black history month

Black History: The Source Celebrates Michael Jordan

There aren’t many players in the game of basketball that you could compare to the man they call “Air”. After scoring a record 63 points in a playoff game against the Celtics, Larry Bird described him as “God disguised as Michael Jordan”. Born on this date in 1963 in Brooklyn, New York, Michael Jordan is […]

Black History Month: The Source Celebrates Wilt Chamberlain

Born August 21, 1936 in Philadelphia, Pa., Wilt Norman Chamberlain was one of the most dominant players in NBA history. He still holds numerous all-time records, including scoring, rebounding and average points per game. “Wilt the Stilt”, who stands at 7’1″, is still the only player to score 100 points in a single game. He […]

Black History Month: George Washington Carver

Scientist, inventor, and educator George Washington Carver and his work has probably been overlooked more than any other figure in American history. The alternative foods and other products that he created from the peanut were very instrumental to the reshaping of Reconstruction Era America. He developed over 300 non food products from peanuts, including cosmetics, […]

15,000 Abraham Lincoln Book Tower

  On Display soon at the new Ford Theatre Center for Education and Leadership in Washington, DC is this 34-foot pillar that includes over 15,000 unique titles about the United State’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. The museum  opens on Presidents Day.

Black History Month: The Source Celebrates Frederick Douglass

Born a slave in Maryland around 1818, Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey never knew the actual date of his birth. It was widely believed that his father was also his owner. The institution of slavery did not permit the enslaved to know about their past, but the man who later became known as Frederick Douglass chose […]

Black History Month: Celebrating Rube Foster

Born Andrew Foster in Calvert, Texas on September 17, 1879, Hall of Fame baseball player, manager, and pioneer “Rube” Foster organized the National Association of Colored Professional Baseball Clubs, better known as the Negro Leagues, in Kansas City, Missouri on this date in 1920. Foster is known as the “father of Black baseball”. Two other […]

Black History: The Source Celebrates the NAACP

When six Black people were killed and 200 others were driven out of town by whites during the race riots in Springfield, Illinois in 1908, some Americans were shocked because they associated such racism only with the south. A group of social scientists, including W.E.B. DuBois, issued a call for a national conference on “the […]

Black History: The Source Celebrates Alex Haley

World famous journalist and history’s best selling Black author Alex Haley was born Alexander Murray Palmer Haley in Ithaca, New York on August 11, 1921. Haley began his writing career as a senior editor for Reader’s Digest shortly after retiring from the Coast Guard in 1959. He conducted the very first interview for Playboy magazine, […]