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Sumner Alexander Furniss: Prominent Physician and Surgeon

Oct 30, 2020 11:44 am

Sumner Alexander Furniss was a prominent physician and surgeon. He was the first African American to become a member of the staff at Indianapolis City Hospital in Indiana. He was also a founding member and president of the Indianapolis Young Men’s Colored Association (YMCA). Furniss was born to William H. Furniss and Mary Elizabeth J. […]

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Myrtis Dightman: Most Successful Black Cowboy of the 1960s

Oct 30, 2020 11:44 am

Myrtis Dightman was the most successful black cowboy of the 1960s. As a bullfighter turned bull rider, Dightman became the first black cowboy to ride in the National Finals Rodeo. Dightman finished third in the bull riding world standing. Dightman was born in 1935 in Cockett, Texas. Dightman grew up on a ranch with his […]

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The Farmville Civil Rights Demonstrations

Oct 30, 2020 11:44 am

The Farmville civil rights demonstrations began late in July 1963, when the Reverend L. Francis Griffin organized a direct-action campaign to”protest closed schools, delay in the courts, and segregation in its totality.” Public schools in Prince Edward County and its county seat, Farmville, had been closed since June 1959, when county officials refused to levy […]

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Poem: In That Other Fantasy Where We Live Forever by Poet Wanda Coleman

Oct 30, 2020 11:44 am

Wanda Coleman was an American poet. She was known as “the L.A. Blueswoman” and “the unofficial poet laureate of Los Angeles”. Wanda Evans was born in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, where she grew up during the 1950s and 1960s. She is the eldest of four children. Her parents were George and Lewana (Scott) […]

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The Highest Ranking Military Man Tn The French Army Was Black-The Story Of Thomas Alexandre Dumas

Oct 30, 2020 11:44 am

By Marissa Johnson General Thomas Alexandre Dumas is also known as General Alexandra Davy de la Pailleterie. He was born on March 25, 1762 in Saint-Dominigue, Haiti. He became the highest-ranking officer of color in the European army ever and still holds this honor. The Haitian was born to a fugitive white nobleman and a […]

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October 29: How the Stock Market Crash of 1929 Affected Black America 91 Years Ago Today

Oct 30, 2020 11:44 am

By Victor Trammell Photo credits: Visual Studies Workshop/Getty Images America’s mainstream economists have contended for nearly a century that a singular, market-related disruption on Wall Street ushered in what they call the worst U.S.-based financial crisis of all time. The stock market crash, which occurred on October 29, 1929, is often blamed for the nation’s […]

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Flash Black Photo: African American Family (in front of their home)

Oct 30, 2020 11:44 am

At Black Then, we frequently see interesting photos that give us a glimpse into the past. They tend to show us a piece of black history that is often not covered in textbooks, in history classes, or shown in the media. In a photo that we found on Black History Album , we see this […]

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Blues Legend B.B. King: A Glimpse Into The Amazing Life Of The ‘King of Blues”

Oct 30, 2020 11:44 am

Legendary blues musician B.B. King has died in Las Vegas, his attorney told The Associated Press. Cause of death was not released. He was 89. Here’s a look at the life of blues legend B.B. King. Personal: Birth date: September 16, 1925 Birthplace: Mississippi Delta cotton plantation between Indianola and what is now Itta Bena, Mississippi Birth name: Riley B. […]

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The Coushatta Massacre 1874 (Louisiana)

Oct 30, 2020 11:44 am

The Coushatta Massacre (1874) was the result of an attack by the White League, a paramilitary organization composed of white Southern Democrats, on Republican officeholders and freedmen in Coushatta, the parish seat of Red River Parish, Louisiana. They assassinated six white Republicans and five to 20 freedmen who were witnesses. In August 1874, Thomas Floyd, […]

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Ballad of Birmingham by Poet Dudley Randall

Oct 30, 2020 11:44 am

Dudley Randall published his first poem in the Detroit Free Press when he was thirteen. Randall was born on January 14, 1914, in Washington, D.C., the son of Arthur George Clyde (a Congregational Minister) and Ada Viola (Bradley) Randall (a teacher). After earning degrees in English and library science, Randall worked as a librarian until […]

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