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Each episode of One Mic centers around little known events or persons from Black history selected for their effect on African Americans and American history.

Each episode of One Mic centers around little known events or persons from Black history selected for their effect on African Americans and American history.


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Each episode of One Mic centers around little known events or persons from Black history selected for their effect on African Americans and American history.






The Real Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall—perhaps best known as the first African American Supreme Court justice, He also had a profound contribution to the NAACP with his pursuit of racial justice and promoting racial equality during the civil rights movement. As a practicing attorney, Marshall argued a record-breaking 32 cases before the Supreme Court, winning 29 of them. During his 24-year term as Supreme Court justice, Marshall’s passionate support for individual and civil rights guided his policies and...


The History of Lynching in America

Lynching, a form of violence in which a mob, under the pretext of administering justice without trial, executes a presumed offender, often after inflicting torture and corporal mutilation. In the United States, lynchings of African Americans became frequent in the South during the period after the Reconstruction era till around the...


Live Episode: The New Negro Movement - Intelligent Speech Conference

The end of World War I fostered a new way of thinking for African Americans. Thousands of African Americans migrated from the Jim Crow South to the large industrial cities in the North. Within those cities, African Americans promoted a new sense of racial pride and economic independence, coined "The New Negro...


The Story of Juneteenth

Juneteenth is annual holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States, its a mix of June and Nineteenth, Originating in Galveston, Texas, it is now celebrated annually on June 19 throughout the United States, with increasing official recognition. It is commemorated on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865 announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom from slavery in Texas. Edit: This episode was...


The Tulsa Massacre Pt.3 - The Invasion of Greenwood and Aftermath

The entire 35 blocks of the Greenwood commercial district were completely destroyed. A total of 191 Black-owned businesses, several churches, a junior high school, and the district’s only hospital were lost. According to the Red Cross, 1,256 homes were burned with another 215 looted and vandalized. The Tulsa Real Estate Exchange estimated total real estate and personal property losses at $2.25 million, the equivalent of nearly $30 million in 2020. Audio Please support...


The Tulsa Massacre Pt.2 -The Spark

It was May, 30th 1921 and on this day Dick Rowland was on his way to the Drexel building. Which was mostly closed for the Memorial day holiday but the building had something that very few buildings in downtown Tulsa had. A colored restroom on the top floor, as Rowland walked toward the elevator. It was being operated by a 17 year old white woman by the name Sarah Page and he would step into history. Audio Please support our...


The Tulsa Massacre Pt.1 - The History of Black Wall St.

Greenwood was named the town after another town called Greenwood, Mississippi. The first store was a grocery store on the corner of Archer and Greenwood ave. The community continued to grow along Archer st. attracting a real estate developer, a dentist, a black physician and a even ministers. Little by little JB Stradford's vision of a black business district took shape along Archer st. In 1905 the first school for black children opened in a Baptist church and by the time Oklahoma was a...


Last Hired, First Fired - African Americans and The Great Depression

The Great Depression was the worst economic downturns in the industrialized world, While no group escaped the economic devastation of the Great Depression, few suffered more than African Americans. African Americans across the country already occupied a fragile position in the economy. By the late 1920s, the many African Americans toiled away as domestic servants, farmers, or service workers in jobs marked by low wages, weak job security, and questionable labor conditions. Approximately...


Hollywood vs Black History - The United States vs Billie Holiday

The United States vs. Billie Holiday is set primarily during the height of Holiday's career in the later period of the legendary jazz singer’s career up until her death in 1959. the movie draws from on Johann Hari’s bestseller Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, which tells stories from the early days of the war on drugs and those caught up in that fight. The movie touches specifically on the chapter about the federal agents who targeted Billie Holiday. Though...


The Tragic Life of Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday, one of the most famous of jazz singers of all time and was a superstar of her day. She first rose to prominence in the 1930’s with a unique style along with her emotional intensity, innovative techniques and touching songs reinvented the conventions of modern singing and performance but the Federal Government, self destructive personal struggles and substance abuse lend to her downfall. Website Please support our...


Pioneering Genius: The Life of Percy Levon Julian

This is a special collaboration with the Petri Dish Podcast, You can learn more about the scientific achievements of this pioneering chemist at the link below. Petri Dish Podcast: Percy Julian was a pioneering chemist who with only a 10th grade education went on to earn his Ph.D. His research into chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs was used to treat glaucoma and arthritis, although his race presented many challenges, he is regarded as one of the most...


The Origins of Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of the study and achievements of African Americans and a time when they weren't being recognized their central role in U.S. history. It was the predecessor to “Negro History Week,” which was the brainchild of the black historian Carter G. Woodson in 1915, In September Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, This organization was dedicated to researching and...


The Tuskegee Experiment

The Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male, was an unethical natural history study conducted between 1932 and 1972 by the United States Public Health Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Audio Please support our Patreon: Buy me a Coffee Sources: Bad blood by James H....


The Negro League: Part 4 - Major League Integration

The last episode in the 4 part series about the Negro Leagues, I discuss the peak of the Negro National League during World War 2 then the decline of the Negro Leagues after Jackie Robinson historic signing by the Brooklyn Dodgers leading to Major League Integration. Audio Please support our Patreon: Buy me a Coffee Sources: A complete history of the Negro leagues, 1884 to 1955 -...


The Life of Josh Gibson

Joshua Gibson was a Negro League catcher and one of the greatest home run hitters in the game’s history. Known as “the black Babe Ruth,” Gibson is considered to be one of the greatest player who never played in the major leagues. Audio: Please support our Patreon: Buy me a Coffee Sources A complete history of the Negro leagues, 1884 to 1955 by Mark...


The Life of Ma Rainey

If you enjoyed Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Now you can learn the true story about the women behind the play, Gertrude "Ma" Rainey. Listen to my new mini episode about the "Mother of the blues". Please support our Patreon: Buy me a Coffee Sources Mother of the Blues: A Study of Ma Rainey. by Sandra R....


The Negro League: Part 3 - The Legend of Satchel Paige

Just as Negro league baseball seemed to be at its lowest point and was about to fade into history, along came owners Cumberland Posey, Gus Greenlee and Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson because two the most marketable icons in all of black baseball. Podcast links: Please support our Patreon: Buy me a Coffee Sources: A complete history of the Negro leagues, 1884 to 1955 by Mark...


The Negro League: Part 2 - The legacy of Rube Foster

Rube Foster was an amazing pitcher but his role with the game was more than being a player he was the vision behind the first Negro League and ushered in the golden age of Black Baseball. Podcast links: Please support our Patreon: Buy me a Coffee Sources: A complete history of the Negro leagues, 1884 to 1955 by Mark...


The Negro League: Part 1 - The Amateur Era

Black Baseball got its start with amateur clubs and after the civil war the popularly of baseball exploded. Of course, black players were not able enjoy this boom with Black Players being banned in the major leagues and later in the minor leagues also. We chronicle the early history of black baseball from Bud Fowler to the Cuban Giants Podcast links: Please support our...


The Souls of Black Folks

This episode chronicles his life and legacy of W.E.B Du Bois, he spent 70 years of his life advocating for the advancement of African Americans. while he had philosophical disagreements with other African-American leaders and his ideas on how to advance African Americans would change drastically over his life time. he would never stop attempting to uplift his people. Podcast links: Please support our...