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Black History Facts

Black History Facts

Did you know????

  • In 1938, first lady Eleanor  Roosevelt challenged the segregation rules  at the Southern Conference on Human Welfare in Birmingham, Alabama, so she  could sit next to African-American educator and activist Mary  McLeod Bethune. Roosevelt would come to  refer to Bethune as “her closest friend in her age group.”
  • Legendary singer James Brown performed in front of a televised audience in Boston the day  after Martin  Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Brown is  often given credit for preventing further riots with the performance.
  • Female science fiction author Octavia Butler was dyslexic. Despite her disorder, she went on to win Hugo  and Nebula awards for her writing, as well as a “genius” grant from  the MacArthur Foundation.


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