One segment of the site that has garnered increased attention is our Black History postings. Listing pivotal moments of achievements, events, birthdays and even tragedy regarding African-Americans, it has been both a rewarding and informative project to undertake.
NewsOne takes a look back at 10 heavily discussed Black History moments of 2012.
1. Slave Gabriel Prosser’s Thwarted Revolt Happened On This Day In 1800 (originally published Aug. 30) – The story of the botched revolt of slave and blacksmith Gabriel Prosser was especially resonant, considering that his story has hardly been told. The annals of history would certainly have been altered if Prosser wasn’t betrayed by the very people he sought to liberate.
2. Nat Turner Led Southampton Slave Rebellion On This Day In 1831 (originally published 8/21) – Nat Turner and the tales of his infamous rebellion have been told in times past, but the posting inspired some great comments from our readers. Commentator Black Heywood dropped some especially poignant jewels at several points, including this one: “We are the only group of Americans who seek the approval of White folks to celebrate what is our history.”
3. 1st African American Designs U.S. Mint Coin 66 Years Ago Today (originally published 8/7) – Some posts highlighted individuals who are largely obscure in the realm of Black History. One such person was Isaac Scott Hathaway, a sculptor responsible for designing the first U.S. Mint coin 66 years ago.
4. Teen Emmett Till Victim Of Kidnapping, Brutal Murder On This Day In 1955 (originally published 8/28) – The details surrounding the tragic and still bone chilling case of the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till would rendered even the most loquacious person speechless. The horrible, racially motivated crime became a galvanizing moment in the growing Civil Rights Movement. The assailants would die sick and alone, pride fully justified in the murder of Till.
5. Opelousas Massacre Occurred On This Date In 1868, Hundreds Of Blacks Slain Over Voting Rights (originally published 9/28) – The Opelousas Massacre in Louisiana was shared over 2000 times via our Facebook page, sparking several streams of discussion surrounding the horrific event where hundreds of Blacks were slain simply for wanting to take part in democracy and exercise their right to vote.