African American History Story Briefs

Descendants of African-Americans who began their lives in America as kidnapped slaves were then deprived of civil rights by "Jim Crow" laws. Leaders inspired others to overcome racial prejudice and legal obstacles. These stories highlight the ups and downs of black history.

The Civil Rights Act of 1875 was intended to provide protection for African-Americans.  The United States Supreme Court, however, found it to be ...

Religious leaders in Cleveland protest the buidling of a segregated school, but a deadly accident fails to stop its construction.

Even before the Civil War was over, President Lincoln wanted an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which freed slaves throughout the country. The Amen...

Colonel Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr.

As agitation against American slavery increased, abolitionists meet in Philadelphia in December of 1833.

Slaves helped to build the White House which upset First Lady Abigail Adams. She and John Adams were the first family to move into the Executive Mansi...

Despite her obvious intelligence, Dorothy Height faced racial discrimination during her youth. Barnard College refused to accept her, but Height was ...

During the summer of 1964, known as "Freedom Summer," college students try to help African-Americans register to vote for the upcoming federal electio...

While visiting Memphis, Tennessee - on the 4th of April, 1968 - Dr. King was assassinated at the motel in which he was staying. His death sent shock w...

After South Carolina rejoined the Union, African-American males could vote. More blacks were involved in government in South Carolina than in any othe...

When Mamie Till-Bradley sees the disfigured body of her son, she orders the funeral director to put a glass top over the remains but to keep the coffi...

During the trial of Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam - for the murder of Emmett Till - Mose Wright identified the two men as the kidnappers of his great-neph...

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