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Burkina Faso: The 2014 Burkinabe Uprising Conclusion

Mar 09, 2020 11:29 am

In fourth entry of the history of Burkina Faso, we explored the 2014 Burkinabe Uprising. Now we conclude the uprising with the aftermath.   Compaore Resigns and Zida vs. The AU As October ended, Compaore resigned from his position. This is after stating he was ready to step down and then saying he would stay […]

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Burkina Faso: The 1989 Burkinabe Coup

Mar 09, 2020 11:29 am

Following his powerplay to take the presidency from Thomas Sankara, Blaise Compaore took control of Burkina Faso. Helping him on October 15, 1987, coup were Henri Zongo and Jean-Baptiste Boukary Lingani, two members of the old Communist Officers’ Group when Burkina Faso was still the Republic of Upper Volta.  As it would happen, Lingani and […]

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Blind Willie Johnson: Performed Gospel Songs on the City Streets of Texas

Mar 09, 2020 11:29 am

Blind Willie Johnson was a gospel singer who was best known for his performances on the streets in southern cities. Johnson grew up near Temple, Texas. His mother died when he was young, and his father remarried soon after her death. It was told that Johnson became blind at seven years old, as his stepmother […]

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35 Years After His Death: Bob Marley’s Legacy Lives On

Mar 09, 2020 11:29 am

On May 11, 1981, the world was shocked to learn about the death of legendary Reggae musician Robert Nesta Marley, more commonly known as Bob Marley. Known for his distinctive voice, songwriting style, and Rastafari beliefs, Marley became one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. Robert Nesta Marley was born on February 6, […]

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Burkina Faso: President Blaise Compaoré

Mar 09, 2020 11:29 am

Blaise Compaore served as Thomas Sankara’s advisor, deputy, and Minister of State in two positions in Burkina Faso between 1983-1987. He would become President in 1987 as a result of a coup. Compaore met Sankara in 1976 when Sankara was the commander of the Commando Training Center. From there he would co-found the Communist Officers’ […]

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Lynn C. Eusan: Activist, journalist, & University of Houston’s First Black Homecoming Queen

Mar 09, 2020 11:29 am

Lynn Cecelia Eusan was a community activist, journalist, and University of Houston’s first black homecoming. Eusan was born in Galveston County, Texas, on October 11, 1948, to Ida Mae (Boudreaux) Eusan and Wilbur Thirkield Eusan, Sr. After graduating from Phillis Wheatley High School, Eusan enrolled at the University of Houston in 1966 to pursue a […]

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The Original Ice Princess Who Broke the Color Barrier in Figure Skating

Mar 09, 2020 11:29 am

When Debi Thomas burst onto the sporting scene in 1986, she became the first African American skater to win national and world championships during her freshman year at Stanford University. She was also was named Wide World of Sports’ Athlete of the Year and two years later, she added a second national title along with […]

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Grace Towns Hamilton: First Black Woman in Deep South to Hold Public Office

Mar 09, 2020 11:29 am

Grace Towns Hamilton was the first black woman in the south to hold a public office. She was elected to Georgia’s General Assembly in 1965. Hamilton was among eight Blacks sent to the state legislature in a special election. She went on to represent her district in mid-Atlanta for the next 18 years and was […]

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Noble “Nip” Beasley: Controversial Figure During the Civil Rights Era

Mar 09, 2020 11:29 am

Noble Beasley was known as a controversial figure during the civil rights era. Beasley, a large man who weighed more than 300 pounds, had a reputation for violence that struck fear in the hearts of the Mobilians and their establishments. However, he could be a pleasant person in private – solicitous, even, toward whites who […]

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Garfield T. Haywood: Pastor, Songwriter & Founder of Christ Temple Church (1909)

Mar 09, 2020 11:29 am

Garfield Thomas Haywood, an African-American pastor, and songwriter served as Presiding Bishop of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World from 1925 to 1931. Haywood was born on July 15, 1880, to Bennett and Pennyann Haywood in Greencastle, Indiana. As a child, he attended School 52 and then Shortridge High School. After completing his education, Haywood […]

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