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Learn more about African American contributions, culture and more - simply scroll down for downloadable history quizzes, interesting facts and monthly recipes!

Soul food has been present in the United States for centuries. The term references ethnic cuisine that is traditionally prepared and eaten by African Americans. To understand how this style of cooking originated, we look back at American slavery. During this time in American history, African slaves, if fortunate, were given the ‘leftover’ or the ‘undesirable’ portions of meat from their masters and they prepared the food to be as tasty as possible. Following slavery, many were poor and could still only afford the portions of meat that the wealthy would never consider eating. Today, this food tradition continues in many African American families.

We currently offer a Heritage Calendar full of historical information about African Americans and their significant contributions. To find out how you can purchase our Heritage Calendar, contact us at info@africanamericaninc.com. See a sample of the calendar below -

Heritage Calendar

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Did You Know...

Katherine G. Johnson, an African American NASA mathematician, calculated the flight path for the first American mission in space?  Go see the movie Hidden Figures to learn more about her contributions to the space program!

Dr. Mae Jemison became the first African American woman to travel in space in 1992?

African American cyclist, Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor won the world 1-mile track cycling championship in 1899, becoming the first African American athlete to achieve the level of world champion?

Elizabeth Freeman, known as Mum Bett, was the first slave to successfully sue for her freedom in Brom and Bett v. Ashley in 1781?

Phillis Wheatley was born on August 5, 1753 in Senegambia, Africa, sold into slavery and transported to North America where she learned to read and write and eventually published a book of poetry (1773) becoming the first published Black woman in America?

The Gullah people, descendants of enslaved Africans, still live in the Lowcountry areas of South Carolina and Georgia?

Matthew Henson was a merchant seaman and explorer, braving sub-zero temperatures and extreme conditions to become co-discoverer of the North Pole?

Joe Gans, known as the "Old Master", was the first African American to win a World Boxing Championship in 1902?

Oprah Winfrey was actually named 'Orpah' after a biblical figure in the book of Ruth, however, people often mispronounced her name and 'Oprah' stuck?

Bessie Coleman was the first African American woman to stage a public flight in America...the year was 1922?

Ivey Hayes, a prolific artist, was born in the coastal region of North Carolina in 1948 and is the artist featured in our Heritage Calendar?

Resources

National Museum of African American History and Culture
National Civil Rights Museum
The Library of Congress
Muhammad Ali Center
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center
United Negro College Fund

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