In a few words, describe African American history?
African Americans have a long and rich history in the United States. They have faced struggles, adversity, and injustice. But African Americans have also achieved great success and made significant contributions to American society.
African American History
Slavery: The practice of one person owning another as property. Civil Rights Movement: A nationwide struggle for equality that started in the 1950s and 1960s. Segregation: The policy or practice of separating people based on their race.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in 2016. The first African American to win an Emmy was Hattie McDaniel in 1940. Leontyne Price was the first African American to perform a lead role at the Metropolitan Opera in 1961.
Howard University has been labeled “the capstone of Negro education,” because of its central role in the African American educational experience. Among historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) Howard has produced the greatest number of graduates with advanced degrees. Originally conceived as a theological school in 1866, Howard University was chartered as a university by an act of the United States Congress in 1867. Howard established the first black law school in the nation only two years after its founding and in 1872
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka was a landmark 1954 Supreme Court case in which the justices ruled unanimously that racial segregation of children in public schools was unconstitutional. Brown v. Board of Education was one of the cornerstones of the civil rights movement, and helped establish the precedent that “separate-but-equal” education and other services were not, in fact, equal at all.
BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION
The Voting Rights Act of 1965, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, aimed to overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote as guaranteed under the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Voting Rights Act is considered one of the most far-reaching pieces of civil rights legislation in U.S. history.
1965 Voting Rights Act
Brain break: Draw a phone booth full of cats wearing monocles and top hats!
Who was the first African American president of the United States?
- Barack Obama
- George Washington
- Thomas Jefferson
- Abraham Lincoln
Who wrote the autobiography 'The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass'?
- Frederick Douglass
- Harriet Tubman
- Martin Luther King Jr.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
What supreme court decision stated that segregation in schools are unconstitutional?
- Plessy v. Ferguson
- Brown v. Board of Education
- Rowe v. Wade
- Loving v. Virginia
What is the name of the holiday celebrated in the United States to commemorate the emancipation of slaves?
- Independence Day
- Martin Luther King Day
What is the name of the school in South Carolina that was the first black college in the United States?
- Benedict College
- Howard University
- Harvard University
- Morehouse College