Nation Built on Slavery & Racism

Slavery made America wealthy, and racist policies since have blocked African American wealth-building. Can we calculate the economic damage?

Dr. Ruth Simmons: First African-American woman to lead an Ivy League universityDr. Ruth Simmons is not your average academic. In 2001, Simmons was named president of Brown University—the first African-American woman to be at the helm of an Ivy League university. Immediately prior to taking over at Brown, Simmons served as president of another prestigious school, the Seven-Sister institution Smith College.Simmons did not have an easy path to academic super-stardom. One of 11 children born to…

Ruth Simmons: First African-American woman to lead an Ivy League university. In Simmons was named president of Brown University. Immediately prior to taking over at Brown, Simmons served as president of the Seven-Sister institution Smith College.

LOUISE BEAVERS (1902 - 1962) an African-American film and television actress. Beavers appeared in dozens of films from the 1920s to the 1930s, most often in the role of a maid, servant, or slave. Wikipedia

Louise Beavers 1902 - an African-American film and television actress. Beavers appeared in dozens of films from the to the most often in the role of a maid, servant, or slave.

Frederick Douglass “Fritz” Pollard, of Brown University, becomes the 1st African American running back named to Walter Camp’s All-American team. Pollard was the 1st African American head coach in the National Football League (NFL). Pollard along with Bobby Marshall were the 1st two African American ...Frederick Douglass “Fritz” Pollard, of Brown University, becomes the 1st African American running back named to Walter Camp’s All-American team. Pollard was the 1st African American head coach…

Frederick Douglass “Fritz” Pollard, of Brown University, becomes the African American running back named to Walter Camp’s All-American team.

Many wealthy African Americans have made immense contributions to businesses across The United States especially Hollywood. They have done a lot of money aMany wealthy African Americans have made immense contributions to businesses across The United States

Many wealthy African Americans have made immense contributions to businesses across The United States especially Hollywood.

Kappa Alpha Psi member Shannon Faulk named first African American board president of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Kappa Alpha Psi member Shannon Faulk named first African American board president of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Jermain Loguen was an African-American abolitionist, bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and author of a slave narrative. Loguen was born to an enslaved woman named Cherry in Davidson County, Tennessee, and aJermain Loguen was an African-American abolitionist, bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and author of a slave narrative. Loguen was born to an enslaved woman named Cherry in Davidson County, Tennessee, and a white man. At the age of 21, he escaped…

Jermain Loguen was an African-American abolitionist, bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and author of a slave narrative. Loguen was born to an enslaved woman named Cherry in Davidson County, Tennessee, and aJermain Loguen was an African-American abolitionist, bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and author of a slave narrative. Loguen was born to an enslaved woman named Cherry in Davidson County, Tennessee, and a white man. At the age of 21, he escaped…

In 1952, Ruby McCollum, the wealthiest African-American woman in Live Oak, murdered the town’s beloved doctor, a white man named Leroy Adams.  She said it was the only way she knew to end six years of rape.  The case would help show that a persistent form of bondage plagued the South for a century after the Civil War — “paramour rights,” the assumption that white men had a right to use African-American women for sex.

The Silencing of Ruby McCollum: Race, Class, and Gender in the South: Tammy D…

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