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Whitney M. Young, Jr: Civil Rights Leader & Head of the National Urban League

Dec 02, 2019 02:46 pm

Little recognition has been given to Whitney Moore Young, Jr, over the years, a man who spent most of his career working to end employment discrimination in the United States. He was a civil rights leader who helped turn the National Urban League from a passive civil rights organization to one that aggressively fought for […]

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Lunsford Lane: Entrepreneur, Speaker, and Anti-Slavery Agent of North Carolina

Dec 02, 2019 02:46 pm

Lunsford Lane became a well-known anti-slavery agent, entrepreneur, and speaker during the 19th century. He is most well-known for writing a slave narrative that included descriptions of his business activities as a slave and the troubles he in encountered trying to secure the freedom of his family. He was born outside of Raleigh, North Carolina, on […]

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Mifflin Wistar Gibbs First Black Municipal Judge Elected in the United States

Dec 02, 2019 02:46 pm

Mifflin Wistar Gibbs was a Little Rock (Pulaski County) businessman, a politician, and the first elected African-American municipal judge in the United States. Mifflin Gibbs was born on April 17, 1823, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the eldest of four children born to Jonathan and Maria Gibbs. His father, a Methodist minister, died when Mifflin was a child, and his mother […]

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Poet Rita Dove Wins Wallace Stevens Award From Academy of American Poets

Dec 02, 2019 02:46 pm

Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia, received the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, according to jbhe.com. The award is given annually to recognize “outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry.” Established in 1994, the award comes with a $100,000 prize. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1987 for Thomas and […]

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Looking Black on Today: Birmingham Black Barons Formed

Dec 02, 2019 02:46 pm

The Birmingham Black Barons was a professional baseball team active in the Negro Leagues from 1920 to 1960. They played their home games at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama. The team had its greatest success in the 1940s, winning three Negro National League pennants (1943, 1944, and 1949). Unfortunately, the Black Barons lost all three […]

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Milton “Mel” Stewart: Renowned Actor, Television Director, Musician

Dec 02, 2019 02:46 pm

Milton “Mel” Stewart was an actor, television director, and musician who appeared in several films and television shows from the 1960s through the 1990s. Stewart was born on September 9, 1929, in Cleveland, Ohio, as Milton Stewart. He is best known for playing Henry Jefferson on the popular television series “All in the Family” and […]

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Alexander Twilight: First African-American to Earn a Bachelor’s Degree from an American College

Dec 02, 2019 02:46 pm

Alexander Lucius Twilight graduated from Middlebury College in 1823 and has been noted as being the first African-American to have earned a bachelor’s degree from an American university. Twilight was born in 1795 in Corinth, Vermont. His parents were free and of mixed race, African and English descent. His father Ichabod Twilight was a Revolutionary […]

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Jermain Loguen: Chief Agent for the Underground Railroad in Syracuse

Dec 02, 2019 02:46 pm

Jermain Loguen was an African-American abolitionist, bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and author of a slave narrative. Loguen was born to an enslaved woman named Cherry in Davidson County, Tennessee, and a white man. At the age of 21, he escaped bondage on his second attempt with the help of his mother. […]

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The Jerry Rescue: Daring Public Rescue of Fugitive Slave, William Henry

Dec 02, 2019 02:46 pm

The “Jerry Rescue” occurred on October 1, 1851, and involved the daring, public rescue of a fugitive slave, William “Jerry” Henry. Henry was a 40-year-old cooper from Missouri and had been arrested the same day in Syracuse, New York. The arrest happened during the anti-slavery state convention of the Liberty Party. Henry was arrested under […]

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Natchez, Mississippi: Once Home to the Largest Ku Klux Klan Chapter in the U.S.

Dec 02, 2019 02:46 pm

Natchez, Mississippi saw its share of violence against blacks during the civil rights era. It was home to one of the largest Ku Klux Klan chapters in the history of the United States. Most of the Ku Klux Klan members were employed by the city’s police force. African Americans who fought for equal rights were […]

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