Black History



402 years since slavery: A Timeline of Black American History

For all of us to understand how we got to where we are today in America, it is important that we understand our past. This includes recognizing the contributions of Black Americans and their descendants to the United States, Europe and the world. 

This month we celebrate some of those stories of world shaping individuals and momentous events.

Black history is a story well worth knowing.

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In August of 1619, a journal entry recorded that “20 and odd” Angolans, kidnapped by the Portuguese, arrived in the British colony of Virginia and were then bought by English colonists.

The date and the story of the enslaved Africans have become symbolic of slavery’s roots, despite captive and free blacks likely being present in the Americas in the 1400s and as early as 1526 in the region that would become the United States.

The fate of enslaved people in the United States would divide the nation during the Civil War. And after the war, the racist legacy of slavery would persist, spurring movements of resistance, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Selma to Montgomery March, and the Black Lives Matter movement, among others.

Through it all, Black leaders, artists and writers have emerged to shape the character and identity of a nation.

Here's why it’s a big deal that Kamala Harris is the VP (no matter your political affiliation):

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  • See the red box? Until then, she would have been enslaved.
  • See the blue box? Until then, she couldn’t vote. (**Edit: Since she is of Asian descent, move the blue box down two rows to 1952!)
  • The yellow box? Until then, she had to attend a segregated school.
  • And the green one? Until then she couldn’t have her own bank account.

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