With only one hour to spare, let us see what we can find on the internet!
1. Fisk Jubilee Singers
"In 1871 George L. White, treasurer and music professor at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee created a nine-member choral ensemble of students and took it on tour to earn money for the university. The original Fisk Jubilee Singers introduced ‘slave songs’ to the world and were instrumental in preserving Negro spirituals."
"In 1872 they sang at the World Peace Festival in Boston and at the end of the year President Ulysses S. Grant invited them to perform at the White House. In 1873 the group toured Europe for the first time and performed for Queen Victoria in London. Funds raised that year were used to construct the school’s first permanent building, Jubilee Hall."
Click here for a Timeline of the Singers performances starting in 1863.
2. The Woman's Era Newspaper
"The Woman's Era was the first national newspaper published by and for black women in the United States. Originally established as a monthly Boston newspaper, it became distributed nationally in 1894 and ran until January 1897, with Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin (pictured above) as editor and publisher."
You can explore the newspaper archive here.
3. Preserving Black History
Over the past four years, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has funded over 100 historic places connected to Black History.
You can learn more and join the effort by clicking here.
4.African American Women working on the railroad, 1940s-50s
Here's a great book on the topic.
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