Tag Archives: Black History

IPR is featuring some of the many Black American pioneers and landmark events to celebrate Black History Month. Plessy v. Ferguson was a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1896 that upheld the constitutionality of racial segregation under the “separate but equal” doctrine. The case stemmed from an 1892 incident in which Homer Plessy, who was seven-eighths … Continue reading Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)

IPR is featuring some of the many Black American pioneers and landmark events to celebrate Black History Month. Born in Atlanta, Texas on January 26, 1892, Bessie Coleman was the first African American and Native American female pilot. Her mother, Susan Coleman, was an African American maid, and her father George Coleman was a sharecropper of mixed Native … Continue reading Pioneer Bessie Coleman (1892-1926)

IPR is featuring some of the many Black American pioneers and modern-day heroes to celebrate Black History Month. Joseph Varney Baker was born on Aug. 20, 1908, in Abbeville, South Carolina. Baker moved to Philadelphia as a teenager, graduated from Central High School, and went on to study journalism at Temple University. His career began as … Continue reading Pioneer Joseph Varney Baker (1908-1993)

IPR is featuring some of the many Black American pioneers and modern-day heroes to celebrate Black History Month. Maggie Lena Walker was born to enslaved parents on July 15, 1864, in Richmond, Virginia. After the Civil War, her mother worked as a laundress and her father as a butler in a popular Richmond hotel. She attended … Continue reading Pioneer Maggie Lena Walker (1864-1934)