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The Dossier: Frank “Black Caesar” Matthews

Nov 20, 2020 09:31 am

Known as “Black Caesar” in criminal circles, Frank Matthews came to prominence in the 1960s and 1970s moving heroin and then cocaine on the east coast. Matthews was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina on February 13, 1944. He turned out to be violent at an early age, doing time in a Raleigh juvenile hall. […]

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Maria Stewart: Essayist, Lecturer & Women’s Rights Activist

Nov 20, 2020 09:31 am

Maria Stewart was an essayist, lecturer, abolitionist and women’s rights activist. She was the earliest known African American woman to lecture in public on political issues. Stewart is also known for four powerful speeches she delivered in Boston in the early 1830s – a time when no woman, black or white, dared to address an audience. […]

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Happy Birthday to Black Baseball Legend Roy Campanella

Nov 20, 2020 09:31 am

Photo credits: MLB Photos via Getty Images Roy Campanella (pictured) was a Black/Italian-American baseball player who primarily played as a catcher. He was born on November 19, 1921 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His mother, Ida, was a Black American woman. His father, John Campanella, was the son of two immigrants from Italy. He adopted a love for baseball at […]

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A Business Woman & Community Leader, Maggie Walker Was The First Black Woman To Charter A Bank

Nov 20, 2020 09:31 am

In spite of humble beginnings in post-Civil War Richmond, Virginia, Maggie Lena Walker achieved national prominence as a businesswoman and community leader. Her business acumen, personality, and lifelong commitment to a beneficial burial society fueled her climb to success. She was the first African American woman in the United States to found a bank. As […]

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Scars Of Slavery:  Slave, Wilson Chinn, Branded On The Forehead By His Master

Nov 20, 2020 09:31 am

Wilson Chinn is about 60 years old, he was “raised” by Isaac Howard of Woodford County, Kentucky. When 21 years old he was taken down the river and sold to Volsey B. Marmillion, a sugar planter about 45 miles above New Orleans. This man was accustomed to brand his negroes, and Wilson has on his […]

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[Video]Poem: “Hey Black Child” by Countee Cullen

Nov 20, 2020 09:31 am

Hey Black Child By Countee Cullen Hey Black Child Do you know who you are? Who you really are Do you know you can be? What you want to be. If you try to be What you can be Hey Black Child! Do you know where you are going? Where you’re really going. Do you […]

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University of Delaware Hosts ‘Highlighting Hidden Figures: Exploring Black Women in the Archive’

Nov 20, 2020 09:31 am

Photo credits: University of Delaware/20th Century Studios The University of Delaware (UD) hosted a live-online presentation on Wednesday (November 18). The event began at 2 p.m. Monet Lewis-Timmons (pictured left) discussed her passion for Black women’s literature and history through her research on Alice Dunbar-Nelson (1875-1935). A Black woman, writer, educator, and activist, Dunbar-Nelson catered […]

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Happy Birthday to Sojourner Truth, a Legendary American Abolitionist

Nov 20, 2020 09:31 am

Photo credits: The U.S. National Archives Sojourner Truth (pictured) was a Black American abolitionist and women’s rights activist. She came into the world on November 18, 1797, according to BlackFacts.com. Her birth name was Isabella Baumfree. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, New York. She escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. After going to court to recover her son […]

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Flash Black Photo: African American Couple

Nov 20, 2020 09:31 am

African American man and woman seated, head and shoulders, woman wears a hat with large velvet bow and man is in a dark sack suit. c1890s Found On Flicker.com in Black History Album

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November 18: The Honorable Howard Thurman Was Born Today in 1899

Nov 20, 2020 09:31 am

Photo credits: Boston University Photo Services Howard Thurman (pictured) was a Black American author, philosopher, theologian, educator, and civil rights leader. As a prominent religious figure, Thurman played a leading role in many social justice movements and organizations of the twentieth century. His theological message of radical nonviolence influenced and shaped a generation of civil rights activists. Thurman was […]

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