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101 Little Known Black History Facts

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Black History Facts You Might Not Know

As we continue in our celebration of Black History Month, I wanted to share my list of ‘101 Little Known Black History Facts’ with you.

The history of Black people is intertwined into the fabric of these United States and the world. Our indelible imprint on the times and events spanning from 1619 to the present is undeniable.

Many of these people, their contributions and the events surrounding their lives is untold in classrooms or buried in most history books.

However, the information is there, you only have to want to find it. This is our greatest challenge, the will to want to know.

List of Little Known Black History Facts…

101. In 1770, Crispus Attucks, whose father was African and mother was a Nantucket Indian, became the first casualty of the American Revolution when he was shot and killed in what became known as the Boston Massacre.

100. The largest woman’s organization happens to be the National Council of Negro Women.

99. Alexander Lucius Twilight was the first African American to receive a college degree. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in 1823

98. Elbert Frank Cox became the first Black to hold a doctorate degree in mathematics which he received from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY in 1925.

97. William Sanders Scarborough (1852 – 1926) was the first black member of the venerable Modern Language Association. Scarborough, who was president of Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio, was born into slavery and secretly taught himself to read and write. When he mastered those skills, he went on to learn Greek and Latin.

96. W.E.B. Du Bois became the first African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard. He is perhaps best known for his work in founding the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1909 and helping it to become the country’s single most influential organization for African Americans.

95. Ernest Everett Just prepared for college at Kimball Hall Academy, New Hampshire, where he completed the four – year course of study in only three years. In the graduating Dartmouth College class of 1907, Ernest Just was the only person to be graduated magna cum laude.

94. In1634, French Catholics provided education for all laborers regardless of race in Louisiana, despite the belief and laws that Blacks should not be educated.

93. Louis Latimer was the only African American engineer/scientist member of the elite Edison Pioneers research and development organization. Until Latimer’s process for making carbon filament, Edison’s light bulbs would burn only for a few minutes. Latimer’s filament burned for hours.

92. Not only did George Washington Carver research 300 products made from peanuts and 118 products from the sweet potato, but 75 from the pecan as well.

91. An inventor as well as physicist, Dr. George Carruthers was instrumental in the design of lunar surface ultraviolet cameras. He was also Head of the Ultraviolet Measurements Branch of the Naval Research Laboratory.

90. A tailor in New York City, Thomas L. Jennings is credited with being the first African America an to hold a U.S. patent. The patent, which was issued in 1821, was for a dry cleaning process

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    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about black history fact.


    I’ve learn that to speak of Black History is traditional,but to actullay encounter a lot of the things that they went through not only teaches me that regardless what life throws at you how to overcome it!Life has it’s up and down,but to learn from it is more important. Black History teaches me that they went a lot,what’s worst is to live around other people that love to take you through so much more.

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