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On This Day In Black History Feb 6 - Remembering the historic journey of 86 freed slaves from New York to Libe (644 hits)
Remembering the historic journey of 86 freed slaves from New York to Liberia in 1820 t has been described as the first organized Black emigration back to Africa.This began on February 6, 1820, when 86 freed black slaves left New York Harbour abo ...
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On This Day In Black History Feb 3 - Geraldine McCullough Wins Widener Gold Medal (188 hits)
GERALDINE MCCULLOUGH Renowned sculptor and painter Geraldine McCollough was born Geraldine Hamilton on December 1, 1917 in Kingston, Arkansas, and raised in Chicago from the time she was three years old. McCullough attended the Art Institute of Ch ...
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On This Day In Black History Feb 3 - Black Woman and Her Children Sentenced to Die for Defending Themselves (180 hits)
On February 3, 1948, Rosa Lee Ingram, a Black woman, and two of her children, Wallace, 17, and Sammie Lee, 14, were convicted by an all-white jury in a one-day trial in Ellaville, Georgia. The three family members were sentenced to death by electric ...
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On This Day In Black History Feb 2 - William Ellisworth Artis (107 hits)
William Ellisworth Artis (February 2, 1914 – April 3, 1977) was an African-American sculptor, whose favorite medium was clay. The freedom of modeling gave him a broad range of expression. During the latter part of his life, he began to focus on pot ...
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On This Day In Black History Feb 2 - Anne Raven Wilkinson (167 hits)
Anne Raven Wilkinson (February 2, 1935 – December 17, 2018) was an American dancer who is credited with having been the first African-American woman to dance for a major classical ballet company. Wilkinson broke the color barrier in 1955 when she s ...
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(1955) Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., "Speech on Civil Rights" (172 hits)
On February 2, 1955, New York Representative Adam Clayton Powell, then one of only three African Americans in the U.S. Congress, rose to argue that his colleagues should support two pending civil rights bills then before the House of Representative ...
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On This Day In Black History Jan 29 - Oprah Winfrey (206 hits)
Oprah Gail Winfrey (/ˈoʊprə/; born Orpah Gail Winfrey; January 29, 1954), also known mononymously as Oprah, is an American talk show host, television producer, actress, author, and media proprietor. She is best known for her talk s ...
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On This Day In Black History Jan 24 - Tatyana Ali (219 hits)
Tatyana Marisol Ali (born January 24, 1979) is an American actress and singer best known for her role as Ashley Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 1990 to 1996. She starred as Tyana Jones on the TV One original series Love That ...
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On This Day In Black History Jan 24 - Thurgood Marshall (146 hits)
Thurgood Marshall was the first African American Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Marshall was also famous for his historic victory on the ‘Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka’ Case, which ended the racial segregation of publ ...
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On This Day In Black History Jan 23 - (1862) John S. Rock, “A Deep and Cruel Prejudice” (168 hits)
New Jersey-born John Sweat Rock was one of the first African American dentists in the United States. He was also a medical doctor and in 1861, after studying law, was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1861. On January 23, 1862, Rock addressed th ...
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On This Day In Black History Jan 23 - Paul Robeson (159 hits)
Paul Robeson was an American singer, actor, civil rights activist, and college football player. He was exceptionally famous for his political views on anti-imperialism, communism, and the United States Government. Paul Leroy Robeson was born on ...
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On This Day In Black History Jan 23 - Smith, Amanda (1837-1915) (162 hits)
African American holiness evangelist and missionary Amanda Berry was born into slavery at Long Green, Maryland. She was married in 1854 to Calvin M. Devine and her conversion followed two years later. After her husband died in the Civil War, she ...
Posted Tuesday, January 23rd 2024 at 6:12PM
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On This Day In Black History Jan 22 - Dexter Scott King, younger son of Martin Luther King Jr., dies at 62 (169 hits)
The third and youngest of the Civil Rights icon’s four children, he was in charge of the family’s estate. Dexter King, the youngest son of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and Coretta Scott King, has died after a battle with prostate cancer, The Kin ...
