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Elijah McCoy Inventor(1844-1929)

By OV Staff Elijah McCoy studied mechanical engineering in Scotland, then worked for the Michigan Central Railroad. He invented an automatic lubricating system for steam engines that enabled railroads to

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By David A. Anderson, Ph.D It was a somewhat mild February day in 1960. Still, scarves were tucked inside the zipped up jackets of the 60 or so people walking

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African American Man

At OVTM, we frequently see interesting photos that give us a glimpse into the past. They tend to show us a piece of black history that is often not covered

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Vertner Woodson Tandy: First Black Registered Architect in New York State

Posted by Jae Jones – Vertner Woodson Tandy was an American architect. He was one of the seven founders of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at Cornell University in 1906. He

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“The Negro Einstein”

  Not very much is known of his early childhood in New Orleans,but what is known are the achievements he would make in the later years to come. Born to Louis

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George Washington Carver

Scientist and Educator (1864-1943) George Washington Carver was a renowned educator and inventor who devoted his life to improving the lives of others. He taught: “When you do the common

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Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm was an American politician, educator, and author. In 1968, she became the first black woman elected to Congress, where she represented New York’s 12th Congressional

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‘I Am Not Your Negro’ and the Limits of White Imagination

Has cinema become the de facto leader of the Black community? It would certainly seem so. After watching months of the new president entertain a Black “Celebrity Apprentice,” litany of

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First Black Female Pilot Bessie Coleman Honored with Google Doodle

  By Kiersten Willis Google released a doodle celebrating the life and career of Bessie Coleman, who became the first Black female pilot in 1921. On what would have been her


Remembering the Rochester Riots of 1964

~By Verdis L. Robinson July 1964 was a historical month as President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law. On July 2, 1964, Jim

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During the Jim Crow Era, Blacks Used ‘The Green Book’ to avoid being harassed by Whites when they traveled

    As we are in full swing of the holiday season, millions of Americans are traveling throughout the country. Not so long ago, traveling while Black was a treacherous

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Rep. John Lewis gets his closeup in new PBS documentary

By Charles Barton,   Georgia congressman John Lewis, who made headlines Friday for questioning the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s standing as incoming president, will be the subject of a just-announced

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U.S. Mint Unveils First Coin Featuring A Black Woman

We’re moving on up, y’all. Just like the Prince of Zamunda, we have our own face on some currency … Well, actually someone who looks like us. The U.S. Mint

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Harriet Tubman Gets ‘Long Overdue’ Honor of New York National Park

By Kiersten Willis The Harriet Tubman National Park has been officially established in Auburn, N.Y., in honor of the fearless Black abolitionist who led hundreds of enslaved Africans to freedom.


Motown Records

  Motown Records is founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1959. The record label would launch dozens of black megastars including, Michael Jackson, Gladys Knight and Lionel Richie.