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Walter T. Bailey: First African-American Graduate of the University of Illinois’ School of Architecture

Feb 19, 2021 01:29 pm

Walter Thomas Bailey was an American architect from Kewanee, Illinois. He was the first African-American graduate with a bachelor of science degree in architectural engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the first licensed African-American architect in the state of Illinois. Bailey was born January 11, 1882, in Kewanee, Illinois. After completing high […]

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Louisa “Lulu” Matilda Jacobs: Teacher, Equal Rights Activist & Entrepreneur

Feb 19, 2021 01:29 pm

Louisa “Lulu” Matilda Jacobs was a teacher, equal rights activist, and entrepreneur. Jacobs was born a slave in Edenton, North Carolina, on October 19, 1833. She was the daughter of congressman and newspaper editor Samuel Tredwell Sawyer and his mixed-race enslaved mistress Harriet Jacobs. Louisa Jacobs was educated in private schools in New York City, […]

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The Evelyn Bundy Band: One of the Most Influential Jazz Ensembles of its Time

Feb 19, 2021 01:29 pm

The Evelyn Bundy Band was formed in 1926 and was one of the earliest and most influential jazz ensembles of its time. The band performed in nightclubs and contributed to the foundation of what became a thriving and authentic black jazz scene. Evelyn Bundy began performing professionally at the age of 13. Her mother accompanied […]

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Watch 25 Years Of Oprah Winfrey’s Hairstyles In 2 minutes

Feb 19, 2021 01:29 pm

Oprah’s hair has been a thing of wonder since the 1980s, and continues to mesmerize today. OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, released a supercut of all the hairstyles that the iconic host has sported since her start in 1986. From big and fluffy to straight and chic, Oprah has done it all — and has […]

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Edward William Brooke III: First African American Popularly Elected to the United States Senate

Feb 19, 2021 01:29 pm

Edward William Brooke III was a politician and lawyer who was also the first first African American popularly elected to the United States Senate. He represented Massachusetts in the Senate from 1967 to 1979. Brooke was born on October 26, 1919, in Washington, D.C., to Edward William Brooke, Jr. and Helen (Seldon) Brooke. He was […]

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Happy Birthday to the Late and Beloved Toni Morrison

Feb 19, 2021 01:29 pm

By Victor Trammell Photo credits: Bettmann Archives/Getty Images The world was blessed with Toni Morrison (pictured) on February 18, 1931. Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford) was born and raised in Lorain, Ohio. She was the second of four children to George and Ramah Wilford. Morrison was a product of a middle-class family. Her father and […]

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Poem: “Dogwood Blossom” by Poet George Marion McClellan

Feb 19, 2021 01:29 pm

George Marion McClellan was an African American poet, writer, minister, and educator. McClellan was born in Belfast, Tennessee on September 29, 1860 to George Fielding and Eliza (Leonard) McClellan. Little is known about McClellan’s early life. In 1885 McClellan obtained a bachelor’s degree from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.  In 1890, McClellan received a master’s […]

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10 Great Malcolm X Quotes

Feb 19, 2021 01:29 pm

  Malcolm X is known as one of the most celebrated and memorable black leaders during the time of the Civil Rights Movement. For his entire life, Malcolm X fought tirelessly against the evils of racism. As an incredible speaker and leader, Malcolm brought thousands of followers to the Nation of Islam, a revolutionary group […]

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The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – Still Relevant Almost 20 years later

Feb 19, 2021 01:29 pm

1998’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, the debut solo album of R&B artist Lauryn Hill, was one the of best albums of the 90s. She earned 10 nominations and 5 wins at the 41st Grammy Awards, which is the most that any female artist has earned in one night. A combination of R&B, soul, reggae, […]

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Opelousa Massacre of 1868: Hundreds of Blacks Beat and Killed to Keep from Voting

Feb 19, 2021 01:29 pm

On September 28, 1868, the Opelousas Massacre occurred. Hundreds of Blacks in the Louisiana city lost their lives by the hands of whites, many of them who were Confederate veterans and prominent, well-known citizens. The Seymour Knights violently drove potential Black voters away from the Democratic Party, prompting White Republican reporter Emerson Bentley to write […]

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