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Poem: “From Thirsty” by Poet Dionne Brand

Nov 16, 2020 02:46 pm

Dionne Brand OC is a Canadian poet, novelist, essayist and documentarian. She was Toronto’s third Poet Laureate from September 2009 to November 2012. She was admitted to the Order of Canada in 2017. Dionne Brand was born in Guayaguayare, Trinidad and Tobago. She graduated from Naparima Girls’ High School in San Fernando, Trinidad, in 1970, […]

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Morris W. Morris: U.S. Army Officer, Also Known As “Mephistopheles” In Faust

Nov 16, 2020 02:46 pm

Morris W. Morris, an officer in the United States Army, he served in the military for three-and-a-half years in the Civil War. After the war, he pursued a career in acting. He was best known for his role of Mephistopheles in Faust. Morris was born in Jamaica on September 4, 1844. He was married to […]

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Cecil Newman: Pioneer Editor and Publisher of the Minneapolis Spokesman and St. Paul Recorder

Nov 16, 2020 02:46 pm

Cecil Newman was an newspaper publisher and businessman. In 1932, he published the Timely Digest, a weekly magazine, and in 1934, he became editor and publisher of the Minneapolis Spokesman and the St. Paul Recorder. He was a prominent leader throughout his community. Newman was born on July 25, 1903, in Kansas City, Missouri. He […]

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The Council of Federated Organization

Nov 16, 2020 02:46 pm

The Council of Federated Organization was founded in Jackson, Mississippi in 1962, COFO included the statewide organizations of three national civil rights groups, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) led by Bob Moses, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) under Tom Gaither, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The organization was […]

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Dr. Ollye Shirley: Leader in Public Television, Children’s Programming & Civil Rights Activist

Nov 16, 2020 02:46 pm

Dr. Ollye Shirley was an accomplished leader in public television, children’s programming and advocacy, civil rights activism, public education, community service, and more. Shirley was accepted to Tougaloo College at age 15. She later interned for Dr. T. R. M. Howard, who was a leader in civil rights and a leader for economic empowerment for […]

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Amy Ashwood Garvey: Pan-African Activist & Founder of the Negro World Newspaper

Nov 16, 2020 02:46 pm

Amy Ashwood, a Jamaican Pan-African activist, director of the Black Star Line Steamship Corporation, and founded the Negro World newspaper. She was also one of the founding members of the Universal Negro Improvement Association in Jamaica, and the first wife of Marcus Garvey. Ashwood was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica, and spent several years of […]

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Flash Black Photo: African American Woman

Nov 16, 2020 02:46 pm

Young African American woman seated wearing a white cotton blouse and skirt with a dark fur stole around her shoulders. c1915 Found On Flicker.com in Black History Album

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Poem: From Citizen: “Some Years There Exists a Wanting to Escape

Nov 16, 2020 02:46 pm

Claudia Rankine earned a BA at Williams College and an MFA at Columbia University. Rankine has published several collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric (2014), a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, the PEN Center USA Poetry Award, and the Forward poetry prize; Don’t Let […]

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James Forman: Civil Rights Leader Active in Black Panther Party and International Black Workers Congress

Nov 16, 2020 02:46 pm

James Forman was an American Civil Rights leader active in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Black Panther Party, and the International Black Workers Congress Forman was born on October 4, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois. As an 11-month-old baby, he was sent to live with his grandmother on her farm in Marshall County, Mississippi. Forman […]

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Schooled by Youtube: Heads of Hate #13: Millard Fillmore

Nov 16, 2020 02:46 pm

In a video posted on The Black History School, we learn more about “God knows I detest slavery, but it is an existing evil, for which we are not responsible, and we must endure it and give it such protection as is guaranteed by the constitution, till we get rid of it without destroying the […]

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