The Black American Glossary

Alphabetically preserved, artistically presented.

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Scatman Crothers Film & TV

Scatman Crothers

Benjamin Sherman Crothers, known professionally as Scatman Crothers, was an American actor and musician. He played Louie the Garbage Man on the TV show Chico and the Man and Dick Hallorann in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.

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Ethel Johnson Sports

Ethel Johnson

Ethel Blanche Hairston was an American professional wrestler whose ring name was Ethel Johnson. She debuted at age 16, becoming the first African-American women's wrestler. She was a fan favorite, billed as “the biggest attraction to hit girl wrestling since girl wrestling began.”

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Flip Wilson Arts

Flip Wilson

Clerow “Flip” Wilson Jr. was an American comedian and actor best known for his television appearances during the late 1960s and the 1970s. From 1970 to 1974, Wilson hosted his own weekly variety series, The Flip Wilson Show, and introduced viewers to his recurring character Geraldine.

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The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses established in the United States during the early to mid-19 century, and used by enslaved African-Americans to escape into free states and Canada. The scheme was assisted by abolitionists and others sympathetic to the cause of the escapees. Not literally a railroad but rather a secretly organized means of movement.

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1968 Olympics Black Power Salute

1968 Olympics Black Power Salute

During their medal ceremony in the Olympic Stadium in Mexico City on October 16, 1968, two African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos each raised a black-gloved fist during the playing of the US national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

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The Black American Glossary began in 2011 with the idea in spreading the knowledge of historical Black (African) American culture, covering almost all occupations and milestones ‐ from music to business to national events ‐ that hopes to aid in emphasizing the importance of a history typically only acknowledged during the month of February.

A history full of growth, perseverance, ideas, trial and error, and dedication. This site is also a salute to the pioneers who have paved the way for all people of color, regardless of race or religion… brought to you with an artistic touch.

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