Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela (July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013) was a South African freedom fighter who became South Africa’s first democratically elected President (1994 to 1999). His leadership was fundamental in dismantling apartheid, and he won the Nobel Peace Prize …[Continue]

Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin (June 7, 1848 – May 8,1903) was a French Post-Impressionist artist recognized after his death for his use of colors and as a forerunner of the Symbolist movement. He was contemporary of Vincent Van Gogh, and his work …[Continue]

Memorial Day

American Flag for Memorial Day

Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day) was first observed in 1868 to honor the soldiers of the Civil War. Its origins can be traced back to General John A. Logan who proclaimed: “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated …[Continue]

California Gold Rush

California Gold Rush

A pea-sized gold nugget was unearthed at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California on January 24, 1848. Although the news did spread, Sam Brannan, a San Francisco newspaperman, is credited with starting the actual rush on May 12 when he walked …[Continue]

The Holocaust

The Holocaust

The Holocaust (1933 – 1945) was Nazi Germany’s state-sanctioned persecution of Europe’s Jews during World War II. Before the Allies conquered Adolph Hitler’s war machine, his “final solution” took the lives of six million European Jews. Holocaust Remembrance Day (also …[Continue]

American Presidents

American Presidents

Starting with George Washington, whose term began in 1789, there have been a total of forty-three individuals sworn into office and forty-four presidencies. The discrepancy is because Grover Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms, making him both the 22nd and the …[Continue]

Carter G. Woodson

Carter G. Woodson

Despite his humble beginnings, historian Carter G. Woodson (1875 – 1950), the son of slaves, earned a PhD. from Harvard. He is known as the father of Black History Month and for his scholarly work promoting the accomplishments of African …[Continue]