“The thing to be done was clear: to train selected Negro youth who should go out and teach and lead their people first by example, by getting land and homes; to give them not a dollar that they could earn for themselves; to teach respect for labor, to replace stupid drudgery with skilled hands, and in this way to build up an industrial system for the sake not only of self-support and intelligent labor, but also for the sake of character.”
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University was founded as the State Normal College for Colored Students, and on October 3, 1887, it began classes with fifteen students and two instructors. Today, FAMU, as it has become affectionately known, is the premiere school among historically black colleges and universities.
In November 1866, shortly after the end of the Civil War, members of the First Congregational Society of Washington considered establishing a theological seminary for the education of African-American clergymen. The new institution was named for General Oliver O. Howard, a Civil War hero who was both a founder of the University and, at the same time, commissioner of the Freedman’s Bureau.
I am Marcus Garvey. I united 4 million African Americans in 1920, created the Red, Black, and Green flag, published an multinational newspaper, launched an international shipping company, and inspired generations of civil rights leaders.
For almost three decades beginning in 1936, many African-American travelers relied on a booklet to help them decide where they could comfortably eat, sleep, buy gas, find a tailor or beauty parlor, shop on a honeymoon to Niagara Falls, or go out at night.
The Louisiana Office of Tourism recently launched a new iPhone app that will take visitors to African American museums, heritage sites, institutions and cultural attractions in all corners of Louisiana.
A group of Temple University archaeology students and volunteers is currently excavating what may be one of the most important African American historical sites in New Jersey.
Researchers recently compiled the complete genetic instruction books for two people of mixed ethnic ancestry — a Mexican-American and an African-American.