Black History You Might Not Know
Why is Black History Important?
Black History is American history and recognized as important long before many imagined it was accepted.
First recognized as an event in 1915, Black History Month was celebrated at the 50th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
In 2012, we are just three years short of the Sesquicentennial of the proclamation that freed black slaves in America. The celebration grew into a month-long event that has continued to develop and gather events and opinions of all kinds.
Each year the study of African American histories becomes more interesting as the National Geographic, Smithsonian, and IBM Genographic Project indicate increasingly more closely that all races are related by DNA.This has also been demonstrated in TV shows like Who Do You Think You Are?
There are some ethnic genetic differences that look huge to us, but on the larger genetic scale, the percentages of differences are remotely tiny.
Broadcasts from National Geographic specialize in the surprises that genealogical seekers experience when they find their ancestors and current relatives they knew nothing about. I've been surprised and so have thousands of others, making a knowledge of ethnic histories necessary to the understanding of each of our backgrounds.
Detroit, Michigan is Full of Black History
Historic Sites Around Detroit
This is likely the last stop on the Underground Railroad before hurrying across the Detroit River by night.
Last Stop on the Underground Railroad
One of my favorite US cities for historic installations and other attractions, Detroit is packed with interesting Black History. Several churches in town are historic stops on the Underground Railroad and some maintain museums in honor of that heritage.
Detroit was the last stop before Canada, namely Windsor ON, across the Detroit River. Underground Railroad installations are popular in the Province of Ontario as well. A popular tour takes visitors through Detroit and Windsor, then on to the North American Underground Railroad Museum in Ontario.
- 1st Congregational Church of Detroit - 33 E. Forest. Underground Railroad. http://www.friendsoffirst.com/home/
- 2nd Baptist Church - 441 Monroe Street in Greektown near Gratiot and Woodward. Underground Railroad.
- Black Bottom Historic Neighborhood - Now Lafayette Park and on the National Register of Historic Places, it is on the Lower East Side and was formerly bounded by Gratiot Avenue, Brush Street, Vernor Highway, and the Grand Trunk Rail Line.
- Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History - 315 East Warren, Detroit. -- This museum occupies 125,000 square feet in Downtown Detroit.
- Motown Historical Museum - 2648 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit. http://www.motownmuseum.com/
- Wayne State University -Cass Avenue and Putnam Street, Detroit. WayneState University is Michigan's only urban research university. Detroit African American History Project - www.daahp.wayne.edu/
All of the above attractions are pinned on the map offered below. While 1st Congregational Church of Detroit (map point A) may have been the very last stop on the Underground Railroad before Windsor, Ontario, Canada; I wonder if escapees and their conductors and guides ever used Belle Isle to the east as cover.
Underground Railroad Memorial Celebration with Aretha Franklin
African Americans Revive Michigan's Film Industry in 2012
A SAG producer, director, and actor, Sean H. Robertson is reviving Michigan's film industry after state tax incentives were cancelled in 2011. Operating 313Wood: The New Detroit, he has already garnered success and recognition for African-American and other artists in a wide range of venues.
Important African Americans to Honor More Fully
- I Met Grace - A Black Diamond
Grace's stage name is Nichelle Nichols. This entertainer that became famous in France and the USA nearly lost the chance to touch the lives of millions globally, because she was almost murdered before she was born - by Al Capone.
- Light Skin and Good Hair - Extraordinary Film by Chris Rock
Musician and Actor Cab Calloway contributed to a documentary on the Cotton Club many decades ago. He explained at one point that Black Folks often went in the club to...Now Chris Rock...
- Miles Davis Played Trumpet But Not the Game
This article provides an in-depth biography of jazz great Miles Davis. The content tries to prove that Miles Davis was one of the most talented and influential jazz artists of the twentieth century.
- USA Track and Field Hall of Famer Lee Evans
Related to Hubber AEvans.
Black Cowboys and Indians
The first Black cowboy is through to be a man born the same year as my grandfather, in 1970.
His name was William Pickett, held up as a legend for his roping, riding, and shooting skills. He was African American and Native American.
Pickett invented the rodeo sport known today as "bulldogging", a form of steer wrestling.
It is thought that, on some Texas trails, about a quarter of cowboys were Black.— BBC News: "America's forgotten black cowboys." 3/22/2013
- African American or Black Cowboys in History and Fiction
African Americans have been conspicuously absent from histories of the west. They are not much represented in fiction either. Many people think they ere not there, but they were.
- Cherokee Nation and 500 Years of a Different Brand of Racism and Politics - Cherokee Nation Downsize
- Seminole nation is Federally Recognized, But Never Signed A Peace Treaty
While some readers of Native American histories state that Seminole Nation or the Seminole Tribe is not an official tribe or nation with a real name, they are both incorrect and guilty of repeating false and hurtful information.
Black Cowboys in the American West
Some voices maintain that there are "no such thing as Black cowboys", but they are incorrect. My ancestors in the 1800s on their way to California saw the Black Cowboys, as this book describes real life individual. These cowboys of color are exactly real and this book is valuable in testifying to their existence. It has a favorite place in my own library.
Politics and War - Black America Is There
- The Role of "Buffalo Soldiers" in the Native-American Wars
Buffalo Soldiers received their nickname as an honor from Native Americans for several reasons. The Buffalo Soldiers were not all men, either. Overall, 20 soldiers of the 9th and 10th Cavalries received the Medal of Honor.
- Tuskegee Airmen: How George Lucas Presents the 332nd Fighter Group
- Unrecognized History of Revolutionary America Brought to Light
Television series about the US Armed Forces (Hogan's Heroes, Gomer Pyle USMC) have sometimes rubbed viewers the wrong way and very harshly. This is easier to understand when we study history. The Montford Point Marines' story of WWII, for example, is
© 2012 Patty Inglish MS