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Cinco de Mayo & Afro-Mexican History, 5 Things You May Not Know

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Despite its popularity here in the U.S., Cinco de Mayo isn’t Mexican Independence Day (that’s September 16). Instead, the date marks Mexico’s… Read More

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Let’s be clear. Jackie Robinson wasn’t the first man. He wasn’t the first Black athlete to play in a professional… Read More

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On the evening April 4, 1968 a shot rang out aimed at Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., striking him in the chin and neck, almost certainly killing him… Read More

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The name Madam CJ Walker is synonymous with Black hair care and Black wealth. Walker built a beauty empire and amassed a fortune in the early 20th… Read More

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Although we hear the history of Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution of the 1790s, Jamaica’s Maroons (or Windward Maroons) were actually… Read More

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