homeland disaster of World War II and helps tell the story of the segregated military that fought that war.More >> The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail was established by Congress in 1996, to commemorate the events, people, and route of the 1965 Voting Rights March in Alabama.More >> In spite of adversity and limited opportunities, African Americans have played a significant role in U.S. military history over the past 300 years.More >>
1865: President Lincoln Signs 13th AmendmentMore >> 1897: Black Inventor Patents Ice Cream ScoopMore >> 1870: 15th Amendment Guarantees the Right to VoteMore >> 1913: Rosa Parks is Born in AlabamaMore >> 1958: Clifton Wharton Sr. Named Minister to RomaniaMore >>