Posted Monday, January 22nd 2024 at 7:08PM
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On This Day In Black History Jan 22 - Sam Cooke (176 hits)
Legendary recording artist Sam Cooke was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi. “Considered by many to be the definitive soul singer, Cooke blended sensuality and spirituality, sophistication and soul, movie-idol looks and gospel-singer poise,” the Rock ...
Posted Monday, January 22nd 2024 at 6:49PM
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On This Day In Black History - Jan 20 - Maya Angelou Inaugural Poem (197 hits)
“ON THE PULSE OF MORNING” by Maya Angelou written: Spoken at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, January 20, 1993. A Rock, A River, A Tree Hosts to species long since departed, Marked the mastodon, The dinosaur, who left dried tokens Of ...
Posted Saturday, January 20th 2024 at 1:03PM
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On this Day In Black History Jan 19 - Mason, Bridget "Biddy" (207 hits)
Mason, Bridget "Biddy" (1818 - 1891) Bridget “Biddy” Mason, born a slave in Mississippi in 1818, achieved financial success that enabled her to support her extended family for generations despite the fact that she was illiterate. In a landmark c ...
Posted Friday, January 19th 2024 at 2:57PM
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On This Day In Black History Jan 19 - Clifford Alexander Jr. named Secretary of the U.S. Army, (194 hits)
Clifford Alexander Jr. named Secretary of the U.S. Army, the first African-American person to hold the title. Clifford Alexander Jr. was named Secretary of the U.S. Army by President Jimmy Carter on this day. He was the first African-American to ...
Posted Friday, January 19th 2024 at 2:29PM
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On This Day In Black History Jan 19 - Reggae artist Bob Marley (325 hits)
Reggae artist Bob Marley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Jan. 19, 1994. For many Americans, the name Marley is synonymous with reggae, a genre that originated in Jamaica in the '60s. Bob Marley's mastery of the music led him ...
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On This Day In Black History Jan 18 - This Day in Black History: Jan. 18, 1858 (180 hits)
Daniel Hale Williams made history as the first person to perform a successful open-heart surgery. He was born on Jan. 18, 1858, in Hollidaysburg, Pennyslvania. As a Black doctor, Williams made it his mission to provide opportunities for other Afric ...
Posted Thursday, January 18th 2024 at 7:29PM
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On This Day In Black History Jan 18 - VP Kamala Harris Says She Is ‘Scared as Heck’ of a Trump Election Victor (212 hits)
The vice president expressed her concerns during an appearance on ABC’s ‘The View’ The prospects of another Donald Trump presidency does not sit well with Vice President Kamala Harris, The Hill reports. During an appearance on ABC’s The View ...
Posted Thursday, January 18th 2024 at 12:03PM
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This Day in Black History: Jan. 18, 1958 (215 hits)
On January 18, 1958, hockey player Willie O’Ree of the Boston Bruins becomes the first African-American to play in the National Hockey League in a game against the Montreal Canadiens. Since 2007, there have been 40 Black players in the history of ...
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On This Day In Black History Jan 17 - PAUL CUFFE (211 hits)
Paul Cuffe, also known as Paul Cuffee (January 17, 1759 – September 7, 1817) was an African American businessman, whaler and abolitionist. Born free into a multiracial family on Cuttyhunk Island, Massachusetts, Cuffe became a successful merchant an ...
Posted Wednesday, January 17th 2024 at 11:56AM
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On This Day In Black History Jan 17 - Muhammad Ali (394 hits)
Muhammad Ali (/ɑːˈliː/; born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.; January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an American professional boxer and activist. Nicknamed "the Greatest", he is regarded as one of the most significant sports figures of ...
Posted Wednesday, January 17th 2024 at 11:44AM
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On This Day In Black History Jan 17 - James Earl Jones (222 hits)
James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931) is an American actor. He has been described as "one of America's most distinguished and versatile" actors for his performances on stage and screen, and "one of the greatest actors in American history". His d ...
Posted Wednesday, January 17th 2024 at 11:34AM
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On This Day In Black History Jan 15 - Burris, Roland (1937- ) (185 hits)
On January 15, 2009 Roland Wallace Burris was sworn in as the U.S. Senator from Illinois. Burris’s appointment made him the third African American U.S. Senator from the state and the sixth black U.S. Senator in the history of the United States. T ...
Posted Monday, January 15th 2024 at 11:35AM
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