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Why Was February Chosen to Celebrate Black History Month?

Jun 06, 2019 10:01 pm

Every February since 1976, the United States has celebrated the achievements of African-Americans during Black History Month. The month-longcelebration puts those accomplishments and milestones into focus via the media and in classrooms. But why February? Was that part of the calendar chosen for any specific purpose? It was. Black History Month began as “Negro History Week,” […]

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United Sons of Ham of America: Secret African American Society During Reconstruction

Jun 06, 2019 10:01 pm

The United Sons of Ham of America was a popular African American secret society in the South organized during the Reconstruction period. The society aimed to encourage industry, brotherly love, and charity by providing support to the widows and orphans of its deceased members. In a book describing the rituals of the organization, since author […]

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Gaspar Yanga: The First Liberator of Mexico

Jun 06, 2019 10:01 pm

Gaspar Yanga was born around 1545 as part of the Gabonese royal family but he would go down in history as one of Mexico’s heroes. It’s not known when he was captured, but he was transported to Mexico. At the time Mexico was a large part of New Spain and had a very large population of […]

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‘Homecoming’: How Beyonce Brings African American History Into the Present With Her Netflix Film

Jun 06, 2019 10:01 pm

With a new concert documentary, Beyoncé's Coachella performance puts her profound mission in context.

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The Frank Case: One of California’s Most Disputed Trials in Early History

Jun 06, 2019 10:01 pm

In 1851, “Frank Case,” became one of the most disputed trials in the early history of California. A Missouri slave owner by the name of Calloway, took his slave Frank to work in California’s gold mines in 1850. Soon after arrival at the mines, Frank eluded his owner to join the ranks of freedom seekers […]

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Anthony P. Crawford: The Lynching of One of the Richest Black Men in Abbeville, South Carolina

Jun 06, 2019 10:01 pm

Anthony Crawford was an African American who was killed by a violent lynch mob in Abbeville, South Carolina in 1916. Born during the Reconstruction era, his father was the owner of a small acreage of cotton fields. Crawford learned to read and write in a small school in town. After his father’s death, he inherited […]

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June 19, 1962: Happy Birthday Paula Abdul

Jun 06, 2019 10:01 pm

BY WALTER OPINDE On this day, June 19, 1962, a famous African-American (with Canadian origin), Paula Abdul, was born in San Francisco, California.  Paula Abdul is a ground-breaking choreographer, dancer, songwriter, performer, designer, actor, and businesswoman. She is a two-time Emmy Award winner, Grammy Award winner, American Music Award winner, and multi-platinum recording artist who […]

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June 19, 1936: Happy Birthday to the Late Musician, Shirley Goodman

Jun 06, 2019 10:01 pm

BY WALTER OPINDE  On this day, 19th June, 1936, an African-American R&B singer, songwriter, and actress, Shirley Mae Goodman was born in New Orleans.  Shirley Goodman was best known as one half of Shirley and Lee, a 1950s duo. Later in her career, she had a resurgence with the disco hit “Shame, Shame, Shame” in the 1970s. After […]

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June 19, 1972: Flood v Kuhn is Decided

Jun 06, 2019 10:01 pm

June 19, 1972: Flood v Kuhn is decided. The Supreme Court, invoking the principle of stare decisis (“to stand by things decided”), ruled 5-3 in favor of Major League Baseball, citing as precedent a 1922 ruling in Federal Baseball Club v. National League. Justice Lewis Powell recused himself owing to his ownership of stock in […]

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Jack Johnson: Not Just The First Black Heavy Weight Title Champion, He Also Patented Improvements To The Wrench

Jun 06, 2019 10:01 pm

According to blackinventors.com, Jack Johnson is one of the most interesting inventors ever, not simply because of his invention but more so because of his celebrated and controversial life. Johnson was born on March 31, 1878 in Galveston, Texas under the name John Arthur Johnson and spent much of his teenage life working on boats […]

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