But guess who did? If you thought your average white person, you’d be correct. How many white people in full body robes do you see? It wasnt only the Ku Klux Klan who participated in activities in which blacks were hung. There were those that were led by believers of the Klan, not actual members. See, this is where the general clumping of white people began. Not all white people were racist at the time but a vast majority were, which generally scared black people causing them to be cautious near all white people, given their shared experience as a race. Much like today, not all cops are bad however a vast majority can be considered bad and/or racist given the actions of law enforcement strictly against black people on a national scale. We’re not just bunching all white people together in one racist group for fun. It’s not Black People playing the victim. It’s statistics. It’s facts. It’s history.

February 14, 2016

Today In History

Frederick Augustus Douglass, orator, activist, and abolitionist, was born a slave in Tuckahoe, MD, on this date February 14, 1817. Douglass was commemorated on a U.S. postage stamp issued on his birthday 150 years later.

(photo: Frederick Augustus Douglass)

- CARTER Magazine

A fugitive from slavery, Arthur Cooper (1798-1853) arrived in Nantucket with his family in 1820. Two years later when an agent for his former owner came to the island to claim him, Nantucket Quakers assisted their escape.

From the Nantucket Historical Association:

A crowd of blacks and Quakers pledged that they would not let the family be removed. William Mitchell, father of Maria Mitchell, organized a citizens’ response. While he explained to Griffith that he had no authority to apprehend the Coopers, another townsperson slipped the family out the back door. When the matter was brought before him, Magistrate Alfred Folger ruled that the family could not be removed from Nantucket, and Griffith left the island empty-handed. Griffith continued trying to gain possession of the Coopers through litigation on the mainland, but he was unsuccessful. The Coopers continued to live in peace on Nantucket.

(Nantucket Historical Association)


Day 14: Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed” - Booker T. Washington

13 February 2016

For black history month, I decided to draw Kendrick Lamar, a truly inspirational man and gifted rapper. I hope I did him justice in this portrait ! Good luck to him at the Grammys and in his future endeavors ☺️👑🎶

(I’m terrified to post this, but I hope he sees this omg)

Please share so this reaches Kendrick !


Born on this day…

February 14, 1760

Richard Allen: Minister, Founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church


Life Experience and Gospel Labors of the Rt. Rev. Richard Allen 

Freedom’s Prophet: Bishop Richard Allen, the AME Church, and the Black Founding Fathers

Richard Allen: Religious Leader and Social Activist 


“Whereas our ancestors (not of choice) were the first successful cultivators of the wilds of America, we their descendants feel ourselves entitled to participate in the blessings of her luxuriant soil.”

Additional Quick Read:

Black Past: Richard Allen (1760-1831)


February is Black History Month and, although I myself am not Black, I believe their is importance in knowing history.
The tweet above is, in my opinion, a prime example of why Black History Month is important and why Black History matters, especially Black History that is rarely discussed. In a world where mainstream history tends to overlook the stories of Black individuals it is easy to make assumptions that People of Color were not there to witness events such as the sinking of the Titanic, and due to the ignored presence of said individuals, it is easy to dismiss tragedies that seemingly did not affect one’s own people. Despite Hollywood depictions of centuries past, Black people are everywhere. From the eruption of Vesuvius to Elizabethan England, Black people have been present in history. (On a side note, in the 2015 movie ‘Pompeii’, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje portrays the role of a slave/gladiator but I remember while watching a documentary on the eruption of Vesuvius, a historian pointed out that there is evidence that one of the wealthiest families in Herculaneum, Pompeii’s often overlooked and much more interesting neighbor, was a Black family. Why couldn’t we get a movie about them instead?)

The finely dressed gentleman above is Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche (b. May 26, 1886, d. April 15, 1912) along with his french wife Juliette (1889-1980) and their two daughters, Simonne (1909-1973) and Louise (1910-1998).

Joseph was born in Haiti and had traveled to France at the age of fifteen to study engineering, while in France he met Juliette Lafargue and they were married in March of 1908.

After Louise’s birth, the couple decided to move their growing family to Haiti in order to escape discrimination and provide for their children, especially Louise who had been born prematurely and needed constant care. 

In 1912, Juliette discovered she was pregnant once more and the couple decided to bring forward their journey by a year. Joseph’s mother purchased first-class tickets on Le France for them but because of the ship’s strict policies regarding children (they were to be kept separate from their parents, in the nursery, even during dinner), they transferred their tickets for second-class accommodations on board RMS Titanic.

The family boarded RMS Titanic through the Nomadic in Cherbourg on the evening of April 10. 

It is believed that Joseph and his family kept to themselves throughout the voyage, he was no doubt a loving father and most likely spent his final days enjoying the company of his wife and two daughters. Any other information about their time on board has been lost to history; due to uninterested historians, no doubt.

