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May 26 10 tweets 3 min read
The origin of Memorial Day trace back to 1865 when freed slaves started a tradition to honor fallen Union soldiers and to celebrate emancipation and commemorate those who died for that cause.

A THREAD Image In 1865, black people in Charleston, South Carolina, held a series of memorials & rituals to honor unnamed fallen Union soldiers and celebrate the struggle against slavery. One of the largest memorial took place on May 1st 1865.
May 24 16 tweets 4 min read
In May of 1946, The Fultz Sisters or Fultz Quads, became the first identical Black-American quadruplets on record. The Doctor named them and also put them on display for curious onlookers.

The Fascinating and Tragic story of the quadruplets,

A THREAD Image The Fultz Quadruplets were born May 23, 1946 at 3 pounds each. Dr. Klenner took the responsibility of naming the children upon himself since the parents could not read. He decided to name them all Mary followed by the names of the women in the Klenner family. Image
May 18 18 tweets 5 min read
On this day in 1896, the U.S Supreme Court delivered its decision in Plessy v. Ferguson, establishing the “separate but equal” doctrine and authorizing discrimination by states.

This marked the formal beginning of Jim Crow Laws.

THREAD Image In 1866, a year after the amendment that ‘abolished slavery’ was ratified, Alabama, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, and South Carolina began to lease out convicts for labor. Image
May 15 9 tweets 4 min read
The black history of Miami, Florida.

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Bahamians were among the first settlers in Miami. The first name on the city charter in 1896, when the city was incorporated, was a Black man named Silas Austin. Out of 368 men who voted to incorporate Miami,162 of them were Black. Image In 1896 Florida had a state law that required a minimum number of registered voters to incorporate. 368 voters signed to incorporate Miami.

Black people mostly occupied Overtown and Coconut Grove, which is also the oldest inhabited neighborhood in Miami. Image
May 13 10 tweets 3 min read
On this day in 1985, Philadelphia Police Department dropped a bomb onto a residential home occupied by the MOVE Organization.

The Fire Department let the fire burn out of control, destroying 61 homes over two city blocks. 11 people died including 6 children

THREAD Image MOVE short for “The Movement,” and it’s largely unclear when it began; however, some people have reported remembering the group as far back as 1968.
May 12 9 tweets 3 min read
On this day in 1862, Robert Smalls stole a Confederate Ship and sailed it to Freedom disguised as a captain, freeing his crew and their families.

A THREAD! Image In 1862, Robert Smalls was serving as the pilot of a steam powered, Confederate ship, The CSS Planter. It was transporting large guns out of Charleston Harbor and deliver them to Union Navy forces on blockade duty Image
May 11 15 tweets 4 min read
On this day in 1892, Alonzo Lonnie Clayton became the youngest jockey to ever win the Kentucky Derby.

He won the race at the age of 15 & still holds the record as the youngest winning rider

Did you know a black man won the very 1st Kentucky Derby in 1875?

BLACK JOCKEYS THREAD Image Did you also know that the very first assembly of photographs to create a motion picture was a two-second clip of a Black man on a horse?
May 9 15 tweets 5 min read
The late Patrice Lumumba was the first legally elected prime minister of D.R Congo.

He was assassinated in 1961 following a military coup supported by U.S.A & Belgian imperialism which was admitted by US State Dept in 2013 authorized by president Eisenhower.

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For 126 years, the US and Belgium have played key roles in shaping Congo's destiny. In April 1884, seven months before the Berlin Congress, the US became the first country in the world to recognise the claims of King Leopold II of the Belgians to the territories of the Congo.
Apr 26 10 tweets 3 min read
65 years ago today, Mack Parker was murdered by a white mob. It’s considered one of the last civil rights era lynchings.

THREAD Image Mack Charles Parker was a 23-year-old truck driver who had returned to his hometown of Lumberton, Mississippi, after receiving a general discharge following two years in the Army. Image
Apr 25 15 tweets 4 min read
The Banyole of the ancient kingdom Of Uganda practiced and perfected C-Section long before the Europeans.

While Europeans mainly concentrated on saving the baby, the ugandans were performing the operation successfully saving both.

A THREAD Image Caesarean section was considered a life-threatening procedure in England that was only to be undertaken in the direst of circumstances and facing the decision on whether to save the life of the mother or baby.
Apr 20 10 tweets 4 min read
On this day in 1939, Billie Holiday recorded the first great protest song of the Civil Rights Movement, 'Strange Fruit’

The Chilling Story of Strange Fruit and Billie Holiday.

