African Americans have overcome unthinkable struggles and reached proud triumphs throughout our history — but imagine what those achievements would look like reflected through the platform of today's social media. Here are some of black history's most famous moments, reimagined in 140 characters or less.
@HonestAbe Good lookin' out on the Proclamation. Now let's talk about those union and border states.
So psyched. I still have three bars even though I'm "underground," LOLz!
Had a vision from God last night. No way this ends badly.
I can't believe @TJefferson is denying paternity. Come on, Tom, you know these are your kids! #yesidid
Got booed at #suffrage convention and had to shut 'em down. Weaker sex? Please.
George Washington Carver
Major #FAIL on potato experiment. Will try peanuts next.
Madam C.J. Walker
Sigh. When are we gonna move past this? RT @RaceMan: @MadamCJ Don't remove the kinks from your hair; remove them from your brain!!!
Just unveiled our red, black and green @UNIA flag. Hope it catches on!
Zora Neale Hurston
#FollowFriday My fellow Harlem artists! @LangstonHughes @ClaudeMcKay @BillieHoliday @PaulRobeson @RomareBearden @LenaHorne @LouisArmstrong
#MusicMonday Check out my girl, Ella Fitzgerald — "(If You Can't Sing It) You'll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini)" http://goo.gl/0Indn
W.E.B. Du Bois
A man was lynched today, and #AmosnAndy is a trending topic? Let's step our game up, Talented Tenth.
Just tried on my new banana skirt. They're gonna love it @FoliesBergere!
Crowd of 75,000 at Lincoln Memorial. Nervous, but determined.
So happy I won! (But side eye goes to the #oscars for making me use the back entrance.)
Named MVP with 124 runs this year. Suddenly hearing fewer claims that baseball is a white man's game. #howyoulikemenow
If I never read another description of me as a "tired, dignified seamstress," it will be TOO SOON.
I just checked into Mecca (Saudi Arabia w/ @AbdulAzziz and 596,544 others) on @foursquare.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Rally at the Lincoln Memorial on Wed! Plan to come early — we're expecting a pretty big turnout. #jobsandfreedom
I just became the mayor of the U.S. Supreme Court on @foursquare!
For the record, y'all: The lyric is "Excuse me while I kiss THE SKY."
Huey P. Newton
Manned the free breakfast program and patrolled the neighborhood for police brutality — all while keeping the Afro fresh!
Ready or not, America: I'm running for president! Are my sisters with me? #chisholm72