On the evening of April 14, the RMS Titanic sideswiped an iceberg approximately 400 miles from shore, and after two hours and forty minutes, sank beneath the surface of the North Atlantic, descending, in pieces, two and a half miles to the ocean floor.

As the lifeboats were being lowered, Joseph made sure his family were safely taken off the ship before dying a heroic death.

When the Carpathia arrived on the scene early the next morning, Simonne and Louise were raised onto the ship in burlap sacks for they were too small to climb the swinging rope ladder that was lowered on the side of the ship.

Upon arriving in New York, alone and with no one to meet her at the dock, Juliette decided to take her daughters back to France. On December 17, 1912, she gave birth to a boy whom she named Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche, Jr.

Years later, in 1918, Juliette successfully sued the White Star Line for 150,000 francs and used the money to set up a business in order to provide for her three children.

In March of 1995, Louise Laroche, now an old woman, stepped on board the Nomadic; the last place where her father Joseph had been before boarding Titanic; for the first time in eighty-five years. She was also present in the unveiling of a plaque dedicated to the passengers that departed from Cherbourg.

History is important, especially history that is not regularly discussed or covered by mainstream media, and in this month it is especially important to remember the many Individuals of Color that, without proper research, we would not know about. Black Lives Matter and Black History Matters. It is everywhere yet it is usually, unfortunately, overlooked. I believe we should all look for the obscure and hidden stories in Black History, especially in this time (not just because its February), and share these stories with others and celebrate the heroic People of Color that are no longer with us. 

Art Dedicated to Black History Appreciation Month-
“THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN” (1940 - 1952)

Commanded by (then) Captain Benjamin O Davis Jr, the first black officer to earn his wings from The Tuskegee Airfield the field from which the military group earned its moniker, The “All Black” Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American aviators to serve in the United States Armed Forces. Comprised of the 332nd Fighter Group and the 447th Bombardment Group of The United States Army Air Corps the nick name also applied to the navigators, bombardiers, mechanics, instructors, crew chiefs and other support personnel of the groups. The Tuskegee Airmen compiled an impressive combat record against the Nazi Regime. Dispatched on more than 15,000 sorties, they shot down 111 Lutwaffe planes and destroyed or disabled 273 enemy aircraft on the ground, while only losing 66 aircraft of their own proving that black servicemen were just as capable and just as patriotic as their white counterparts,
Art and words by Carl Gregory Brown
© 2009

malik-said asked:

Do you hate Black people?

Hell no! I encourage anyone who hates black people to look at all the wonderful black people who have brought humanity various invaluable gifts throughout history. 

Even if you just look at musicians alone, the original blues players were basically all black and they changed music FOREVER. One of the best guitar players of all time was black, a man named Jimi Hendrix. One of my personal favorite bands, Thin Lizzy, was fronted by an Irish black man named Phil Lynott. The man was a god of rock and roll.

Black women? Oh my god. Some of the most gorgeous women in the fucking world. When various races mix, you create fucking goddesses like Rosario Dawson. People don’t much like it when white men are into black women though. It’s seen as a fetish. 

Anyways, sorry this got so ranty. I just really fucking don’t hate black people at all and it sucks that people jump to that conclusion. I’m not accusing you of doing that, just to be clear.

Britain’s Biggest Secret - The Black Victorians

Pictured above is the Higdon family. This photograph was taken in the year 1898 in Britain. That is all we know about them.

Who were the Black Victorians? Mainstream history has virtually erased them from our minds and history books. We have been filled with images of slavery in America and across the world, but why is it that this chapter in black history was skipped? Why isn’t it equally common knowledge that in the midst of all of that darkness there was light, also.

Never before seen photos were uncovered, giving us over 200 images of glances into our past. Many of the photos did not include names or any details whatsoever, cloaking these people in mystery for all of time.

At one point in history, people of color were included in high society and walked the cobbled streets of Britain. The women wore intricate, voluminous gowns and wore their hair in curls and chignons. The men in suits and fair business. This may not have been the case for all black people in Britain, but for some it was. 

The Victorian Era was ruled under Queen Victoria, an era that is described as an opulent culture, although there were underlying bouts of poverty and child labor. History would like you to believe that black people didn’t arrive in Britain until 1948 during “The Empire Windrush”, when many Jamaican descendants entered the country, but that is not so. There has been proof to suggest otherwise. There is documentation that proves that it wasn’t uncommon to see black faces at a Shakespeare show. We’ve been there all along, humming softly in the background.

These images prove that you can’t take mainstream history at face value. Take the time to look behind the curtain and uncover OUR history. It’s as if our ancestors are just waiting for us to seek them out.

Who were the Black Victorians?

To see more of these images check out this video reel. 


Happy Black History Month.