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HE PERSEVERED: How William Lewis of HAMMERING FOR FREEDOM Inspired Me to Keep Moving Forward

How an enslaved man's decades-long quest for freedom inspired me to push on.

Talk to ‘Em: House of Cards

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Talk to ‘Em: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Getting a Grant (But Were Afraid to Ask)

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Talk to ‘Em: Writers, Find Your Tools and Use Them

After a pretty hectic start to 2017, I’m finally able to sit down and write a few lines for those readers who love writing...

Meet Jacqueline Fountain, Inventor of Uro-Grip Technology!

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Meet DeVon Cooper and His Brainchild: INIQUITY!

Hello History Fans, Today we bring you an interview with rising Independent Filmmaker DeVon Cooper, the writer, director and producer of the Internet Series, Iniquity. FYI,...

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The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Narrative of a Slave’s Journey From Bondage to Freedom

The amazing story of Frederick Douglass told in stunning illustrations!

Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change

Our Children Can Soar: A celebration of Rosa, Barack and the Pioneers of Change, is a magical, unforgettable book. Written by author and editor...

Sing-along Song

This one is an oldie but a goodie! Sing-Along Song, by JoAnn Early Macken, may have debuted in 2004, but it's still the perfect...

Dad, Jackie and Me

The best thing about picture books – besides the beautiful pictures inside – is their uncanny ability to capture a slice of life and...

When Daddy Prays

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Jan Ernst Matzeliger

Jan Ernst Matzeliger was born in Dutch Guiana, the son of a Black woman and a Dutch engineer.  He began working in his father's...

Frederick McKinley Jones, A True Genius

Frederick McKinley Jones is undisputably one of the most important African American inventors ever, holding more than 60 patents in a variety of fields...

Teen Invents “The Sleepover Bed Tent”

Meet Sean Gilmore, 13-year old inventor of the Sleepover Bed Tent. Sean identified a problem that many kids have; they love inviting their friends...

Dr. George F. Grant…Teeing it Up!

Inventor - "The Golf Tee" Patent #628,920, December 12, 1899Dr. George Franklin Grant was born in Oswego, New York in 1847, and was the son...

Eugene Burkins, Inventor With a Vision

Invention: Automatic Machine Gun PATENT #649,433, May 15, 1900 Meet Eugene Burkins, inventor of the “Burkins Automatic Machine-Gun.” Other than learning to read and write,...

Mikaila Ulmer: A Honey of an Entrepreneur

If you're looking for encouragement as you contemplate your latest invention, young Mikaila Ulmer's story will surely inspire you! Mikaila is a ten-year old Texan...

Joseph Dickinson…Playing a Tune

A brief history of inventor Joseph H. Dickinson.

Maya Penn is Amazing!

Some people just inspire you, and young Maya Penn is one of those people. At age 16, she is already an entrepreneur, philanthropist, animator,...

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Beloved Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon Dies

For those of you old enough to remember the glory days of the Harlem Globetrotters, this image will bring a smile to your lips....

The Harlem Globetrotters Biography

This entry needs no explanation. In 1999, The Biography Channel hosted a 5-part biography series on The Harlem Globetrotters. Enjoy! Also posted at - www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA8xF_zz1g8

Muhammad Ali

With the recent passing of “The Greatest”—aka, Muhammad Ali, on June 3, 2016, the world seems to have taken an interest in all things...

The Nicholas Brothers Documentary

The story of the Nicholas Brothers.

Mack Rice of “Mustang Sally” Fame Dies

Back in 1933, little Bonny Rice—who would someday be known as Mack Rice, was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He would live to the ripe...

Herb Kent, Radio Legend, Has Passed Away

Herb Rogers Kent, the Chicago radio icon whose voice spread across the airwaves since just after World War II, died within hours of his...

Ira’s Shakespeare Dream

Anyone who has ever dreamed big will love author Glenda Armand’s newest picture book about a boy who “dreamed too big for a colored...

Trombone Shorty

Some people are born to perform. Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews is one of those people, and he explains all about it in his 2015...
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THE TOI DERRICOTTE AND CORNELIUS EADY CHAPBOOK PRIZE

Hi Everyone, Just wanted to alert you to an upcoming competition. By "upcoming" I mean it's right around the corner! I apologize for springing this...

Morland Scholarship for African Writers

Hello History-Lovers, Here's the scoop on a generous grant for writers who were born in Africa, or whose parents were born in Africa. But hurry!...

#WeNeedDiverseBooks Mentorship Program!

Hello Everyone, It's not everyday that I run across a mentoring opportunity for aspiring writers-of-color, but...today is that day! That's right, We Need Diverse Books is...

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Sweet Dreams, Sarah

A formerly-enslaved woman creates the fold-up bed!

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The true story of the late Carter G. Woodson.