Did you know The state of California is named after a black queen Califia. The majority of the founders of San Francisco, San Jose, Malibu, San Diego, Beverly Hills were all of Black descent. More info not taught in the school system
Anthony Bowen, who purchased his own freedom from slavery in Maryland, founded the first YMCA chapter for African Americans in 1853. This was one of the first organizations for African Americans. Bowen was an abolitionist and advised President Lincoln to enlist African American troops to fight in the civil war. He was also the first African American to work in the US Patent Office.