4 Black History Facts You Probably Didn’t Know
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Black history month is a special time for African Americans and progressives. The history of black people in America is more than just slavery. Black Americans have done so much for America when it comes to inventions and culture. However, there are some things people don’t know about African American’s contribution to our current society. Here are four black history facts you probably don’t know, but should.
- Three Black Women Put a Man in Space
This may be more known now due to the movie Hidden Figures, but before the movie, most didn’t know this fun fact. Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson were the three women who worked with NASA and served as the brains for putting John Glenn on the moon. This was an important portion of history because the Space Race was a major competition between America and other countries. This was also important because this part of history helped break both a race and gender barrier.
- Rock & Roll was Created by Black People
The beginning of rock & roll stemmed from black culture and music. Rock music was influenced by what most black Americans in the 50s would call “Blues”. There was not one specific black person who is responsible for starting rock and roll, but many black pioneers contributed to the making of it such as Little Richard, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, and Bo Diddley. Rock is still a popular genre today and there is still black people that participate in the genre, i.e the band Alabama Shakes.
- The Black Panther Party Was Not Like The KKK
The Klu Klux Klan, also known as the KKK, is a hate group whose purpose was to intimidate and terrorize minorities. The Black Panther Party was made to promote self defense, protect communities from police brutality, and protect against racism. The BPP not only battled white supremacy, but they also made sure to help the children of the community. The Panther’s started the free breakfast program which helped provide meals for African American children who could not afford it.
4.The first female self-made millionaire was African American.
Madam C.J Walker was the first African American woman to become a self-made millionaire. She invented the world’s first hair straightener for kinky hair in 1872. After suffering from her own hair loss she decided to make hair care products for women of color in 1905. Walker was also a social activist who donated her money to various African American institutions. She spent a majority of her life fighting for black women and ended up being one of the most successful black woman to live.