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Andrew Goodman: Participant in the Freedom Summer Movement of 1964

Nov 06, 2020 12:56 pm

Andrew Goodman was a participant in the Freedom Summer movement of 1964.  He originally got his start in the civil rights movement after graduating from Walden School.  He was from the Upper West Side of New York; however, he left New York to train and improve his activism skills at Western College for Women.  At […]

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February 10: Happy Birthday Leontyne Price

Nov 06, 2020 12:56 pm

Mary Violet Leontyne Price, the legendary soprano, was born Feb.10, 1927, in Laurel, Miss. Her father James worked in a lumber mill and her mother Katie was a midwife who sang in the church choir. Price was 14, when she was taken to hear Marian Anderson sing in Jackson, an experience she called inspirational. She […]

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Tom Bass: Made Mexico, Missouri, the “Saddle Horse Capital of the World”

Nov 06, 2020 12:56 pm

Tom Bass was a former slave who became a world-famous rider and trainer of fine show horses. At a young age Bass became known for his skill with and knowledge of horses. Bass rode before presidents and royalty and represented Missouri at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. He invented the “Bass bit,” a horse […]

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Happy Birthday to Victoria J.G. Adams, a Key Pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement

Nov 06, 2020 12:56 pm

Photo credits: YouTube screenshot/Mississippi Power Born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on November 5, 1926, Victoria Jackson Gray Adams (pictured) became one of the most important Mississippians involved in the Civil Rights Movement.  Her activities included teaching voter registration courses to domestics and sharecroppers, opening the Freedom Schools during Mississippi’s Freedom Summer of 1964, and serving as a National Board Member of the Southern […]

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“The Empress Of the Blues”: How Bessie Smith Became One Of The Highest Paid Black Performers Of Her Time (Video)

Nov 06, 2020 12:56 pm

Bessie Smith was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on April 15, 1894. She began to sing at a young age and in 1923 signed a contract with Columbia Records. Soon she was among the highest-paid black performers of her time with hits like “Downhearted Blues.” By the end of the 1920s, however, her popularity had lessened, […]

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Today in 1917, the Supreme Court Ruled Against KY Discrimination Law in Buchanan v. Warley

Nov 06, 2020 12:56 pm

Photo credits: An Introduction to Constitutional Law Buchanan v. Warley is a case in which the Supreme Court of the United States addressed civil government-instituted racial segregation in residential areas. The Court unanimously contended that a Louisville, Kentucky city ordinance prohibiting the sale of real property to blacks in white-majority neighborhoods or buildings and vice versa violated the Fourteenth Amendment‘s protections for freedom of […]

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November 5: Shirley Chisholm Became the First Black American Woman Elected to Congress in 1968

Nov 06, 2020 12:56 pm

Photo credits: New York Times Co./Getty Images Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm (pictured in front of crowd) was a Brooklyn, New York-born politician and educator whose passion for social justice led her to pursue a career in politics. After four years on the New York state legislature, Chisholm ran as the Democratic candidate for New York’s […]

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132 Living Africans Murdered by Being Thrown Overboard Slave Ships

Nov 06, 2020 12:56 pm

It happened among the Zong ship heading for Jamaica in 1781. The ship was coming to the end of its voyage from the west African coast and was carrying 470 slaves. Water and food were running low on the ship and there was a disease outbreak as well. The captain reasoned that the African slaves […]

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Irwin Holmes: First African-American Graduate at North Carolina State University [Video]

Nov 06, 2020 12:56 pm

“I was not trying to break the color barrier. But when I applied to NC State, that’s what came out in the newspapers all over the state. Everyone was so happy about it that I really didn’t have a choice.” -Irwin Holmes Irwin Holmes grew up in Durham, NC, at a time when segregation was […]

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Happy Birthday to the Beautiful Berlinda Tolbert, Best Known as Actress From ‘The Jeffersons’

Nov 06, 2020 12:56 pm

Photo credits: Antenna TV/Twitter Berlinda Tolbert (born November 4, 1949) is an American film and television actress. Tolbert is best known for her role as Jenny Willis Jefferson, the daughter of Tom and Helen Willis on the CBS sitcom The Jeffersons, which originally aired from 1975 until 1985. Tolbert majored in theater at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. She […]

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