Stokely Carmichael, A Philosopher Behind The Black Power Movement. Read this Karen Grigsby Bates article, or listen to the audio story...
These 4 U.S. Postal Service stamps saluting Black History and Jazz are based on the photographs of William P. Gottlieb: Billie Holiday, Jimmy Rushing, Mildred Bailey, and Charlie Parker.
Jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie checks out fellow legend Ella Fitzgerald in 1947.
Garrett Morgan invented the gas mask in 1912, (U.S. patent 1,113,675 issued in 1914). His mask was used during World War I to protect soldiers from chlorine gas fumes. Morgan lived in Cleveland, Ohio when he was granted U.S. patent # 1,475,024 on November 20, 1923 for the three-way traffic signal. He patented a three-armed signal mounted on a T-shaped pole that indicated "stop" and "go" for traffic in two directions. Morgan also had another signal for stopping traffic in all directions before the stop and go signals changed. This is similar to today's yellow light. General Electric bought Morgan's patent for $40,000, and his traffic management device was used throughout North America until it was replaced by the red, yellow and green-light traffic signals currently used around the world. Discover more about other African American inventors.
In early 2009, we received a request from a BlackHistoryPeople.com website user in California for a video about black history that he could present at a Black History Month event. We didn't have one, so I created, produced and narrated a 13 minute project that we eventually offered to everyone as a DVD. Here is 2009's Black History Salute Video
In January, 2010, the 40th anniversary edition of Shirley Chisholm's autobiography, Unbought and Unbossed was published. Here's more about Shirley Chisholm. In Unbought and Unbossed Shirley chronicles how she became America's first African American Congresswoman rising from humble beginnings to the national U.S. stage.