Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

Black History in Two Minutes (or so)


Latest Episodes

Oscar Micheaux: The First Black Indie Filmmaker
December 25, 2020

Transitioning from job to job as a teenager, Oscar Micheaux was able to write a story that was inspired by his experience on a farm. The novel, entitled The Homesteader, was published and later adapted into a silent motion picture. With this project,

W.E.B. Du Bois: The New Negro at The 1900 Paris Exposition
December 18, 2020

At the turn of the twentieth century, W. E. B. Du Bois curated an exhibit at the Paris Exposition in France entitled “The Exhibit of American Negroes.” The exhibition used photographs to disrupt the negative imagery that was used to depict black Americ...

School Integration
December 11, 2020

The landmark case Brown v. Board of Education declared that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. However, for most black and white families, the decision was met with resistance and a court mandate didn’t mean things were going to...

Migrations: From Exodusters to Great Migrations
December 04, 2020

With the formal ending of slavery in place, many freed black people saw this as an opportunity to start anew. But, for those in the south, things didn’t seem much different. The southern black experience saw more aggression, lynchings and segregation.

The First Underground Railroad
November 27, 2020

The Underground Railroad for many of us symbolizes the journey African slaves went on in the name of freedom. But, contrary to popular belief, the first path wasn’t south to north. Instead, it was north to south.

The Second Middle Passage
November 20, 2020

As the United States began to expand, the demand for cotton led to an increase of slave trades in the country. Eager to capitalize, slave owners sold slaves into the deep south and west in the name of expanding the economy.

The Transatlantic Slave Trade
November 13, 2020

In the early 1500s, the transatlantic slave trade commenced. Europeans invaded west and central Africa, capturing free people, enslaving them, and placing them on ships as cargo. Conditions aboard these slave ships were horrendous,

The Birth of Hip Hop
November 06, 2020

In 1973, DJ Kool Herc set up his turntables and introduced a technique at a South Bronx house party that would change music as many people knew it. His ability to switch from record to record — as well as isolate and repeat music breaks — led to the d...

Barack Obama’s 2008 Election
October 30, 2020

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Marcus Garvey: Leader of a Revolutionary Global Movement
October 23, 2020

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