5 Black History Facts You Never Learned In School
February is Black History Month, every year we celebrate our accomplishments from the past but more often than not seems that we are churning out the same “basic” Black History facts. Our nations schools seem to be the primary perpetrator of the repeated facts and it’s disappointing that our children aren’t aware of the numerous people that have shaped this country to what it is today.
To help spread more knowledge about past and current black excellence we’ve found some facts that are often ignored in schools and lesson plans around the country. Check them out below!
1. Rosa Parks wasn’t the first to take a stance on equality. Claudette Colvin was one of the first people to refuse to move to the back of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. In fact, the 15-year-old had protested nine months before Rosa Parks had done so.
2. The Black Panthers did more than don Afros and dark clothing, the revolutionary group made huge strides in the Black community by offering free breakfast for children and provided health clinics for low income families.
3. In the 1700s, Phillis Wheatley became the first published African-American female author at the tender age of 12. What were you doing as an adolescent?
4. Despite what is represented in the media, as much as a quarter of cowboys were black. The well-known cowboy icon, the Lone Ranger, is supposedly inspired by the African-American cowboy, Bass Reeves.
5. Yeah #TheOscarsSoWhite but back in 1954 ,before social media was invented, Dorothy Dandridge was the first African American actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in Carmen Jones. The first African American to win an Oscar was Hattie McDaniel in 1939 for her role in Gone With The Wind. McDaniel accepted her “Best Supporting Actress” award in a segregated “no blacks” hotel were the ceremony took place.
Do you know of any more little known Black History facts? Comment below and let us know!