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Poem: “Black Boys Play the Classics” by Toi Derricotte

Aug 28, 2020 11:30 am

Toi Derricotte is an American poet and a professor of writing at University of Pittsburgh. She won a 2012 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry. With Cornelius Eady, she co-founded Cave Canem Foundation, a summer workshop for African-American poets, Derricotte was born in Hamtramck, Michigan, the daughter of Antonia Baquet, a Creole from Louisiana, and Benjamin Sweeney […]

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Colonel Reuben L. Horner III: Second Black Postal Clerk in Tucson, Arizona

Aug 28, 2020 11:30 am

Colonel Reuben L. Horner III was born in 1910, in Fort Ethan Allen, Vermont. He was the only child of Reuben L. Horner II and Isadora Nelmida Horner. His father was one of the first Buffalo soldiers and one of the first Black officers in the U.S. Army. Before Horner finished high school, he had […]

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Charlie Christian: One of the All-Time Greats of Jazz Guitar

Aug 28, 2020 11:30 am

Charlie Christian is one of the all-time greats of jazz guitar who got his start in Oklahoma City when he was a young boy. In order to help his family out with finances, Christian would tag along with his brothers and blind father to some of the more affluent neighborhoods where they’d work as buskers […]

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Fela Kuti: Prominent Figure of the Afrobeat Genre

Aug 28, 2020 11:30 am

Fela Kuti was one of the most prominent figures of the Afrobeat genre. Kuti was Nigerian musician and composer who played a large role in his country’s politics.  During the height of his popularity, he was often hailed as one of Africa’s most “challenging and charismatic music performers. A figure inspiring and controversial for many, […]

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Ask A Slave S2Ep4: KIDS! [VIDEO]

Aug 28, 2020 11:30 am

Ask A Slave is a satirical web series based on the actress’ time working as a living history character at the popular historic site, George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Starring Azie Dungey as Lizzie Mae and directed by Jordan Black. All questions and interactions are based on true events. Real Questions. Real Comedy. Learn more @ […]

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Horace King: Notable Bridge Builder Throughout the South

Aug 28, 2020 11:30 am

Horace King was the most respected bridge builder in west Georgia, Alabama, and northeast Mississippi from the 1830s until the 1880s. King was born a slave and was of African, European and Native American descent.  He moved with his master, John Godwin (1798-1859), a contractor, to Girard, Alabama, a suburb of Columbus, where Godwin had […]

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Tougaloo Nine: Attempted to Integrate the Jackson Municipal Library in 1961 [Video]

Aug 28, 2020 11:30 am

On March 27, 1961, nine Tougaloo College students, dubbed as the Tougaloo Nine, Joseph Jackson, Jr., Geraldine Edwards, James Cleo Bradford, Evelyn Pierce, Albert Lassiter, Ethel Sawyer, Meredith Coleman Anding, Jr., Janice L Jackson, and Alfred Lee Cook attempted to integrate the Jackson Municipal Library, sparking a civil rights movement in Jackson, Mississippi. Students were […]

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August 27: Haile Selassie I, Former Ethiopian Emperor, Died Today in 1975

Aug 28, 2020 11:30 am

Photo credits: Lucien Aigner/Corbis Haile Selassie I (pictured) was a former  emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. He sought to modernize his country and he steered it into the mainstream of post-World War II African politics. He brought Ethiopia into the League of Nations and the United Nations and made Addis Ababa the major center for the Organization of African Unity (now African Union). Born Tafari Makonnen […]

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Unseen, Heartrending Black Life Photos During The New Deal

Aug 28, 2020 11:30 am

A series of experimental programs and projects initiated during the President Franklin Roosevelt’s era in the 1930’s, also known as the New deal, was developed to help the country recover from the great depression. The initiatives offered economic and social programs that assisted many individuals have a greater claim on full American citizenship for the […]

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Sidney Bechet: From Child Prodigy to Jazz Legend

Aug 28, 2020 11:30 am

Sidney Bechet was one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. Bechet was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in May 1897 to a musical family. His father was a shoemaker who played the flute, and his brother played the clarinet and trombone. Bechet exhibited extraordinary talent on the clarinet by the time he was […]

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