Day 27- How Do We Explain This Kind of Cruelty?

**WARNING** This post contains graphic details. It’s a story that will once again bring up the dark side of American History and the horribly gruesome slaughter of a (9 months) pregnant, married and mother of two woman named Mary Turner. Here is how it all began… From May 17 through May 22, 1918, two counties …

Day 25- Seneca Village Was Destroyed to Make Way for the Wealthy’s Nice Playground

In the mid 19th century, New York decided a park was needed to appease the needs of a largely affluent group of people that were in need of a “fashionable and safe public place” for their families.  So in 1855, the city chose Seneca Village, a stretch of land along the Hudson River located between 82nd …

Day 23 – Tracy Norman, First Black Transgender Model

Today’s black history post has to do with a different kind of “passing”. Welcome to Day 23! Born a male in the 50’s, transitioned into a woman during the 70’s, and became a successful model until being outed during a photo shoot in 1980, bringing her career to a halt.  Tracy Gayle Norman was born a …

Day 13 – Too Black, Too Strong and Most Often, Misunderstood – The Black Panther Party

What comes to mind when you hear about the Black Panthers? Do you envision Afros, all black, leather jackets and berets, gangsters, intimidation, black power, radicalism, rifle toting men and women, violence, extremist, OR or do you think about what the intended mission was for this revolutionary party and consider why the government was determined …

Day 11 – Augustus Washington, Black Daguerreotypist

Day 11 – Meet Augustus Washington, one of America’s first black photographers and Daguerreotypist. Augsutus Washington was born in 1820 in Trenton, New Jersey in 1820 to a Black father and Asian mother.  As a young man, he wanted to attend college but lacked the financial resources and decided to try his hand at the …

Day 8 – Seven Years a Slave (Hiding Under a Porch)

Before Anita Hill, Carmita Woods,  Mechelle Vinson or other women part of the #METOO movement sharing their experiences of  sexual harassment,  there was former slave, abolitionist and author Harriet Jacobs. Welcome to Day 8! Harriet Ann Jacobs was the first woman to author a slave narrative called Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.  Written by …