By Ebony F.
Published February 13, 2017

11 Magnificent Black Moments In Recent History That Changed Our World

Every now and then you get to bare witness to a magnificent, paradigm shifting moment.

Here are 11 magnificent moments in recent history that forever changed us.


Barack Obama Steps on the scene.

Then Senator Obama delivered an inspiring, impassioned speech at the DNC.



Simone came to affirm, praise and love on our blackness. Her timeless music still does just that.



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Jesse Williams gives THEE speech.

At The BET Awards, Williams delivered an EPIC speech that set the world on fire.


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Amandla Stenberg vs appropriation.

Stenberg spoke for every Black person who's been ridiculed for their features.


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Marvin Gaye asks "What's Going On?"

Gaye left the formulaic Motown hit machine and released a socially conscious album.


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The Oprah Winfrey Show Is syndicated.

The barrier-breaking media-mogul expanded the consciousness of the world.


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1968 Olympics Black power salute.

Sprinters, Tommie Smith and John Carlos faced after raising their fist during medal ceremony.


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Halle Berry's Oscar win.

Berry made history as the first black actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actress.


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Colin Kaepernick takes a knee.

The San Francisco 49er began sitting out the national anthem to protest against police brutality.


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James Baldwin schools Cambridge.

Baldwin answers the question: "Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?"


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Michelle Obama takes "high road."

Obama managed to succinctly articulate the Obama’s eight years in office.


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The way our melanin is set up, there is just way too much #BlackExcellence to capture in one list.

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