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Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro
  • Did MLK Improvise in the ‘Dream’ Speech?
    What laid the groundwork for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous speech at the March on Washington, and what are common misperceptions about its intent?
  • ’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.
  • What Was Black America’s Double War?
    The Double V Campaign demanded an end to segregation in the Armed Forces during World War II
  • 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.
  • Who Led the First Back-to-Africa Effort?
    Paul Cuffee, perhaps the wealthiest black American of his time, led a Back-to-Africa effort in the early 1800s.
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