Great Tweets in Black History

What would famous moments from our past look like in 140 characters or less?

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    Library of Congress; Library of Congress; National Portrait Gallery; Ed Ford/Library of Congress

    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.

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    Library of Congress

    Frederick Douglass

    @HonestAbe Good lookin’ out on the Proclamation. Now let’s talk about those union and border states.

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    H. Seymour Squyer/National Portrait Gallery

    Harriet Tubman

    So psyched. I still have three bars even though I’m “underground,” LOLz!

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    William Henry Shelton/Encyclopedia Virginia

    Nat Turner

    Had a vision from God last night. No way this ends badly.

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    Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson (Thinkstock)

    Sally Hemings

    I can’t believe @TJefferson is denying paternity. Come on, Tom, you know these are your kids! #yesidid

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    Randall Studio/National Portrait Gallery

    Sojourner Truth

    Got booed at #suffrage convention and had to shut ’em down. Weaker sex? Please.

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    Library of Congress

    George Washington Carver

    Major #FAIL on potato experiment. Will try peanuts next.

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    Addison Scurlock

    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!!!

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    George Grantham Bain Collection/Library of Congress

    Marcus Garvey

    Just unveiled our red, black and green @UNIA flag. Hope it catches on!

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    Library of Congress

    Zora Neale Hurston

    #FollowFriday My fellow Harlem artists! @LangstonHughes @ClaudeMcKay @BillieHoliday @PaulRobeson @RomareBearden @LenaHorne @LouisArmstrong

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    Roland Godefroy

    Dizzy Gillespie

    #MusicMonday Check out my girl, Ella Fitzgerald — “(If You Can’t Sing It) You’ll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini)”

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    C.M. Battey/Library of Congress

    W.E.B. Du Bois

    A man was lynched today, and #AmosnAndy is a trending topic? Let’s step our game up, Talented Tenth.

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    Rudolf Suroch

    Josephine Baker

    Just tried on my new banana skirt. They’re gonna love it @FoliesBergere!

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    Marian Anderson

    Crowd of 75,000 at Lincoln Memorial. Nervous, but determined.

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    Myra Wysinger

    Hattie McDaniel

    So happy I won! (But side eye goes to the #oscars for making me use the back entrance.)

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    Bob Sandberg, Look Magazine Collection/Library of Congress

    Jackie Robinson

    Named MVP with 124 runs this year. Suddenly hearing fewer claims that baseball is a white man’s game. #howyoulikemenow

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    Rosa Parks

    If I never read another description of me as a “tired, dignified seamstress,” it will be TOO SOON.

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    Ed Ford/Library of Congress

    Malcolm X

    I just checked into Mecca (Saudi Arabia w/ @AbdulAzziz and 596,544 others) on @foursquare.

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    Martin Luther King Jr.

    Rally at the Lincoln Memorial on Wed! Plan to come early — we’re expecting a pretty big turnout. #jobsandfreedom

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    Library of Congress

    Thurgood Marshall

    I just became the mayor of the U.S. Supreme Court on @foursquare!

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    Jimi Hendrix

    For the record, y’all: The lyric is “Excuse me while I kiss THE SKY.”

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    Malcolm X Files

    Huey P. Newton

    Manned the free breakfast program and patrolled the neighborhood for police brutality — all while keeping the Afro fresh!

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    Thomas J. O'Halloran/Library of Congress

    Shirley Chisholm

    Ready or not, America: I’m running for president! Are my sisters with me? #chisholm72