Isabella Baumfree was born into slavery in late 18th century New York. Fleeing bondage, she renamed herself Sojourner Truth and became known as an electrifying orator and her speeches argued for abolition and women's rights.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project is a major research effort to assemble and disseminate historical information concerning Martin Luther King, Jr. and the social movements in which he participated
Most known for his nonviolent philosophy and peaceful protest approach, students are often introduced to King in these bite-sized moments. When we only learn about one phase or achievement of a person’s life it leaves us with an incomplete picture. This site offers students information about the later campaigns that Dr. King was involved with.
In the 1960s, the FBI amassed almost 2,000 documents about writer named James Baldwin, one of the best-selling Black authors in the world at the time. What made him loom so large in the imaginations of both the public and the authorities?
In 1830, David Walker sewed a pamphlet he had written into the lining of a coat. The volume was thin enough to be hidden, but its content was far from insubstantial. At the time, many members of the US government considered this pamphlet to be one of the most dangerous documents in American history.
Born in 1731, poor and without a formal education, Benjamin Banneker was obsessed with math and science. He taught himself astronomy, mathematics, engineering, and the study of the natural world. Learn more about this extraordinary man.
A biography of Toussaint Louverture, a military leader who led the Haitian revolution and established the country of Haiti. Although he was executed by the French, the revolution continued and Haiti became an independent country.
Butler was a successful science fiction writer in a time when white male authors dominated the field. She brought new perspectives into the stories of science fiction and influenced the field to change from the dominance of white male characters.
Learn more about Ida B. Wells, an anti-lynching crusader who used the power of journalism and statistical evidence to raise awareness about the most extreme horrors of life in the Southern United States for African Americans.
In the late 1800’s, lynchings were happening all over the American South, often without any investigation or consequences for the murderers. A young journalist set out to expose the truth about these killings.