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Dorothy Mae Taylor: Elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives (1971)

Jan 15, 2021 01:41 pm

Dorothy Mae Taylor became the first African American woman elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1971. This accomplishment was one of many that she held as a public official. Taylor was the youngest of thirteen children born to Charles Henry and Mary Delavallade on August 10, 1928, Dorothy was educated in Orleans Parish […]

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Schooled by Youtube: Heads of Hate #32: Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Jan 15, 2021 01:41 pm

In a video posted on The Black History School, we learn more about Franklin Roosevelt (FDR) initiatives were well received by many minority groups. His New Deal program promoted reform in industries that Blacks, rural whites, Filipino Americans and Chinese Americans relied on. The groups now had better employment opportunities and were protected against discrimination. […]

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Black To The Future: This 18yr Old Talented Beauty Defied Stereotypes And Designed Her Own Stunning Prom Dress

Jan 15, 2021 01:41 pm

  The 18-year-old first debuted the floor-length stunning creation on Twitter, posting a series of pictures of her stunting in her dress while also sporting an enviable afro. She captioned the images, “When European Ideals and standards of beauty mean absolutely nothing.” The tweet ended up getting over 2,000 retweets. She later shared another tweet, […]

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Today in 1970, Diana Ross Left the Supremes to Begin What Became an Illustrious Solo Career

Jan 15, 2021 01:41 pm

Photo credits: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images After rising to fame as the lead singer of the Supremes, Motown’s most commercially successful group, Diana Ross (pictured) officially left to pursue her solo endeavors on Jan. 14, 1970. By that point, the legendary singing group had undergone several changes. In 1967, original group member Florence Ballard was replaced with Cindy Birdsong […]

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Black Student Protesters Took Over University of Minnesota’s Morrill Hall Today in 1969

Jan 15, 2021 01:41 pm

Photo credits: The University of Minnesota On January 14, 1969, Black students, boiling with frustration from neglect and discrimination by the university’s faculty and administration, took over Morrill Hall at the University of Minnesota. Before the takeover, African-American students could not stay in university dormitories or join fraternities and sororities. Black students felt there were no incentives tailored to […]

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Harriet “Hattie” Redmond: Leader in the Long struggle for Oregon Woman Suffrage

Jan 15, 2021 01:41 pm

Harriet “Hattie” Redmond was a leader in the long struggle for Oregon woman suffrage, especially during the successful campaign of 1912. The right to vote was especially important to Redmond as a black woman living in a state that had codified black exclusion laws in its constitution. Redmond’s work for voting rights helped lay the groundwork […]

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Poem: “The Gospel of Barbeque” by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

Jan 15, 2021 01:41 pm

Honoree Fanonne Jeffers is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma and the author of The Gospel of Barbecue (2000), for which she received the Wick Poetry Prize. Jeffers was born in 1967 and grew up in Durham, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia. Her work examines culture, religion, race, and family. Her first […]

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Happy Birthday To Legendary Actor & Comedian, Mr. Redd Foxx!

Jan 15, 2021 01:41 pm

Redd Foxx was the stage name of John Elroy Sanford, an American comedian and actor best known for his role on the 1970s sitcom Sanford and Son.  Synopsis Born in 1922, Redd Foxx was the stage name of John Elroy Sanford, an American comedian and actor. He left home around the age of 13 to […]

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Walter M. Farmer: First African American to Serve in a Judicial Capacity in Missouri

Jan 15, 2021 01:41 pm

Walter Moran Farmer, was Washington University law school’s first African-American graduate. He received his LL.B. degree cum laude in 1889. Farmer walked with the dean at his 1899 graduation from Washington University’s law school in St. Louis when the other students refused to walk with him. Farmer was the first African American to serve in […]

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19-Year-Old Attacked at McKinney Pool Party Say White Adults Initiated the Altercation

Jan 15, 2021 01:41 pm

19-year-old Tatiana was one of the organizers of the pool party in McKinney, Texas that ended with police terrorizing kids in the Dallas suburb. Tatiana explains to interviewer E. Johnson that during the cook out, a white woman approached some of the attendees with hostile language. “This lady was saying racial slurs to some friends […]

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