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Harry P. Guy: One of Detroit’s Greatest Contributors to Ragtime Music

Feb 03, 2020 09:49 am

Harry P. Guy was one of Detroit’s greatest contributors to ragtime music. One of Guy’s earliest publications in Detroit was his often recorded Echoes from the Snowball Club from 1898, named after his own early musician’s union, and considered to be the first “rag-time waltz.” He was born in Zanesville Ohio and came to Detroit […]

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Flash Black Photo: African American woman wearing beaded dress, with hat

Feb 03, 2020 09:49 am

At Black Then, we frequently see interesting photos that give us a glimpse into the past. They tend to show us a piece of black history that is often not covered in textbooks, in history classes, or shown in the media. In a photo that we found on Black History Album , we see this […]

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Suicide Among African Slaves: The Very Last Resort to Freedom

Feb 03, 2020 09:49 am

There have been hours in my unhappy life, many of them, when the contemplation of death as the end of earthly sorrow-of the grave as a resting place for the tired and worn out body-has been pleasant to dwell upon. But such contemplations vanish in the hour of peril. No Man, in his full strength, […]

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Donald Davis: Bank Owner, Guitarist & Record Producer

Feb 03, 2020 09:49 am

Multi-talented Donald Davis’ music career took off when he landed a national No. 1 hit in the fall of 1968 with “Who’s Making Love?’ by Johnnie Taylor and several other hits by the singer including “Jody’s Got Your Girl and Gone” and “Take Care of Your Homework.” Davis was born Oct. 25, 1938 in Detroit. […]

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Harry Hosier: Black Preacher and Evangelist Known for Sermon “The Barren Fig Tree”

Feb 03, 2020 09:49 am

Harry Hosier was born a slave in North Carolina after the Revolutionary War in 1750. Known by many as “Black Harry,” he was a renowned preacher and an evangelist. After gaining his freedom, he converted to the Methodist Church. Not much is known about Hosier’s early life. However, it is believed he was born to […]

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The Imbangala: Death and War Culture

Feb 03, 2020 09:49 am

The Imbangala were initially a band of marauders who would later become based out of the Kingdom of Kasanje. While it was a smaller group it would later become one of the major power shifters in Angola. Questionable Origins The group moved into the Angola region sometime during the 16th century. They would establish their kingdom […]

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Benjamin “Black Herman” Rucker: Prominent Black Magician of His Time

Feb 03, 2020 09:49 am

Benjamin Rucker was an American stage magician who was best known by his stage name “Black Herman.” He was the most prominent African-American magician of his time. His most famous trick was his “Private Graveyard,” during which he would sell tickets three days before the performance and invite people to watch his “lifeless body” be […]

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Charles C. Dawson: Artist and Designer During the 1920s and 30s

Feb 03, 2020 09:49 am

Charles Clarence Dawson was one of the leading black artists and designers during the 1920s and 30s. He is best known for his illustrated advertisements for beauty schools and products for Annie Malone’s Poro College and Valmor Products, which were targeted toward black consumers. Dawson was born to a hard-working middle-class family in Brunswick, Georgia. […]

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Charles Johnson: Negro League Baseball Player Fought Against Discrimination

Feb 03, 2020 09:49 am

Former Negro League baseball player Charles Johnson fought against discrimination for most of his life. He played for the famed Chicago American Giants of the Negro League, pitching and playing outfield. Later in his life, he pushed for major league baseball to offer pensions to former Negro league players. Johnson was born on August 7, […]

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Flash Black Photo: African American Singer

Feb 03, 2020 09:49 am

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