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Wilson Pickett: Renowned Musical Singer and Song Writer

Jan 20, 2020 12:52 pm

Wilson Pickett was a one of a kind when it came to soul and rock and roll music. Not only did Pickett sing, but he was an extraordinary composer and created various pieces for himself and others. He is best-known for his hits “In the Midnight Hour, “Land of 1,000 Dances,” Mustang Sally,” and “Funky […]

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Cora Mae Brown: First Black Woman to Serve in Michigan State Senate

Jan 20, 2020 12:52 pm

Cora Mae Brown dedicated her life to working closely with African American communities, especially the women during the Great Depression and into the war years. She became the first black woman to serve in the Michigan State Senate where she supported legislation for fair housing and equal employment. Brown was born in 1914 in Bessemer […]

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Elizabeth Key Grinstead: The Slave Whose Precedent Setting Case For Freedom Changed Virginia Law

Jan 20, 2020 12:52 pm

The story of Elizabeth Key Grinstead is one of the most fascinating in our history. Like many slaves, Key Grinstead was the product of an interracial union; her mother was black and her father was white. She herself was considered a slave and was traded several times before suing for her freedom in an English court in […]

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Samuel C. Watson: Druggist, Doctor & Civic Leader

Jan 20, 2020 12:52 pm

Samuel C. Watson was a druggist, doctor, and civic leader in Detroit, Michigan and Chatham, Ontario. In the late 1850s and early 1860s, Watson was a part of the Detroit-Chatham Underground Railroad and closely connected with William Whipper and George DeBaptiste. During the American Civil War. Watson was born in South Carolina in 1832. He […]

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Prince Hall: Founder of “Black Freemasonry” in the United States

Jan 20, 2020 12:52 pm

Abolitionist Prince Hall is notable for his leadership in the free black community in Boston. Hall lobbied for education rights for black children and was extremely active in the Back-to-Africa movement. He is also noted for being the founder of “Black Freemasonry” in the United States. Prince Hall was born between 1735 and 1738, but […]

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Robert L. Millender Sr: Attorney & Civil Rights Activist in the City of Detroit

Jan 20, 2020 12:52 pm

Robert L. Millender Sr. was an attorney, and civil rights activist in the city of Detroit and political campaigner, best known for his drive to improve the representation of African Americans in political leadership. Millender was born on December 8, 1916, in Chicora, Mississippi. His family moved to Detroit in 1921 when his father migrated […]

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Dr. Olivia J. Hooker: Last Survivor of Tulsa’s Black Wall Street (Video)

Jan 20, 2020 12:52 pm

Greenwood, Oklahoma was coined the Black Wall Street. It was a prosperous town filled with African-Americans who were living well and operating their own businesses. However, because of jealousy, deceit, and discrimination, Greenwood was burned to the ground by white racists on June 1, 1921. Over 10,000 black men, women, and children lost their homes […]

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William “Sunnie” Wilson: Motivator in the Development of Detroit’s Music & Entertainment Scene

Jan 20, 2020 12:52 pm

William Nathaniel “Sunnie” Wilson has been a distinguished member of the city’s entertainment, political, and business communities for over six decades. When Wilson purchased the Forest Club on Detroit’s legendary Hastings Street in 1941, he became the owner of the largest black-owned nightclub in the country. Wilson was born on October 7, 1908, in Columbia, […]

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Jackie L. Wilson: Renowned Singer Best-Known as “Mr. Excitement” (Video)

Jan 20, 2020 12:52 pm

Jackie Leroy Wilson, Jr., was an American soul singer-songwriter and performer. He was known as “Mr. Excitement” and had a big impact on the transition of rhythm and blues into soul. Wilson was born on June 9, 1934, in Detroit, Michigan. As a teenager, he was also a successful Golden Gloves boxer. However, as his […]

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Willie Tyler: Renowned Ventriloquist, Comedian, Actor [VIDEO]

Jan 20, 2020 12:52 pm

Willie Tyler is a ventriloquist, comedian, and actor often credited as Willie Tyler & Lester. He has appeared in several sitcoms, movies, and commercials. Tyler was born in Red Level, Alabama, and raised in South East Detroit, Michigan. Tyler has had guest roles in The Parent ‘Hood, Pacific Blue, What’s Happening Now!!, The White Shadow […]

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