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