Black History

Articles on the principle people and events in American Black History


Who Founded the NAACP?

On February 12, 1909, a diverse group of people, whites, blacks and Jews founded the NAACP. Many founders were also part of the Niagra Movement. The goal of the group was to fight for civil rights in the U.S., and many claim that the 1908 Race Riot in Springfield,...

Who Were the Freedom Riders?

The Freedom Riders originally consisted of a group of 13 activists who fought for civil rights and against the segregation in interstate bus terminals in the American South. The Congress of Racial Equality originally recruited the group of Freedom Riders and they...

What Did Rosa Parks Do?

The answer is not so much about what Rosa Parks did – it was what she didn’t do that set a series of events in motion which finally led to the end of segregation on all busses in Alabama. Rosa Parks’ Arrest Rosa Parks got arrested on a...

What is the NAACP?

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is the largest, oldest and most well-known civil rights group. It was founded in February 1909 and now has over half a million members. The principal goal of the NAACP is to ensure social, economic and...

Black Peoples of America – Bibliography

Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation -Brycchan Carey Middle Passage – Dr Henrick Clarke Olaudah Equiano – Brycchan Carey Plantations – Thomas Jefferson Foundation Images – Library of Congress Jim Crow – Jim Crow...
Black Peoples of America – Segregation – The Jim Crow Laws

Black Peoples of America – Segregation – The Jim Crow Laws

Jim Crow was a character in an old song who was revived by a white comedian called Daddy Rice. Rice used the character to make fun of black people and the way that they spoke. The term Jim Crow came to be used as an insult against black people. In a bid to stop black...

Black Peoples of America – Civil Rights

Black Americans had to ‘fight’ for their right to equality. In the 1950s a Baptist preacher named Martin Luther King became the leader of the Civil Rights Movement. He believed that peaceful protest was the way forward.   Some of the protests of the...

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Black Peoples of America – The Ku Klux Klan

Black Peoples of America – The Ku Klux Klan

At the end of the American Civil War, slavery was abolished. Legally the former slaves were free and equal to white people. The reality was far different. The Ku Klux Klan was a white underground terrorist group. They would not accept black people as equals. Members...
Black Peoples of America – Segregation – The Jim Crow Laws

Black Peoples of America – Segregation – The Jim Crow Laws

Jim Crow was a character in an old song who was revived by a white comedian called Daddy Rice. Rice used the character to make fun of black people and the way that they spoke. The term Jim Crow came to be used as an insult against black people.  In a bid to stop...

Black Peoples of America – Sharecropping

The Civil War ended in December 1865 and the slaves were free. They hoped to be treated as equal citizens, being able to vote, gain an education and live peaceably and equally with the whites. The former slaves hoped that the plantations would be divided among them so...
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