10 Black History Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

1. Sojourner Truth, born Isabella Baumfree, only spoke Dutch as a child.

2. Thurgood Marshall was expelled from Lincoln University for hazing aspirants to his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha.

Oh yeah? Prove it.

Prove it.

3. Paul Robeson played professional football to pay his way through Columbia Law School, where he was the third black person to graduate.

4. W.E.B. DuBois almost completed a doctorate in economics at the University of Berlin (by far the top program of its kind in the world then), but fell short due to residency requirements and politics. He settled for being the first black person to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard.

5. Frederick Douglass settled on the name “Douglass” well into adulthood. He had to change his name often as he sought freedom. His prior last names included Bailey, Stanley, and Johnson.

Someone called him "Freddy Freeloader" once. Once.

Someone called him "Freddy Freeloader" once. Only once.

6. Some of George Washington Carver’s inventions from peanuts included shoe polish, cheese, tuberculosis medicine, and axle grease.

7. While a student at Morehouse College, Samuel L. Jackson was part of a group that held the school’s Board of Trustees hostage, locking them in a conference room for hours.

Nobody leaves till there's green jell-o in the cafeteria!

Nobody leaves till there's green jell-o in the cafeteria!

8. At Morehouse, Martin Luther King Jr. failed Spanish twice and graduated with a C average. From there, he went to Crozer Seminary where he finished first in his class.

9. After breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball, Jackie Robinson went on to be a vice president at the Chock Full O’ Nuts Coffee Company.

10. Louis Armstrong’s nickname, Satchmo, was an abbreviation of a childhood nickname, “Satchel Mouth.”

Call me $atcmo, for short.

Call me $atcmo, for short.

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4 responses to “10 Black History Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

  1. interesting facts Seth. you are awesome. go you.

    I didn’t know Sam Jackson went to Morehouse. if you two met, you could do the thing with the arm-linking and the song. how awesome would that be???

    love you, anna

  2. Nicely done! Very interesting historical tid bits on Alpha Men. My favorite “Black History Facts You..”, Is that Dr. King was a fan of the TV series, Star Trek, due to portrayal of Black people in the future.

    wil, house ’81

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