Black People : OurHistory Month Thread - 2018


Read the Letter a Black Civil War Soldier Wrote Asking Abraham Lincoln for Equal Pay

Lily Rothman


Countless stories are contained within the theme chosen for 2018’s Black History Month observance, “African Americans in Times of War.”
On Sept. 28, 1863, from Morris Island, S.C., Corporal Gooding wrote a letter to President Abraham Lincoln, the original of which is held in the National Archives ...


“We have done a Soldiers Duty,” he stated. “Why cant we have a Soldiers pay?”

Malcolm X: From Nation of Islam to Black Power Movement
Civil rights leader Malcolm X was assassinated in New York on February 21, 1965. This is his story


Described as one of the greatest African American leaders and hailed as the person who laid the foundations of the Black Power movement, Malcolm X would have been 93 today.

The civil rights leader was assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City on Sunday, February 21, 1965, just three months before he turned 40.


Gordon Parks' cinematic photos captured the injustices of the civil rights era

Written by Allyssia Alleyne, CNN

... He photographed fashion for Vogue, directed the 1971 blaxploitation film "Shaft," composed orchestral scores, and wrote memoirs, novels and poems. But it was with his sensitive, insightful documentary photos of black America that Gordon Parks made himself one of the 20th century's most important cultural figures.

"Doll Test, Harlem, New York" (1947) Credit: Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery



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