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Throughout history, African Americans have invented important, useful and fun devices. From Lewis Howard Latimer to Madame C.J. Walker, blacks have made a large number of contributions to  American culture.  Many modern conveniences and necessities are a derivative of, or the inventions of black inventors: blood banks, the refrigerator, the electric trolley, the dust pan,…

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Born into slavery on March 3, 1836 in Alabama to a slave, Jefferson Long was the second African American elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Long served less than three months—the shortest term of any African-American member. During the 1850s, his slave-holder family moved from Knoxville to Macon, taking Long with them. There, Long…

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It is undoubtly reasonable to suggest that the Emancipation Proclamation is one of the most important documents in the history of the United States. The Emancipation Proclamation — enacted 150 years ago on Jan. 1, 2013, represented the beginning of the end for slavery in the United States.

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With the recent attention paid to the fiscal cliff and now the anticipated political battle over raising the debt ceiling, African Americans must start learning more about economics. Our community has produced a vast amount of scholars and scientists, including economists. Here are five that we should all take a little time to get to…

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