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Abbey Lincoln: Jazz Vocalist, Songwriter, Actress & Civil Rights Activist

Mar 22, 2021 01:08 pm

Anna Marie Wooldridge, known by her stage name Abbey Lincoln, was an American jazz vocalist, songwriter, and actress who wrote and performed her own compositions. She was a civil rights advocate and activist. Lincoln was born in Chicago but raised in Calvin Center, Cass County, Michigan, Lincoln was one of many singers influenced by Billie […]

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Benjamin Brawley: Prolific Writer, Editor & Clergyman

Mar 22, 2021 01:08 pm

Benjamin Griffith Brawley was a prominent African-American author and educator. Several of his books were considered standard college texts, including The Negro in Literature and Art in the United States and New Survey of English Literature. Brawley was born on April 22, 1882, in Columbia to prominent Baptist parents. His father, the Reverend Edward McKnight […]

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Former Slave Creates The First Black Doll Company For His Daughters, Here’s Why

Mar 22, 2021 01:08 pm

Richard Henry Boyd, born Dick Gray on March 5, 1843, the former slave renamed himself Richard Henry Boyd after the Civil War. Boyd eventually became an entrepreneur and wore many hats throughout his life—preacher, missionary, publisher, banker, educator, writer, and Black Nationalist. Among other things, Boyd founded the National Negro Doll Company in 1911. According to Portraits […]

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Berea College’s Lincoln Hall: Focus of Civil Rights Activities for Nearly Three-Quarters of a Century

Mar 22, 2021 01:08 pm

Berea College’s Lincoln Hall–or what used to be called “Recitation Hall”–was the focus of civil rights activities for nearly three-quarters of a century. Berea was founded in 1855 to specifically to educate black and white students together. Black students made up one third to one half of the school’s student body. Lincoln Hall, a three-story […]

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Walmart, Ebay, Amazon & Sears Announce Ban On  Selling Confederate Flag Merchandise 

Mar 22, 2021 01:08 pm

(CNN)America’s leading merchants have spoken: The Confederate flag is coming off the shelves. Walmart, Amazon, eBay and Sears all announced bans on the sale of Confederate flag merchandise, amid an intensifying national debate over the use of the controversial flag. The announcements are the latest indication that the flag, a symbol of the slave-holding South, […]

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Social Search: Sojourner Truth Was Enslaved by Family of Rutgers’ 1st President

Mar 22, 2021 01:08 pm

Flipboard has been used to gather some of the world’s greatest minds together to order to increase awareness, share information, and open our minds to knowledge not often seen throughout mainstream media. In this Flipboard Find written by Monique Judge, we learn more about Sojourner Truth Was Enslaved by Family of Rutgers’ 1st President Like […]

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William Sherman Savage: Best Known For Literary Creation “Blacks in the West”

Mar 22, 2021 01:08 pm

William Sherman Savage was forced to withdraw from primary school at age 11 to help his family in the fields. However, Savage never gave up his dream of attaining a full education. After completing elementary school in Richmond and high school in Baltimore, he earned an A.B. from Howard University in 1917. After teaching at […]

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Poem: Blind Boone’s Vision by Tyehimba Jess

Mar 22, 2021 01:08 pm

Tyehimba Jess is an American poet. His book Olio received the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Jess was born Jesse S. Goodwin. He grew up in Detroit, where his father worked in that city’s Department of Health. His father later became the first vice president of Detroit’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement […]

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Ocoee Massacre: Single Bloodiest Day in Modern American Political History [Video]

Mar 22, 2021 01:08 pm

The Ocoee massacre is considered the “single bloodiest day in modern American political history.” The massacre was a violent race riot that broke out on November 2, 1920. By 1920, there were just over 1,000 residents of the unincorporated town, Ocoee. Almost half of them were black. In fact, the African-American population grew so large […]

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John W. Hardy: Pioneer SNCC Member (1960s)

Mar 22, 2021 01:08 pm

John W. Hardy, an active member of SNCC during the sixties. Hardy worked to establish a voter registration school in 1961 at Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Walthall County. Hardy was pistol whipped by the Election Registrar in Walthall after attempting to help several local black residents. The assault resulted in Hardy being charged with […]

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