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Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro
  • 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.
  • ’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.
  • 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.
  • Cory Booker and the First Black Senators
    The senators in power after the Civil War had to settle a fundamental question when it came to seating Hiram R. Revels, the first black senator-elect, in 1870: Was it too soon, according to the Constitution, for any black man to be legally entitled to serve?
  • 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.
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