The historic Orange Mound community is the first community in the United States built by and for African Americans, and has thrived since the 1890's. It has been tested through the Civil Rights Movement and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King several miles away in Memphis, Tennessee.
The Lee Sisters from Memphis were pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement. More than 50 years later, they remain proud of their title as "The Most Arrested Civil Rights Family in the United States". "Jet Magazine", a popular weekly for African Americans, gave the freedom fighting sisters that moniker after they were carted off to jail nearly 20 times for standing against racial injustices by sitting in at libraries and lunch counters.
Beginning today and running every Thursday through February, we will be taking a look at events in black history rarely discussed. In today's Hidden History moment, Brie Jackson shares the story of servicemembers who helped save lives and make history.
Jerry Zolten is a modern day music man. He's a Penn State professor of communications. He's also a musician, author and music producer. Zolten grew up listening to and loving black gospel on the radio in Pittsburgh. "It wasn't the sort of music I could perform. I wanted desperately to perform but it wasn't my style, but I could write about it. I could talk to people who made the music. I could learn about it, and that's how it began," Zolten said.
Nestled in Southeast Memphis, Orange Mound is the second largest community in history, behind Harlem in New York City, to be discovered by African-Americans. Thriving since the 1890's, it's been tested through the Civil Rights Movement and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore are little known civil rights activists from Florida. The Moores lived in Mims, a tiny town along the space-coast, just east of Orlando. On December 25, 1951, someone placed sticks of dynamite underneath the front porch of their modest shotgun home.
During segregation, African-American service members fought for freedoms they didn't have themselves while serving our country. World War I and World War II had a double meaning for some black soldiers who helped save lives and made history.
Many people are familiar with the term “Gold Star Mothers.” It recognizes the family of fallen servicemembers. The National Museum of African-American History and Culture is working to preserve the stories of some families who paid the ultimate sacrifice.