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​January 3, 2005: Barack Obama Is Sworn In As Senator

Jan 03, 2019 01:02 am

Obama became the only Senate member of the Congressional Black Caucus. CQ Weekly characterized him as a “loyal Democrat” based on analysis of all Senate votes in 2005–2007. Obama announced on November 13, 2008, that he would resign his Senate seat on November 16, 2008, before the start of the lame-duck session, to focus on […]

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To Counteract The Misrepresentation Of Blacks, The Spingarn Medal Of Excellence Was Established

Jan 03, 2019 01:02 am

In 1913 Joel Spingarn embarked on the “New Abolition” tours to build the NAACP’s membership. Traveling across the U.S., he was struck by the negative stereotyping of blacks in newspapers. To counteract this misperception, he established the Spingarn Medal, a gold medal to be awarded annually for “the highest achievement by an American Negro.” The […]

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Jewel Plummer Cobb: Distinguished Biologist & Cancer Researcher

Jan 03, 2019 01:02 am

Jewel Plummer Cobb was a distinguished American biologist, cancer researcher, and academic administrator. She served as president of California State University, Fullerton from 1981 to 1990. Cobb was born in Chicago on January 17, 1924 as the only child of Frank V. Plummer, and Carriebel (Cole) Plummer. She was the great-granddaughter of a freed slave. […]

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Dudley Weldon Woodard: Respected Mathematician, Professor, Mentor at Howard University

Jan 03, 2019 01:02 am

Dudley Weldon Woodard was known as one of the most extraordinary mathematicians of his time. Woodard was the second African American to obtain his Ph.D. in mathematics, the first being Elbert Frank Cox, Woodard’s mentor. In 1921, he joined the mathematics faculty at Howard University. During this time, he received his Ph.D. Mathematics in 1928 […]

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Horace Cayton: Pioneer Seattle Newspaper Publisher

Jan 03, 2019 01:02 am

Horace Cayton was a slave who later became the publisher of a Seattle newspaper. Cayton was born on a Mississippi plantation, his family later moved to a farm near Port Gibson, Mississippi, after Emancipation. Cayton took odd jobs to help support himself through Alcorn College in Mississippi. After graduating, he headed west staying briefly in Salt Lake City, […]

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One Of The Largest Theatre Celebrations America Has Ever Seen: W.E.B. DuBois’ “Star Of Ethiopia”

Jan 03, 2019 01:02 am

W.E.B DuBois organized one of the largest theatre celebrations America has ever seen. Called the Star of Ethiopia, Dubois’ pageant brought together thousands of artists on the fiftieth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation to create a spectacle that would be seen by over 30,000 viewers in its first performance in 1913. The pageant attempts to sketch […]

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Diddy’s Ex-girlfriend, Kim Porter, Dead at 47

Jan 03, 2019 01:02 am

7:00 PM PT — Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Kim went to bed early last night, because she wasn’t feeling well and when family members went to wake her Thursday she was non-responsive.  Paramedics pronounced Kim dead at her home. As for the cause … we’re told she was battling an illness — either the flu […]

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May 11, 1970: Charles Oatman and The Augusta Riot

Jan 03, 2019 01:02 am

On this day in 1970, the August riot started and ran until May 13. The riot was initiated following news of the death of a Black teenager, 16-year old Charles Oatman—behind bars. Whenever you have a death behind bars, suspicions arise and in this case, those suspicions were correct CHARLES OATMAN’S DEATH On May 9, the just over […]

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Did You Know That A Slave Was Responsible For The Inoculation Procedure Used To Treat Small Pox?

Jan 03, 2019 01:02 am

Onesimus (fl. 1706 – 1717), slave and medical pioneer, was born in the late seventeenth century, probably in Africa, although the precise date and place of his birth are unknown. He first appears in the historical record in the diary of Cotton Mather, a prominent New England theologian and minister of Boston’s Old North Church. Reverend […]

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Was the Original Model For The Statue Of Liberty A Black Woman? You Be The Judge

Jan 03, 2019 01:02 am

When I came across an article claiming that the original model for the Statue of Liberty was a black woman, I was blown away. Easy for me to believe, after all, most of the important history of this country related to  African Americans is either hidden or stolen. When I started to research the topic, […]

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