Little Known Black History Facts

Little Known Black History FactsCan you believe that it is already February? February is Black History Month. Black history is something that EVERYONE should know about. wIt’s American history. There are a lot of interesting facts out there. It’s a shame you won’t find most of this information in many of the history books. I have readers from all different walks of life. This post is to enlighten and educate everyone about things that you may not have known about.

Little Known Black History Facts

Alfred L Cralle invented the ice cream scoop. He received a patent for his invention on February 2nd, 1897.

Satchel Paige was the oldest rookie to play in the MLB at 42 years old. He once drew a crowd of over 75,000 people.

Shirley Chisolm survived three assassination attempts during her campaign for the 1972 Democratic nomination for the U.S. presidency.

The Buffalo Soldiers were the all-black regiments in the US Army. They were created in 1866.

Isaac Burns Murphy was the first person to win three Kentucky Derbies. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1956.

In 1965 Jackie Robinson helped establish Freedom National Bank, the 1st African-American owned commercial bank.

Phillis Wheatley was the 1st published female African American poet.

Madam C.J. Walker was the first female self-made millionaire.

Wally Amos is the creator of Famous Amos cookies.

Garrett A. Morgan created a traffic signal. He sold it to General Electric.

Lonnie Johnson is an engineer and inventor. He holds over 80 patents. He is most known for creating the super soaker water gun.

Benjamin Banneker was credited with helping to design the blueprint of Washington D.C.

Janet Emerson Bashen is the first African-American woman to hold a patent for a software invention.

Alberta Williams King (Martin Luther King, Jr’s mother) was shot and killed in Ebenezer Church in 1974.

Harriet Wilson is the 1st African-American to publish a novel in 1859.

Greenwood is a neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The community was known as Black Wall Street. It was one of the most successful and wealthiest black communities in the country.

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Unfortunately, the worst race riot in this country’s history happened there as well. Here are some links about ‘The Black Wall Street.”

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The Destruction of Black Wall Street

It sucks that I didn’t learn the majority of these facts while I was in school. I can guarantee the younger generation doesn’t know this stuff either. Did you already know any of these facts? Have you ever heard of Black Wall Street before? What other little known black history facts do you know?

Little Known Black History Facts

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  1. You are completely right…it does suck that none of us learned these things in school; I hope they are correcting that now! Our histroy books should reflect all of these as they are such an important part of our history!!! I have heard of Black Wall Street, but I can’t tell you from where!!!
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  3. It is sad that I had to learn about my history outside of school. this is a great post with a lot of great information. The Martin Luther King Mother was a new one for me. very enlightening post.
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  4. Those who know should teach and spread the word; not belittle someone and tell them they have no excuse for not knowing. How can you research something you know nothing about? Until I left high school I had always assumed the history I learned in school was true and full. It wasn’t until a family member of mine began telling me of things like this that I began to research and read about all of the history that I was never taught. I know that I have friends who are in the same situation and so I make it my goal to open their eyes so that they learn about their past in an empowering way.Thanks for sharing!Great post.
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  5. I am not an American, but I am Black, and hope to visit there someday as I already have both white and black friends and relatives there. This interesting post have really motivated me, there’s so much which we are yet to be told about our History and what we are capable of.
    Thank Heavens for a blog like this. Thanks Butler 🙂
    I bookmarked already, so I’ll check again.

  6. You’re right, Jason, this stuff should be taught in schools. It would be nice if they would take February – Black History Month – as the time to discuss this subject. Wonder what they would discover if every child – black and white – had to bring one black history fact to school during this month. Wouldn’t that be an interesting experiment. By the way, I did not know about Black Wall Street.

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  8. Cool post. Lots of interesting Black history… Some I knew, but lots I didn’t. Amazing we aren’t taught this in school, I agree!
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  9. Thank you, love to learn more from you. keep blogging and keep smiling.
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  10. Certainly worth visiting this month Jason. There are at least 3 little known black history facts I knew! And another 3 I think I heard along the way. Schools today aren’t really teaching real history. Not like I remember it. Sad for our future.
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  11. This post should be shared with educational establishments. Great post.
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  12. Great post! Unfortunately I didn’t learn about more than half of this stuff during all the years I went to school. It’s seems like some school districts only focus on a handful of popular successful blacks and students wind up learning about the same people year after year instead of all the other influential people who made a difference. But it’s up to us to seek out more knowledge (because the information is out there) and spread awareness.
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  13. Very interesting facts. Thanks for sharing. No, I had not heard of Black Wall Street.
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  14. I agree with you, this is american history, not just black history. I knew a few of these (love me some Famous Amos cookies!) But not most of them. Thanks for enlightening us.

  15. I am somewhat embarrassed to say that most of this is news to me. I know a few of these things but not that many. And I was a history major in college. I guess I’m a living example of why we need to have Black History.
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  16. Great article Jason! I read a wonderful article on CNN just last week about black cowboys and how much a part of the history of the west they were – and still are – and the photographs were marvelous! I had no idea and that makes me really sad.

    I fear that those who have documented our history have excluded many such stories and have no idea how we can begin to rectify that, but since our world is so focused around the Internet these days one way might be for more people to share stories about real people in history. I think we’re all hungry for those stories, which is just one reason why the website Humans of New York has become so popular.
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  17. How right you are about history. I might add the name of York, who was a slave on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He, more than the famous Sacagewea, was responsible for the success of that expedition. His exploits and heroism in these travels should be known by more people.
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  18. Some really interesting stuff and I didn’t know much of it. I’m definitely interested to learn more about black wall street. I think history isn’t really taught well in this country. I felt like all I learned was a skeleton of what happened based on our world views at the time they happened. For that reason, American history becomes white, upper crust, male history. We learn little about the impact of anybody else during that time.
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  19. Thank you for educating us. Such a history not to forget. And yes, wisdom like this should be discussed more at school.

  20. Very interesting Post. I didn’t know any of these facts.
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  21. Jason, I’m sure that our new Congress which is 80 percent white and 80 percent male will make it a priority to get those text books updated. I’m sure we will add a lot more information about the black experience, the femal experience, evolution, etc.; Oh, look! A pig just flew by my window.
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  22. So sad how history completely disregards Shirley Chisolm! And I had NO idea about Wally Amos!

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