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Boxing Legend: Harry “The Black Panther” Wills

Mar 20, 2020 01:50 pm

“The Galveston Giant” Jack Johnson is widely respected for crossing the color bar in boxing. The fact remains that he dodged all of his Black competitors the same way he deftly dodged blows. It was a practice of White champions of the day that died out when Joe Louis became champion. Still, one of the […]

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John L. LeFlore: Community Leader & Civil Rights Activist

Mar 20, 2020 01:50 pm

John L. LeFlore was a community leader and civil rights, activist. His career spanned for over 50 years. During the mid-1920s, he helped transform the Mobile chapter of the NAACP into one of the most active organizations in Alabama. LeFlore was born in Mobile, Mobile County, on May 17, 1903, to Doc and Clara LeFlore. […]

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Charles Henry Alston: Prominent Artist and Educator During the Harlem Renaissance

Mar 20, 2020 01:50 pm

Charles Henry Alston was a prominent artist and teacher during the Harlem Renaissance. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina; after his father died, his mother relocated the family to New York. Alston later attended DeWitt Clinton High School and graduated from Columbia University in 1939. In 1931, he received his master’s degree from Columbia’s Teachers […]

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Honoring The Legacy Black Lay Midwives of the South

Mar 20, 2020 01:50 pm

The art of midwifery has gained a strong hold in the minds and lives of families in their childbearing years.  This is especially true as more people are leaning towards living a more natural way of life. However, due to midwifery becoming a more modern topic, it has nearly pushed the legacy of black midwives […]

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Amaza Lee Meredith: Renowned Architect, Educator & Artist

Mar 20, 2020 01:50 pm

Amaza Lee Meredith was an African American architect, educator and artist. Meredith was unable to enter the profession as an architect because of “both her race and her sex” and worked primarily as an art teacher Virginia State College Meredith was born in Lynchburg to Emma Kenney Meredith, an African American, and Samuel Meredith, a […]

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5 African Americans Who Paved the Way for New Era Minority FBI Special Agents

Mar 20, 2020 01:50 pm

1. James Wormley Jones was an African-American policeman and World War I veteran, and is best known for having been the first African-American FBI special agent. Jones served for many years as a D.C. police officer prior to joining the African-American Army regiment known as the Buffalo Soldiers. And while stationed in Europe following the […]

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Joseph R. Applegate: Renowned Linguist Known to Speak 13 Languages

Mar 20, 2020 01:50 pm

Joseph R. Applegate is said to have been able to speak at least 13 languages and had a reading knowledge of several others. Applegate was born to parents who operated a boarding house in Wildwood, New Jersey, on December 4, 1925.  When his family moved to Philadelphia, he interacted with Yiddish and Italian schoolmates and […]

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Paul R. Williams: Black Architect of Hollywood’s Golden Age [VIDEO]

Mar 20, 2020 01:50 pm

SYNOPSIS Paul Revere Williams, FAIA (February 18, 1894 – January 23, 1980) was an American architect based in Los Angeles, California. He practiced largely in Southern California and designed the homes of numerous celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Lon Chaney, and Charles Correll. He also designed many public and private buildings. via […]

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Anne Spencer: First Black Poet Included in the Norton Anthology of American Poetry

Mar 20, 2020 01:50 pm

Anne Spencer was a poet, teacher, librarian, and a civil rights activist. She was the first African-American to have her poetry included in the Norton Anthology of American Poetry. Spencer was born Annie Bethel Bannister on February 6, 1882, in Henry County, Virginia, where both her parents worked on a plantation. She grew up an […]

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Rosemary Brown: Canada’s First Black Woman Elected to Provincial Legislature

Mar 20, 2020 01:50 pm

Rosemary Brown holds the distinction of being Canada’s first black female member of a provincial legislature and the first woman to run for leadership of a federal political party. Brown was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1930, and moved to Canada in 1951 to study social work at McGill University in Montreal. She proceeded to […]

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