Explore a selection of ancestral stories and videos of African American ancestors.  Many stories of the African American also called Black American or Afro American struggle for freedom which is way too often left from our school history books. We celebrate the many African American unsung heroes and heroines who contributed to history in American and around the world.

We honor an amazing American professional baseball player who became the first Black American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era. Robinson broke the color line when…
Compiled by I Love Ancestry based on materials from Wikipedia, and PBS Dred Scott was an enslaved African in the United States who unsuccessfully sued for his freedom and that…
Honoring Lamar "Ditney" Smith who was murdered in Mississippi. (1892 – August 13, 1955). One of many unsung heroes who died so we could vote...Lamar Smith, a 63 year old…
Althea Gibson, a professional tennis player Althea Gibson was the first Black American tennis player to win Wimbledon (in 1957) and the U.S. Open (in 1958). Aside from her success,…
Dangerfield Newby, The Real Django (1815 – 1859) was the oldest of John Brown's raiders, one of five black raiders, and the first of his men to die at Harpers…
American Heroine, Harriet Tubman, known as "Moses," after the biblical hero who delivered the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt, Harriet Tubman was the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad.…
The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther. On December 4th, 1969, Chicago police raided Fred Hampton's apartment, shot and killed him…
"Paul Robeson at 100 years" by William Loren Katz On April 9, 1898 Paul Robeson was born to a family steeped in resistance. His father had escaped from slavery. Young…
Fredi Washington was an accomplished Black American dramatic film actress, one of the first to gain recognition for her work in film and on stage. She was active during the…
Born Sarah Tanner Mossell, this inspiring woman achieved a lot of firsts in her life. A life-long champion of civil rights and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race or…
Alvin Ailey was an amazing American choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City, NY. When Mr. Ailey began creating dances, he drew…
Born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, Missouri, the Extraordinary Josephine Baker was an American-born French dancer, singer, actress, civil rights activist and spy. Baker was the first Black American…
Carter Woodson was an inspiring American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the "Association for the Study of African-American Life and History". Woodson was among the first scholars to…
Coretta Scott King was one of the most influential women leaders in our world. Prepared by her family, education, and personality for a life committed to social justice and peace,…
Based on materials from Wikipedia. James Mercer Langston Hughes was an inspiring American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new…