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Theodore Guy ” Teddy” Buckner: Renowned Jazz Saxophonist

Jan 31, 2020 09:14 am

Theodore Guy ” Teddy” Buckner was an American jazz saxophonist and the brother of another great musician, Milt Buckner. Buckner is best known for his time spent in the orchestra of Jimmie Lunceford, where he remained active from 1937 to 1943. Buckner was born in St. Louis on April 12, 1913. He was raised in […]

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Dr. Miles V. Lynk: First Black Physician to Practice in Madison County, Tennessee

Jan 31, 2020 09:14 am

Dr. Miles V. Lynk was born the son of slaves in a small rural town in Tennessee. Despite difficult times, Lynk went on to attend the historically Black Meharry medical College in Nashville and became the first black doctor to practice in Madison County, Tennessee. At the age of six, Lynk’s father was killed in […]

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Cherlynne Theresa Thigpen: Pioneer Actress Best-Known for Role as “The Chief”

Jan 31, 2020 09:14 am

Cherlynne Theresa “Lynne” Thigpen was a pioneer actress, best known for her role as “The Chief” in various Carmen Sandiego television series. Thigpen was born in Joliet, Illinois, on December 22, 1948. Thigpen obtained a degree in teaching and taught high school English while studying theatre and dance at the University of Illinois. She moved […]

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Orindatus Wall: First Black Man Commissioned as Captain in the Regular Army

Jan 31, 2020 09:14 am

Orindatus Simon Bolivar Wall, also known as O.S.B. Wall,  was a businessman, lawyer, and Union Army officer. Wall was born on August 12, 1825, in Rockingham, North Carolina. He was the son of a planter, Stephen Wall, and his slave. Wall and his four siblings were manumitted in 1837 when their father sent them to the […]

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Ota Benga: Mbuti Pygmy, Featured In Human Zoo

Jan 31, 2020 09:14 am

Ota Benga was a man from the Mbuti people. He grew up near the Kasai River in what was then known as the Belgian Congo, run by King Leopold II as a personal preserve for his exclusive use and profit. Leopold’s forces routinely slaughtered Africans or enslaved them to extract natural resources, such as rubber, maiming them by […]

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Civil Rights and Peace Activist “Wallace F. Nelson” Refused to Bear Arms During World War II

Jan 31, 2020 09:14 am

Wallace F. “Wally” Nelson was a committed civil rights and peace activist. During the 1950s, he served as the first national field organizer for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). He directed numerous workshops on nonviolent direct action in Washington, D.C. Nelson was born on March 27, 1909, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was the […]

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Lewis Adams: Founding Force Behind Tuskegee State Normal School

Jan 31, 2020 09:14 am

Lewis Adams was a Black businessman, educator, and public policy administrator. Born a slave on October 27, 1842, very little is known about his early life. Despite not being formally educated, Adams was able to read, write, and speak several languages. He was also a skilled man who had experience as a shoemaker, tinsmith, and harness maker. […]

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Ask a Slave Ep 2: Abolitioning [VIDEO]

Jan 31, 2020 09:14 am

Ask A Slave is a satirical web series based on the actress’s 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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5 Things About Slavery You Probably Didn’t Learn In Social Studies

Jan 31, 2020 09:14 am

Edward Baptist’s new book, “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery And The Making Of American Capitalism”, drew a lot of attention last month after the Economist said it was too hard on slave owners. What you might not have taken away from the ensuing media storm is that “The Half Has Never Been Told” […]

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Fred Hart Williams: Pioneer Historian of African American History

Jan 31, 2020 09:14 am

Fred Hart Williams dedicated his life to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of historical materials about African Americans. Williams was born on February 2, 1882. He attended Central High School, the University of Detroit and Detroit College of Law. After completing his education, Williams worked as a tax clerk for the City of Detroit, he […]

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