Category: ANCESTRY

George Stinney: The Legal Murder of a Young Boy (1944)

A 14 yrs old boy being ‘legally’ electrocuted cannot be erased, should never be forgotten, and are an important chapter in the story of Black America.  Never Forget. The Legal Murder of George Stinney, US of A’s youngest person executed in the 20th century. Cases like George Stinney’s will forever haunt the American legacy. 70 […]

Chief Taoyateduta ‘Little Crow’ and the Dakota War of 1862

Chief Ta-Oyate-Duta “Little Crow” (c.1810 – July 3, 1863), Dakota was the eldest son of Big Thunder also named Little Crow. It was on account of his father’s name, mistranslated Crow, that he was called by the whites “Little Crow.” His real name was Taoyateduta, His Red People. He was the Dakota Chief who led […]

Chief Gall, Hunkpapa Lakota Leader (c.1840 – 1894)

“Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains” by Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa) Chief Gall, Hunkpapa Lakota was one of the most aggressive leaders of the Sioux nation in their last stand for freedom. The westward pressure of civilization during the past three centuries has been tremendous. When our hemisphere was “discovered”, it had been inhabited by the […]

Black Panther Party Founder Huey Newton’s Pro-Gay Speech (1970)

Huey P. Newton speech on August 15th, 1970 for The Women’s Liberation and the Gay Equality Movement still resonates now more than ever. Huey P. Newton, founder of the Black Panther Party spoke, just a year after the infamous Stonewall Riots in New York City between Gays and the Police. It is believed that he wrote this speech in an attempt to […]

Vine Deloria, Jr. Lakota & Dakota Historian, Activist (1933 – 2005)

Vine Deloria Jr. (Mar. 26, 1933 – Nov. 13, 2005) was a Lakota and Dakota author, theologian, historian, and activist. He burst into the American consciousness in 1969 with his book “Custer Died for Your Sins” and later amplified his message through 20 more books about the American Indian experience which helped generate national attention […]

Margaret George Brown, Catawba Elder (1837 – 1922)

Margaret George Brown, a Catawba Elder was one of the last person in South Carolina to raise her children to speak the Catawba language. (July 4, 1837 – August 9, 1922) Margaret lived on the Catawba Indian Nation reservation near Rock Hill her entire life. Her status as one of the last speakers of the […]

Dick Gregory, A Real Inspiration and True Warrior (1932 – 2017)

  Richard Claxton ‘Dick’ Gregory (October 12, 1932 – August 19, 2017) was an influential comedian and civil rights activist whose social satire changed the way white Americans perceived African American comedians since he first performed in public. His participation in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s is well-documented, as are his efforts on […]

Bill Pickett, Inventor of Bulldogging, Legendary Cowboy (1870 – 1932)

Bill Pickett, the inventor of bulldogging, was a legendary cowboy of African and Cherokee heritage. Honoring the irrevocable connections to our ancestors. Bill Pickett (Dec. 5, 1870 – Apr. 2, 1932) began his career as a cowboy while in grade school. Pickett soon began giving exhibitions of his roping, riding, and bulldogging skills. He became […]

Janet McCloud, Tulalip Leader, Fishing Rights Activist (1934 – 2003)

Yet Si Blue “the woman who talks”, also know as Janet McCloud and born into the family of Chief Seattle was a prominent Tulalip and indigenous peoples activist. (Mar. 30, 1934 – Nov. 25, 2003) Janet McCloud’s activism helped lead to the 1974 Boldt Decision, for which she was dubbed, “The Rosa Parks of the […]

Sadie Alexander, Civil Rights Champion (1898 – 1989)

Born Sarah Tanner Mossell, this inspiring woman, Sadie Alexander achieved a lot of firsts in her life. Sadie Alexander (Jan. 2, 1898 – Nov. 1, 1989) A life-long champion of civil rights and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race or gender, was a leader in the legal, political and civic arenas of her day. […]

Buffalo Child Long Lance, A Brilliant Human Being (1890 – 1932)

A Brilliant human being, of African, Native & Caucasian heritage that taught society, how foolish it is to judge a human being by their ethnicity. Watch video at the bottom of article “Long Lance” by Bernie Dichek (1986) 55 min Sadly, the culture that Long Lance lived in was not ready for that message. Born […]

Chief Red Cloud, Oglala Lakota Leader (c.1820 – 1909)

Maȟpíya Lúta aka Red Cloud: “Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains” by Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa) (c. 1820 – December 10, 1909) Red Cloud was born about 1820 near the forks of the Platte River. He was one of a family of nine children whose father, an able and respected warrior, reared his son under the […]

Dangerfield Newby, The Real Django (1815 – 1859)

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 Ferry, Virginia. Born as enslaved African in Fauquier County, Virginia, Newby married a woman also enslaved. Newby was later freed by his Scottish father, but […]

Legendary Marlon Brando, American Actor and Activist (1924 – 2004)

American Hero and Extraordinary Human Being, Marlon Brando was one of the first actor-activists to march for Black American and American Indian rights. Video Playlist Below (Apr. 3, 1924 – Jul. 1, 2004) He spoke out against racism often and forcefully. He marched in demonstrations. And he gave money to civil rights groups. The Brando […]

Edmonia Lewis, Haitian and Ojibwe Sculptor (1844 – 1907)

Mary Edmonia Lewis was a talented American sculptor of African/Haitian and Ojibwe heritage. (July 4, 1844–September 17, 1907) She is the first credited African Native American female sculptor in the U.S. Lewis who gained fame and recognition as a sculptor in the international fine arts world. Lewis was inspired by the lives of abolitionists and […]

Tatanka Iyotake (Sitting Bull), Hunkpapa Lakota Holy Man

Tatanka Iyotake, Sitting Bull, “Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains” by Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa) Tatanka Iyotake, Sitting Bull (1831 – December 15, 1890), Hunkpapa Lakota. It is not easy to characterize Sitting Bull, of all Sioux chiefs most generally known to the American people. There are few to whom his name is not familiar, and […]
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