How many of you would be surprised to know that real black American history includes a black American woman who fought against the constitutionality of slavery in the state of Massachusetts’ Supreme Court … in 1781 … and won? How many of you would be surprised to learn that Thurgood Marshall was not the first black American nominated Justice to the U.S Supreme Court … the same year the war between the states ended? Or how many of you would be stunned to know that the first blacks elected to the U.S Congress after the was between the states were 7 Republicans … from the south?
How can it be true that the black man could have only arrived in America as an unlearned slave when his presence is depicted throughout the Americas, as well as the world, long predating the 1700’s? How can it be that Blacks in America have held prominent positions throughout American history prior to Emancipation, and most Americans know him as a slave or impoverished second class citizen?