This is Fritz Pollard. He was Brown University's first Black football player and led the team to the 1916 Rose Bowl. He later became the first African American head coach in the NFL. Read more about him and other Black Americans who changed history:
Gil Scott-Heron was a New York City poet, activist, musician, social critic and spoken-word performer whose songs in the ‘70s helped lay the foundation for rap music. Read more about him and other Black Americans who changed history:
Today we’re highlighting Frederick McKinley Jones, who pioneered the modern refrigeration system. Jones earned over 60 patents, including one for a portable X-ray machine. Read more about him and other Black Americans who changed history:
This is Max Robinson, a trailblazer in broadcasting and journalism. He became the first Black person to anchor the nightly network news in 1978. Read more about him and other courageous Black Americans who changed history:
Pastor and professor Howard Thurman wrote the groundbreaking book “Jesus and the Disinherited,” which had a profound influence on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s faith and activism. Read more about him and other Black Americans who changed history:
More Americans have died of COVID-19 than there are residents in St. Louis, Missouri–the city that just helped elect @RepCori , the first Black woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri. Read more:
This is Dorothy Height. She fought battles against both sexism and racism to become, as President Obama called her, the “godmother” of the civil rights movement. Read more about her and other courageous Black Americans who changed history:
#BREAKING : President Obama slams Jared Kushner comments on Black Americans' desire for success: "His son-in-law says Black folks have to want to be successful. That's the problem. Who are these folks? What history books do they read? Who do they talk to?"
Five young descendants of Frederick Douglass read and respond to excerpts of his famous speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" — which asks all of us to consider America's long history of denying equal rights to Black Americans.
I don’t know how anyone can read stories and see videos of unarmed black Americans being killed by police and not realize something is radically wrong in this country. We need to stop this epidemic of deadly force against black Americans.