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10 People You Probably Didn't Know Were Black

Author Malcolm Gladwell speaks at The 2009 New Yorker Festival. Mike Coppola/Getty Images for The New Yorker

10 People You Probably Didn't Know Were Black

Michael Fosberg performing his one-man play "Incognito." Pete Zivkov/Flckr

Want to see what hate looks like? Here it is - Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, upon hearing that his photographer, Alfred Eisenstaedt, (famous photographer for Life Magazine,) was Jewish. On May 1st, 1945, when it became apparent even to him that Germany would lose the war, Joseph Goebbels gave poison to his six children, and then shot his wife and himself.

Massacre of the slaves who did not die in vain: THE ZONG BY JAMES WALVIN

Black hole: Slaves on The Zong lived in these conditions for a year before they even left the shores of Africa

Thomas Fuller; African slave and mathematician 1710-1790. | In most discussions of people with extraordinary powers of mental calculation, there is some mention of Thomas Fuller, an African, shipped to America in 1724 as a slave at the age of 14. He was born in 1710 Africa somewhere between present day Liberia and Benin. Late in his life his remarkable powers of calculation made him a tool of abolitionists due demonstrate blacks are not mentally inferior to whites. [Read more...]

October 16, 1859

October 16, 1859: Abolitionist John Brown leads 18 men in an attack on the Harpers Ferry armory. The raid to seize the weapons failed and Brown was captured, tried, and hung. At his trial, Brown said: "Now, if it is deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life for the furtherance of the ends of justice, and mingle my blood...with the blood of millions in this slave country whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments, I submit; so let it be done!"

The Gullah trace their heritage directly to the skilled rice farmers of Sierra Leone, West Africa. They were enslaved for these skills and forced to work on rice plantations in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. The swampy conditions made it uncomfortable for the plantation owners so they left the Gullah people mostly unattended. The isolation allowed Gullah dialect, customs and art to survive undiluted for 100 years. One of the hallmark's of Gullah culture is sweet grass basket "sewing."