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February 13: Happy Birthday To News Journalist Malvin Goode

Nov 13, 2020 02:10 pm

Malvin Russell Goode was the first African American news correspondent for a major television network. Goode was born on February 13, 1908, in White Plains, Virginia, but his family moved to Homestead, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, when he was very young. Goode, the third of four boys and two girls, attended public school in Homestead, Pennsylvania. […]

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Oliver Law: Black Commander of the Spanish Civil War

Nov 13, 2020 02:10 pm

Oliver Law was a member of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, he was among the African Americans who supported Ethiopia in its battle against the Italian invasion of that African nation. Law was born in west Texas on Oct. 23, 1900. He was 19 when he joined the U.S. Army and served as a private in […]

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“We Are Literally Slaves”: Black Nanny Dispels The Contented Mammy Myth

Nov 13, 2020 02:10 pm

In folklore the black nursemaid was seen as a dutiful, self-sacrificing black woman who loved her white family and its children every bit as much as her own. Yet the popular images of the loyal, contented black nursemaid, or “mammy,” were unfortunately far from the reality for the African-American women who worked in these homes. […]

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Happy Birthday to Whoopi Goldberg, Legendary Comedienne & Actress

Nov 13, 2020 02:10 pm

Photo credits: Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock Whoopi Goldberg (born Caryn Elaine Johnson) is an American comedian, actress, and producer known for her work in theatre, film, television, and recordings. She was born in New York City on November 13, 1955. An accomplished performer with a wide repertoire, Goldberg’s work ranged from dramatic leading roles to controversial comedic performances. She also garnered […]

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November 12: The National Negro Opera Company Was Founded Today in 1941

Nov 13, 2020 02:10 pm

Photo credits: The Library of Congress/Amirhbahati.wordpress.com The National Negro Opera Company was founded on November 12, 1941. It was the first African-American opera company in the United States. Organized in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, under the direction of Mary Cardwell Dawson. The company was launched with a performance at the local Syria Mosque. The star was La Julia Rhea, and other members included Minto Cato, Carol Brice, Robert McFerrin, and Lillian […]

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November 12: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. Was Founded Today in 1922

Nov 13, 2020 02:10 pm

Photo credits: YouTube/Tyshana Richard Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated (ΣΓΡ) is a historically African American Greek lettered sorority. ΣΓΡ was founded on November 12, 1922, at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana by seven young educators. It was incorporated within the state of Indiana in December 1922 and became a national collegiate sorority on December 30, 1929, when a charter was granted to the Alpha chapter. Mary Lou Allison Gardner Little, Dorothy […]

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George Branham III: First African-American to Win a PBA Tour Title and Tournament of Champions

Nov 13, 2020 02:10 pm

George Branham III is a professional ten-pin bowler and former member of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA). He began his career in 1984 and retired at the end of the 2003 season. His career is most noted because he was the first African American to win a PBA tour title as well as win the Tournament […]

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William W. Cooke: First Black Man Employed to the U.S. Treasury Department Supervising Architect’s Office

Nov 13, 2020 02:10 pm

William Wilson Cooke was the first African American man employed to the office of the supervising architect at the United States Treasury Department. After passing a three-day federal civil service examination in Boston, he was hired in 1907. Cooke was born on December 27, 1871 in Greenville, South Carolina. He was the son of former […]

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Bertha Calloway: Community Activist and Historian in North Omaha, Nebraska

Nov 13, 2020 02:10 pm

Bertha Calloway  was an African-American community activist and historian in North Omaha, Nebraska. The founder of the Negro History Society and the Great Plains Black History Museum, Calloway won awards from several organizations for her activism in the community and Nebraska. “I Love Black History” is the current website for the Bertha W. Calloway Center […]

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Poem: “Everything Is Free” by George Elliott Clarke

Nov 13, 2020 02:10 pm

George Elliott Clarke, OC ONS is a Canadian poet and playwright and is currently serving as the Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate. Born to William and Geraldine Clarke in Windsor, Nova Scotia, Clarke has spent much of his career writing about the black communities of Nova Scotia. Clarke worked as a parliamentary assistant to Howard McCurdy, […]

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