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TheGrio Reflects - Vonetta Flowers was the first African-American to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics.
THEGRIO REFLECTS - Hollywood granted a long-delayed wish to Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Oscar.
Marian Anderson died at the age of 96 in Portland, Oregon. The greatest singer of her day, she wanted to rent Constitution Hall for a concert, but the Daughters of the American Revolution refused. Eleanor Roosevelt arranged a concert...

On September 29, 1999 President William Jefferson Clinton honored singer Aretha Franklin for her great talent. Aretha Franklin was born to Reverend C.L. Franklin and Barbara Siggers Franklin in Memphis, Tennessee. In his speech, President Clinton said, “No matter...
A study was conducted by two communications professors at the University of Massachusetts, Sut Jhally and Justin Lewis. The professors wanted to ascertain the impact of “The Cosby Show” on its audience. Professor Lewis stated, “I guess there’s good news...
On February 7th, 1883, James Hubert “Eubie” Blake, pianist and composer, was born in Maryland the son of freed slaves. To put Eubie’s longevity in perspective he was about half the age of the United States; he lived through...

In an interview, Julius Erving discusses his motivation for his continued success. “Well I think right now I’m a young man in terms of my perspective about life. At 34 years of age, you know, you can’t think about just...
In 2001, Vanessa McCaskill joined the ranks of millions of African-American women diagnosed with breast cancer. “I was only 36-years-old. To hear the word ‘cancer,’ it was unreal,” said Ms. McCaskill. Statistics show that black women are less likely than...
After the Civil War, a group of influential Southerners promised that a “New South” would rise, complete with new industries, factories and railroad lines. Northern entrepreneurs began to pour money into Southern industry. Railroad companies laid more than 22,000 miles...

When the Civil War was over, Joe Davis who’s brother Jefferson was President of the defeated Confederacy, had to set his slaves free along with everyone else. Two slaves took freedom to mean they could do anything white people...