A THREAD! "Strange Fruit" was originally a poem written by Jewish-American writer, teacher and songwriter Abel Meeropol, under his pseudonym Lewis Allan, as a protest against lynchings and later set it to music.
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Apr 15 14 tweets 4 min read
112 years ago today, Joseph Phillipe Lemercier Laroche, the only black passenger on RMS Titanic, died when it sank.

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Joseph Phillipe Lemercier Laroche was the son of a white French army captain and a Haitian woman who was a descendant of Jean-Jacques Dessalines, the first ruler of independent Haiti.
Apr 15 6 tweets 2 min read
Blues legends, Willie Dixon, Big Joe Williams and Memphis Slim together in front of Moses Asch's Folkways Studios in New York City studio in 1961. Image William James Dixon (July 1, 1915 – January 29, 1992) was an American blues musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger and record producer. He was proficient in playing both the upright bass and the guitar, and sang with a distinctive voice. Image
Apr 14 11 tweets 4 min read
German colonizers in Namibia, due to their interest in evolutionary theory & missing links executed inmates and decapitated them.

Herero women were required to remove all flesh from the heads to create clean skulls suitable for shipment for study in German Institutes.

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The German missionaries began working in Southern Africa in the late 1820s and experienced significant success in evangelizing and educating their converts. But toward the end of the 19th century, a new ‘gospel’ was increasingly introduced to Africa. Image
Apr 8 8 tweets 3 min read
In 1831, Freedom fighter Nat Turner saw a Solar Eclipse, which he believed was a sign from God and he started what is considered the most deadly slave revolt, the Nat Turner Rebellion, which sparked the events leading to civil war.

A THREAD Image Around early 1828, he was convinced that he “was ordained for some great purpose in the hands of the Almighty”. A solar eclipse and an unusual atmospheric event on 13th August, is what inspired Nat Turner to start his insurrection, which began 8 days later, on August 21, 1831. Image
Apr 4 4 tweets 2 min read
56 years ago today, Civil Rights Movement leader, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Gone, but not forgotten.

Rest in Power. Image Did you know Martin Luther King Jr's Mother and his Brother were also murdered? Image
Apr 2 10 tweets 5 min read
On this day in 1932 World famous black cowboy Bill Pickett "Dusky Demon" died. He invented the rodeo sport, bulldogging (steer wrestling)

One in four of America’s cowboys were Black. Many of the slaves were familiar with cattle herding from their homelands of West Africa

THREAD Image Many of the enslaved african men were familiar with cattle herding from Africa.

a highlight of some famous black cowboys:
Apr 1 10 tweets 3 min read
40 years ago today, singer, songwriter and Motown legend, Marvin Gaye was shot and killed by his father, a day before his birthday.

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On April 1, 1984, Marvin was fatally shot by his father in their Los Angeles home. On the day of the murder, Marvin and Marvin Senior were arguing about a misplaced insurance policy document. Image
Mar 31 12 tweets 3 min read
A formerly enslaved woman, Mary Lumpkin, liberated a slave jail known as ‘The Devil’s Half Acre’ and turned it into an HBCU. #WomensHistoryMonth

A THREAD Image Mary was sold to a man named Robert Lumpkin at the age of around 13 and was forced to bear children for him & help him run a slave jail in Richmond, Virginia. It was known as Lumpkin’s jail.
Mar 29 9 tweets 3 min read
On this day in 1958, Jeremiah Reeves, was executed via electric chair by the state of Alabama after police tortured him into giving a false confession as a 16-year-old child.

A THREAD! Image In July 1951, Jeremiah, a 16-year-old high school student at the time, and Mabel Ann Crowder, a white woman, were discovered having sex in her home.

She claimed she had been raped by Jeremiah and he was immediately arrested and taken to Kilby Prison for “questioning.” Image
Mar 26 9 tweets 2 min read
19 year old Frank Embree was tortured, castrated, skinned and then lynched in front of a cheering crowd, for a crime he didn’t commit in 1899. Though published photographs clearly depicted the faces of his assailants, no one was ever arrested. BlackHistorymonth

A THREAD! Image On the morning of July 22, 1899, a white mob abducted Frank from officers transporting him to stand trial. He had been arrested roughly a month earlier, accused of assaulting a young white girl.