Phillis Wheatley was the American colonies’ first Black poet and second woman to publish a book of poems. Here are more facts about her.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Lists, stories, and features celebrating Black History Month.
Langston Hughes was a poet, novelist, playwright, and reporter who helped define the Harlem Renaissance. Find out more about his life and work.
To understand the power of journalism, look at the career of Ida B. Wells.
Since making her national TV debut with ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show,’ Oprah has become a global icon. Discover more fascinating facts about her life here.
Time to press play on “Take the ‘A’ Train” and find out how Edward Ellington became the Duke.
Writer and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston’s literary legacy is a class apart. Here are some facts you might not have known about the author of “Their Eyes Were Watching God.”
LeBron James has been a basketball superstar for most of this century, but it was two football coaches who changed his life.
Elijah McCoy’s most famous creation, an automatic oil cup that lubricated steam engines on trains, may have spawned the phrase “the real McCoy.”
Some Black suffragists may not be as well known as their white counterparts in the movement, but they made an indelible impact on history.
The prizefighter challenged racist attitudes in boxing at the turn of the 20th century both in and out of the ring.
The list of Frederick Douglass's accomplishments is astonishing—respected orator, famous writer, abolitionist, civil rights leader, presidential consultant—even without considering that he was formerly enslaved.
Even if you’ve read all of his work, there are still some things you might not know about the 'Go Tell It On the Mountain' author.
You may not have heard of these groundbreaking Black innovators and creators in fields from science to comics.
Owens’s triumph at the 1936 Summer Olympics defied racist ideology and inspired generations of athletes.
Dr. Maya Angelou’s verses are at the very heart of the American experience—yet she didn’t start out as a poet.
W.E.B. Du Bois co-founded the NAACP—and was a victim of McCarthyism.
African descendants in the U.S. have been speaking varieties of English, today known as African American Language (AAL), for many centuries. Here's what you should know.
From enslaved woman to Underground Railroad guide and Civil War spy, Harriet Tubman led a remarkable life.
We celebrate Black History Month every February to recognize the amazing impact that African Americans have had on our culture. Read on for more about this tradition's origins.
Toni Morrison has written some of literature’s most enduring classics, from 'The Bluest Eye' to 'Beloved' and beyond. Here's what you need to know about the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author.
From literary icons to fresh, buzzworthy talent, here are 25 great books by African American authors you should add to your reading list today.
Get to know the brilliant African American innovators who brought you blood banks, personal computers, touch-tone telephones, and more.