The father and son both served their country with distinction, though for much of their careers neither could get a cup of coffee in the same café as White soldiers. Both men would be instrumental in the eventual desegregation of the U.S. military—leaving a powerful legacy that would influence generations to come.
If someone asked you who the first Black person to campaign for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States was, would your answer be Barack Obama? How about Jesse Jackson? Actually, it was a woman — Shirley Chisholm.
The Great Migration was the movement of 6 million African Americans out of southern states to northeast, mid-west and west from 1910-1970.
Greenwood, OK was founded by O.W. Gurley, a black entrepreneur and landowner from Arkansas who moved from Perry, OK in 1906 to Tulsa and settled on land “to be purchased by Coloreds only.”
The concept of civil rights is at the very core of the United States of America. Founded on the principles that a government should serve the will of the people and provide protections of the basic God-given rights afforded to all, America has experienced a remarkable transformation from the days of declaring its independence from Great Britain in the 18th century.