The Daredevil Dumas
The name of Alexandre Dumas is often championed among the most accomplished persons of African heritage.
Jamaican-American historian Joel Augustus Rogers listed him in the second volume of his World's Greatest Men of Color, published in 1947.
With 'a multitude of talents in a single body,' Rogers referred to Dumas as 'the greatest, the most prolific, the most jovial writer the world has ever known.' But he was not alone.
Besides Dumas, Rogers profiles two other figures of great renown: his father and his son.
Altogether, these were the three musketeers.
Malcolm X holds up money collected at a “Freedom Rally” June 25, 1961 sponsored by the Nation of Islam at Washington, D.C.’s Uline Arena at the 1100 block of 3rd Street NE
Photo by Richard Saunders/Getty Images
Malcolm X on the Power of Black Collectivism
The following is an excerpt from El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X)’s speech “The Ballot or The Bullet” delivered on April 12, 1964 at King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan.
In this speech, the minister and human rights activist submits a charge to the ‘Black’ people of the United States of America with his blueprint on their future political and economic survival. While his lecture on Black Nationalism is most relevant to the time he spoke these words, much of his theory on how to achieve and maintain a successful community remains applicable in a 21st century world that is still not conducive to 'Black’ collective progress.
Contemporary postcard of the “Amazons of Dahomey”
(Source: Köln Postkolonial - Postcolonial Cologne)
You may have seen images of African women in memes claiming "these are the Amazons of Dahomey..."
You may have seen them and thought..."What a powerful representation of the strength of Black women everywhere. What a resilient people we are." But what if I told you that the photos you are looking at are fakes? And that each one is a distortion of the truth?
The Miseducation of the AFrican Negro
Queen Elizabeth II, the "Queen Mother of Rhodesia", inspects the Guard of Honor provided by the Kings African Rifles at Matopos in Southern Rhodesia, 1957
(Credit: Steve Bennett)
This is a photo of one of the native police forces employed by the European colonial powers in Africa.
Without these men, it would not have been possible for them to control the land and resources of the continent during the colonial era.
The Women Who Said No.
While we commemorate the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the legacy of Rosa Parks, we cannot forget the sacrifices of the many thousands of Black Americans who walked the extra mile to secure the freedoms that we enjoy today.
Among them were names as much deserving of recognition as Rosa Parks, but names we may never find in a textbook on American history.
Meet the Black women who said "No."
The Boston Riot of 1903
Part I: False Greatness
Part II: Cast Down Your Soul
Part III: The Carternick Compromise
Man vs. Nature
Booker T. Washington vs. W. E. B. Du Bois
Jay-Z vs. Colin Kapernick
I. False Greatness
MYLo, forbear to call him bless'd
That only boasts a large estate,
Should all the treasures of the west
Meet, and conspire to make him great:
I know thy better thoughts, I know
Thy reason can't descend so low:
Let a broad stream, with golden sands,
Through all his meadows roll,
He's but a wretch, with all his lands,
That wears a narrow soul.
The Real Harriet
Who Was Harriet Tubman?
20 Localities (Villages/Towns/Cities/Districts) in Europe That Still Use a Moor as the Official Seal
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20 Localities in Europe That Use a Moor as the Official Emblem
It is the official anthem for the South German state of Bavaria, Bayernhymne ("Hymn of Bavaria").
Black Research Central
When Negritude Meets Pettitude.