Black History Is American History

Black History Is American History

Black History Is American History honors the range of black voices in American history by taking a deeper look at their unique contributions to our society and our world. Hosted by William Matthews, Propaganda, Andre Henry, & Nikki Blak, this podcast explores the lives of prominent black heroes, icons, and titans. No matter your race, religion, or geographic location we all have a story and a need to hear the stories of others. Each episode is a profile in courage that will inspire you, build bridges of understanding, and hopefully cause you to make a difference in the world.... Show More

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February 1, 2020 4 min
As an American activist, abolitionist, and the most famous "conductor" on the Underground Railroad, she rescued around 70 people from slavery. Let's talk about Harriet Tubman. To support this podcast and the other projects of The Liturgists head to https://theliturgists.com and find the button that says "Join The Liturgists." You'll join a group of amazing members who talk and get special content weekly.
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February 2, 2020 5 min
An American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, gaining note for his oratory and incisive antislavery writings. Let's talk about Frederick Douglass. To support this podcast and the other projects of The Liturgists head to https://theliturgists.com and find the button that say...
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February 3, 2020 9 min
An American abolitionist and women's rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, Ulster County, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. Let's talk about Sojourner Truth. To support this podcast and the other projects of The Liturgists head to https://theliturgists.com and find the button that says "Join The Liturgists." You'll join a group of amazing members who talk an...
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February 4, 2020 10 min
Took place from 1861 to 1865 and was the deadliest war in American history. The ware was fought between the northern United States which was loyal to the Union and the southern United States which seceded from the Union to form The Confederate States of America. The war began primarily because of a long-standing controversy over the enslavement of black people. Let's talk about The American Civil War. To support this podcast an...
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February 5, 2020 13 min
The Reconstruction era lasted from 1865 to 1877 following The American Civil War. It represents the failed transformation of the eleven former states of The Confederate States of America. Three new constitutional amendments ostensibly guaranteed newly freed slaves citizenship with civil rights while aiming to end the remnants of Confederate secession. However, three visions of the war appeared: the reconciliationist vision, the ...
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February 6, 2020 11 min
A group of African-American military fighters and bomber pilots who fought in World War II. They formed the 332nd fighter group and 447th bombardment group of the United States Army Air Forces. Their sacrifice was often met with very little support when they came home as they were still subject to disrespect and Jim Crow laws across the United States. Let's talk about The Tuskegee Airmen. To support this podcast and the othe...
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February 7, 2020 12 min
From George Washington Carver to Dr. Shirley Jackson, from the pyramids to rock & roll, from rockets to the moon to home security systems, black inventors have discovered and created new ways to do things all throughout history. Culture can sometimes relegate these highly intelligent people to the footnotes of history, but we would be remiss not to celebrate these giants whose shoulders we stand on. Let's talk about black ...
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February 8, 2020 15 min
A political activist, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator. Born in 1887. He is seen as a national hero in Jamaica, and his ideas exerted a considerable influence on such movements as Rastafari, the Nation of Islam, and the Black Power Movement. His work spoke specifically to the belief that African-Americans needed to secure financial independence from white-dominant society. Let's talk about Marcus Garvey. To suppo...
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February 9, 2020 5 min
An African-American investigative journalist, educator, and an early leader in the civil rights movement. Born in 1862, she was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In the 1890s, she documented lynching in the United States through her indictment called "Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in all its Phases." Let's talk about Ida B. Wells. If you like this podcast, join ...
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February 10, 2020 6 min
An entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political activist. She created a line of cosmetics and hair care products for black women. She was the wealthiest African-American businesswoman and wealthiest self-made woman at the time of her death in 1919. Her lavish estate, Villa Lewaro, in Irvington-on-Hudson New York was a major social gathering place for the African-American community. Let's talk about Madam C.J. Walker. If you ...
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February 11, 2020 10 min
An American professional baseball player who became the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era. He played in six World Series and contributed to the Dodgers 1955 World Series championship. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962, and in 1997 his number, 42, was retired across all major league baseball teams. Let's talk about Jackie Robinson. If you like this podcast, join The...
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February 12, 2020 9 min
An American author, anthropologist, and filmmaker. Her most popular novel, "Their Eyes Were Watching God" was published in 1937. She also wrote other novels and more than 50 short stories, plays, and essays. Her work concerned the African-American experience, racial struggles in the early 20th century, and her own viewpoint as an African-American woman. In 1975, Alice Walker published an article in the March issue of Mi...
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February 13, 2020 12 min
In 1955, at only 14 years old, Emmett Till was abducted and lynched by two white men. Till was accused of offending Carolyn Bryant, a white woman, in her family's grocery store. Regardless, in September 1955 an all-white jury found the killers not guilty of Till's kidnapping and murder. A few months after the trial, the two killers spoke publicly with Look Magazine and admitted they had murdered Till. Later in 2008, Bryant ...
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February 14, 2020 11 min
An American activist in the civil rights movement best known for her role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. On December 1, 1955, she rejected an order to relinquish her seat in the colored section of a bus to a white passenger after the "whites only" section was full. Her act of defiance became an important symbol of the civil rights movement. Although widely honored for her act, she also was fired from her job and received de...
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February 15, 2020 21 min
An American, Christian minister and activist. He became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi. J. Edgar Hoover considered King a radical and made him an object of the FBI's counter intel...
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February 16, 2020 10 min
An American lawyer who served as associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1967 until 1991. He was the Supreme Court's first African-American justice. Before joining the court, Marshall successfully argued several cases before the Supreme Court including Brown v. Board of Education. In 1987, Marshall gave a controversial speech stating "The government [the Founding Fathers] devised was defective fro...
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February 17, 2020 16 min
An American, Muslim minister and human rights activist. Born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska in 1925. He was sent to prison for 10 years in 1946 for larceny and breaking and entering. In prison, he joined the Nation of Islam and adopted the name "Malcolm X" because "Little" was the name of the white slave master. After being paroled, he became one of the most influential leaders in the Nation of Islam. He adv...
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February 18, 2020 12 min
An American actor, famous for his roles throughout the 50s and 60s. In 1958, he received the nomination for best actor for his role in "The Defiant Ones" which was the first time a black actor had received such a nomination. In 1964, he won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe for best actor for his role in "Lillies of the Field." In 1967 he performed in several break out films like "Guess Who's Coming to ...
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February 20, 2020 18 min
An American novelist, playwright, and activist. His essays explore intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in western societies. He frequently appeared on television and delivered speeches on college campuses. His church experience significantly shaped his worldview and his writing. He accused American Christianity of reinforcing the system of American slavery by lessening the pains of oppression and delaying salvatio...
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February 20, 2020 15 min
An American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights advocate. She published seven autobiographies, many books of essays, many books of poetry, and is credited with plays, movies, and television shows. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. In 1969, her first autobiography "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" brought her into national recognition. She worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ma...
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