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Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro
  • Who Designed the March on Washington?
    Bayard Rustin, the gay civil rights leader who was kept in the shadows by the Civil Rights movement establishment.
  • Who Were the Harlem Hellfighters?
    These black soldiers returning from World War I received a hero’s welcome, by blacks and whites alike, in New York City.
  • ‘Plessy v. Ferguson’: Who Was Plessy?
    Who was the Plessy in the Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court case that established the separate-but-equal policy for separating the races?
  • The Black Governor Who Was Almost a Senator
    Why didn't more than one black person serve in the Senate during the Reconstruction era -- a condition that persisted until this year?
  • ’12 Years a Slave’: Trek From Slave to Screen
    As a literary scholar and cultural historian who has spent a lifetime searching out African Americans' lost, forgotten and otherwise unheralded tales, I was honored to serve as a historical consultant on Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave," most certainly one of the most vivid and authentic portrayals of slavery ever captured in a feature film.
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