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Unable To Find Employment, Will Cook Formed His Own Publishing Company and Composed The First All-Black Show To Play In A Prestigious Broadway House

Nov 02, 2020 12:13 pm

One of the most important figures in pre-jazz African-American music, Will Marion Cook is also one of its better known personalities. As a composer, conductor, performer, teacher, and producer, he had his hand in nearly every aspect of the black music of his time and worked with nearly every other important musician in his fields. […]

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Poem: “Lesson” by Poet & Psychologist Forrest Hamer

Nov 02, 2020 12:13 pm

Forrest Hamer (born in 1956) is a poet, psychologist, candidate psychoanalyst, and a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. He was educated at Yale and Berkeley. He is the author of Call & Response (Alice James, 1995), winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award, and Middle Ear (The Roundhouse Press, 2000), a finalist for the […]

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Dana A. Dorsey: First Black Millionaire of Miami

Nov 02, 2020 12:13 pm

Dana A. Dorsey, better known as D.A. Dorsey, was a Georgia man who arrived in Miami to work as a carpenter on Flagler’s railroad. He saw a need among fellow workers for housing, so he got into real estate. He purchased land in Overtown and redeveloped it into affordable housing. Through years of development, reinvestment […]

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Beulah Rucker Oliver: Established a School to Educate and Inspire Young Black Children

Nov 02, 2020 12:13 pm

Beulah Rucker Oliver is best remembered for her desire to educate and inspire young black children. During the early 1900s, she established a school for black children that survived until the late 1950s. Oliver arrived in Gainesville, Georgia in the early 1900s. She was born in 1888 in Banks County, Georgia to Caroline Wiley and […]

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Minister Solomon Seay Sr: “Spiritual Father” of the Civil Rights Movement

Nov 02, 2020 12:13 pm

Minister Solomon Seay Sr., was often referred to as the “spiritual father” of the civil rights movement by Martin Luther King Jr.  Seay played key roles in several early grassroots civil rights movement efforts in Alabama’s Black Belt region and beyond. In the late 1940s, Seay became an active member in Montgomery’s Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance […]

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Joshua “Josh” Gibson: Negro League Baseball Hitter; Catcher Known as the “Black Babe Ruth”

Nov 02, 2020 12:13 pm

Joshua “Josh” Gibson was one of the best players in the Negro league baseball. Baseball historians consider Gibson to be among the very best power hitters and catchers in the history of any league, including Major League Baseball (MLB).  He was known as the “black Babe Ruth,” in fact, some fans at the time who […]

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Edward Mitchell Bannister: Black Canadian-American Tonalist Painter

Nov 02, 2020 12:13 pm

Edward Mitchell Bannister was a Black Canadian-American Tonalist painter. Like other Tonalists, his style and predominantly pastoral subject matter were drawn from his admiration for Millet and the French Barbizon School. Bannister was born in St. Andrews, New Brunswick and moved to New England in the late 1840s. He was a well-known artist and admired […]

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Clyde Lensley McPhatter: Key Figure in Shaping Doo-Wop and R&B

Nov 02, 2020 12:13 pm

Clyde Lensley McPhatter was a key figure in the shaping of doo-wop and R&B. His high-pitched tenor voice was steeped in the gospel music he sang during his youth. He was best known for his solo hit “A Lover’s Question.” McPhatter was born in the tobacco town community of Hayti, in Durham, North Carolina, on […]

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Elsworth ‘Bumpy’ Johnson, the Real Black Godfather of Harlem, Was Born Today in 1905

Nov 02, 2020 12:13 pm

By Victor Trammell Photo credits: Epix Publicity photo for Godfather of Harlem Over 100 years ago today, a Black man was born in Charleston, South Carolina who would be known much later in history for his residence in a city, which was a breeding ground for excellence in Black America. Over numerous decades in the […]

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Lawrence C. Washington: First Male Nurse Corps Officer to Receive Commission in U.S Army

Nov 02, 2020 12:13 pm

Colonel Washington’s health career began in 1954 as a medical aidman with the rank of private, and his active service ended the first time in 1987, as the Acting Chief Nurse of William Beaumont Army Medical Center with the rank of colonel. Washington earned a diploma in nursing from Freedmen’s Hospital School of Nursing, a […]

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