Freedom Riders
In May 1961, a group of men and women, blacks and whites, departed Washington, DC on two public interstate buses.
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Oliver Lewis
Oliver Lewis (1856-1924) was the first African American and the first jockey to win the Kentucky Derby. The first Derby
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Maggie Lena Walker
When Maggie Lena Walker was just a teen she joined the local chapter of the Independent Order of St. Luke,
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Countee Cullen
Countee Cullen was one of the best known poets to emerge during the Harlem Renaissance. He was born Countee Leroy
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Jessie Redmon Fauset
Jessie Redmon Fauset, poet, editor, essayist and novelist, saw the Harlem Renaissance as a historical educational opportunity. For her it
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Arna Bontemps
Arna Bontemps, Harlem Renaissance poet and novelist was born on October 13, 1902 in Alexandria, Louisiana. He graduated from Pacific
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Elizabeth Keckley
Elizabeth Keckley was born into slavery in 1818 in Dinwiddie, Virginia. She was sent out to work by her enslaver
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Constance Baker Motley
Constance Baker Motley (1921-2005) was the first African American woman to serve as a federal judge. She was appointed by
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Susie King Taylor
Susie King Taylor was one of the first people to write about her experience with a “colored regiment” during the
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Marian Anderson
Marian Anderson was the first African American invited to perform at the White House and the first to perform with
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Teaching Black History

Kathy Trusty

Kathy loves all history, particularly African American history. She authors Black History Blog Posts to make it easy for parents and teachers, of K-8 students, to share a little black history every week. Download FREE Mini Bio Worksheet for Grades 4 – 8 to turn blog articles into an activity for students at home and in the classroom.