Remembering Samuel Sharpe
Before his execution in 1832, Samuel Sharpe—leader of Jamaican’s Baptist War Slave Rebellion—said: “I would rather die among yonder gallows, than live in slavery.”
Remembering Langston Hughes
The Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Hughes I’ve known rivers: I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers. I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young. I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep. I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it. I heard the...
Remembering Henry Johnson and Needham Roberts
On May 15, 1918, the courage and bravery of African-American soldiers resounded throughout Europe and around the world, by the actions of two black soldiers. Badly wounded by enemy German guns, Privates Henry Johnson and Needham Roberts, of the 369th Harlem Hellfighters Regiment, were manning a two-man outpost when a German patrol of more than 20 soldiers attached with rifles, bayonets and...