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Black String Band: Organization Created to Protect Abolitionist John Brown

Aug 24, 2020 10:45 am

The “Black String Band” was an organization created to protect abolitionist John Brown while he was planning his raid on the federal arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia. Brown, believed that African Americans should immediately attain their freedom from slavery and also gain equal rights with whites. During the early 1850s, Brown, a conductor on the […]

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Elias Brown Jr: Free African American Almost Tricked into Becoming a Slave

Aug 24, 2020 10:45 am

Elias Brown, Jr., was a free African American but was almost tricked into becoming a slave. Brown was born in 1815, presumably in Ohio. In 1829, he resided with his mother in Jackson Township, in Pike County, Ohio. His father died while he was still a child. In 1829, construction of the Ohio and Erie […]

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August 24: Today in 1948, Edith Irby Became the University of Arkansas’ First Black Student

Aug 24, 2020 10:45 am

Photo credits: The Encyclopedia of Arkansas/uark.edu Edith Irby-Jones (pictured) became the first African American student to attend the University of Arkansas on August 24, 1948, according to Timelines of History. Irby-Jones also attended the University of Arkansas Medical School, which is now called the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), in Little Rock (Pulaski County). Not only was […]

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Dr. James B. McMillan: Civil Rights Activist & Doctor of Dentistry

Aug 24, 2020 10:45 am

Dr. James B. McMillan was born in Aberdeen, Mississippi, on January 14, 1917. He was five years old when his protective grandfather died and Mississippi’s scary racial environment caused his family to move to Chicago, Illinois, where they lived a short time before moving to Detroit, Michigan. McMillan attended primary school in Michigan and later […]

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Charles H. Nicks: Founding Member of the Gospel Music Workshop of America

Aug 24, 2020 10:45 am

Charles Hercules Nicks, Jr.  was an American gospel musician and former pastor, organist, and accompanist of St. James Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan. Rev. Nicks released his first musical project in 1985, Come Unto Jesus with Sound of Gospel. When Charles H. Nicks, Jr. became the organist for the St. James Baptist Church in Detroit […]

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The Poke Patch Settlement: Predominantly African-American Community in Ohio

Aug 24, 2020 10:45 am

The Poke Patch Settlement was a predominantly African-American community. The community was located in Lawrence County, in Ohio. A large number of African Americans, including many former slaves, found employment as farmers or in the area’s booming iron industry. Many whites refused employment in the iron foundries due to the dangerous working conditions, allowing African […]

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The Avenue: A Vibrant African American Community that Had it “ALL”

Aug 24, 2020 10:45 am

In the height of Jim Crow-era Jacksonville, the Avenue was a center of commerce for the Jacksonville, Florida’s Eastside black community. One major event changed things dramatically for the community. The Eastside Race Riot of 1969 in Jacksonville, Florida was sparked by a shooting of a black man, Buck Riley by a white truck driver […]

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“A Company Of Her Own”: Pearl Primus Introduced African Dance To Audiences Outside African Culture

Aug 24, 2020 10:45 am

Pearl Eileen Primus (1919 –1994) was a dancer, choreographer and anthropologist who played an important role in the presentation of African dance to audiences outside African culture. She is also a major contributor in a book entitled African Dance – edited by Kariamu Weish Asante from which I have drawn some observations. She has been […]

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David Leroy Nickens: First Black Ordained as a Minister in Ohio

Aug 24, 2020 10:45 am

David Leroy Nickens was probably the first African American to be ordained as a minister in Ohio. Nickens was born a slave in Virginia in 1794. It is unclear how Nickens attained his freedom, but by 1806, he and his parents had moved to Chillicothe, Ohio. Nickens received an education in Cincinnati, Ohio, returning to […]

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Jane Edna Hunter: Established the Working Girls Association in Cleveland, OH

Aug 24, 2020 10:45 am

Jane Edna Hunter was a pioneering African-American social worker. Hunter established the Working Girls Association in Cleveland, in 1911, to offer shelter, assistance, and education to women. It later became the Phillis Wheatley Association of Cleveland, which provides social services for children, the elderly and people in need. Hunter was born in South Carolina in […]

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