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Black Abolitionists: Charlotte E. Ray The First African American Female Lawyer in The United States

Mar 01, 2021 09:12 am

By Lestey Gist, The Gist of Freedom Charlotte E. Ray – The first woman to practice and argue in the Supreme Court in Washington D.C. ~Born January 13, 1850 – January 4, 1911 – Charlotte was the first African-American female lawyer in the United States. Ray was born in New York City to Charlotte Augusta Burroughs and […]

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Singer/Actress Andra Day’s Magical Billie Holiday Transformation on Film Wins Her a Golden Globe

Mar 01, 2021 09:12 am

By Victor Trammell Photo credits: T. Seida/The USA TODAY The 2021 Golden Globes showcased a night of historical splendor in epic proportion after a new, dazzling, and talented Black actress won the gold.  Various upscale publications of the arts reported on Sunday (February 28) that Andra Day (pictured) won big at the Globes in the Best Actress […]

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Emory Douglas: Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party

Mar 01, 2021 09:12 am

Emory Douglas is best known for his work as a Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party. He served in the party from 1967 until its disband in the 1980. His graphic art was featured in most issues of the newspaper The Black Panther (which had a peak circulation of 139,000 per week in […]

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James Lesesne Wells: Leading Graphic Artist & Art Teacher of the Harlem Renaissance

Mar 01, 2021 09:12 am

James Lesesne Wells was a leading graphic artist and art teacher, whose work reflected the vitality of the Harlem Renaissance. Wells was born in Atlanta, Georgia on November 2, 1902. His father was a Baptist minister and his mother a teacher. At an early age, he moved to Florida with his family. His first experience […]

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Poem: “Passing Through” by Poet & Educator Ai Ogawa

Mar 01, 2021 09:12 am

Ai Ogawa was an American poet and educator. She won the 1999 National Book Award for Poetry for Vice: New and Selected Poems. She is noted for her uncompromising poetic vision and bleak dramatic monologues which give voice to marginalized, often poor and abused speakers. Though born Florence Anthony, she legally changed her name to […]

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Schooled by Youtube: Enslavement to Emancipation

Mar 01, 2021 09:12 am

At Black Then, we often see videos that make us stop and think. They frequently reveal information that is not broadcasted to the masses and are created by great talents that are not shown in mainstream media. In a video posted on UCTTl_ygQZc4_kabRgdKR-hA , we learn more about A TV-16 special presentation. Tune in for […]

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February 28: First Black Man in U.S. History Was Nominated to Serve on Fed Reserve Board in 1966

Mar 01, 2021 09:12 am

By Victor Trammell Photo credits: © Fabian Bachrach, Andrew Harnik | Credit: AP Less than one full year after the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law, a Black American-born man professionally ascended to an institutional height, which is essentially above the White House and Congress. This privately-held, Lord High professional institution is called the U.S. Federal Reserve, America’s central […]

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Julia Amanda Perry: Renowned Composer of Neoclassical Music

Mar 01, 2021 09:12 am

Julia Amanda Perry was a renowned composer of neoclassical music during her relatively brief life. Perry was born on March 25, 1924, in Lexington, Kentucky but spent most of her childhood growing up in Akron, Ohio. Her father, Dr. Abe Perry, was a doctor and amateur pianist, who once accompanied the tenor Roland Hayes on […]

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How Antonio The Negro (Anthony Johnson) Went From “Slave” To “Slave Owner”

Mar 01, 2021 09:12 am

The man was Anthony Johnson.  Johnson first came over to America as an indentured servant, arriving in 1620 in the Colony of Virginia.  He did not come over willingly, as many did, agreeing to become indentured servants in exchange for passage to the New World. Rather, Johnson was captured in Angola by neighboring tribesmen and […]

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On this day in black history: We Remember the Death of Maggie Lena Walker

Mar 01, 2021 09:12 am

Maggie Lena Walker was born on July 15th, 1864 in Richmond, Virginia. Despite being brought up in a humble background, she defied the odds to become a prominent businesswoman and a teacher. She was the first African-American woman to charter a bank in the United States in 1902. Her solid leadership character and success helped […]

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