Welcome to the Wiki History podcast page. You will find great stories about African American history.  They are both inspirational and educational. You will learn history and how YOU can make history today and every day!

The Fight for the Right: Voting Rights in the United States

The Fight for the Right: Voting Rights in the United States

Violence was actually the principal means used to disenfranchise African Americans and to keep them from voting or running for elected office. The Ku Klux Klan (founded in Kentucky in 1866) was formed with the purpose of terrorizing African Americans who acquired economic and/or political power, particularly focusing on Blacks who tried to vote. But “citizens councils” and other groups used violence to disenfranchise African Americans.

African Americans in the Military: Contributions of Former Enslaved Persons

African Americans in the Military: Contributions of Former Enslaved Persons

These stories about African Americans in the military--their courage to face obstacles like racism, their determination to fight for their country and their freedom, their courage under fire whether it came from Nazis in 1944, from the Vietcong in 1969 or from other Americans, their honor in saving lives in their country and around the world—and inspire anyone to transcend any hardships and obstacles in one's one's own life.

Black Explorers: Adventures at the Mammoth Caves

Black Explorers: Adventures at the Mammoth Caves
  1. The Mammoth Caves are important for another reason. The stories of the African Americans (both enslaved and free) who came to live and work at the Mammoth Caves showed the society and times in which they lived. It showed the difficulties, the struggles, and the discrimination. But it also showed the triumphs, the courage and the great skills of both the enslaved and free people at the Caves. You’ll get more details about this, and get the heartwarming and frustrating stories at the Mammoth caves throughout this podcast. The caves really were a microcosm of the society and racial conditions at the time.

 

Black Explorers: Women taking the lead

Black Explorers: Women taking the lead

Upon her retirement, Barbara Hillary developed an interest in Arctic travel and exploration. She began with photographing polar bears in Canada but this only whets her appetite to go deeper into the Arctic regions. She set her sights on the North Pole.

Black Explorers: Going to the Congo!

Black Explorers: Going to the Congo!

Sheppard learned to speak the Kuba* language, which helped him to discover parts of the Congo region where no American or European had ever gone. Sheppard and his local Bakuba guide would go from village to village buying eggs at different markets. For three months, he bought and ate eggs and preached the gospel at every village where he stopped. Sheppard stayed and studied the culture and, because of his excellent language skills, he was welcomed into the villages by the local leaders.

Great Marches in U.S. History

Great Marches in U.S. History

Marches are often started by ordinary citizens—individuals who CARE about an issue and want other people and their government to know about it and DO something about it.

The Joy of Marching!

The Joy of Marching!

We will examine some marches from the past. Some of the marches are VERY famous and iconic. Others are not-so-famous or widely-known. However, the common thing about all of these marches is that they were very effective in achieving their goals.