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Betye Saar: Known for Famous Collages that Publicly Criticize Racist Attitudes

Apr 13, 2020 01:09 pm

Betye Irene Saar is best-known for her famous collages that lampoon racist attitudes about African-Americans and for installations featuring mystical themes. Saar was born Betye Irene nue Brown in Los Angeles, California. After her father’s death in 1931, Saar, along with her mother and younger brother and sister, moved in with her maternal great-aunt and […]

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Hattie Canty: One of the Greatest Strike Leaders in U.S. History

Apr 13, 2020 01:09 pm

Hattie Canty, a labor activist in Las Vegas, Nevada has often been called “one of the greatest strike leaders in U.S. history. Canty grew up in Alabama before moving to California, marrying and starting a family. Following high school, she married and had two children. When she and her husband divorced, Canty moved with her […]

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Isaac M. Burgan: Became an Influential Slave in McDowell County, North Carolina

Apr 13, 2020 01:09 pm

Isaac M. Burgan was born a slave October 6, 1848, in McDowell County, North Carolina near Marion to a slave, Sylva Burgan. Burgan was still just a young child when he decided to fight back. His mother worked as a house slave and often took him along with her to the “main house” where he […]

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James Weldon Johnson’s, “Lift Every Voice and Sing”

Apr 13, 2020 01:09 pm

 The birth of Lift Every Voice and Sing “A group of young men in Jacksonville, Florida, arranged to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday in 1900. My brother, J. Rosamond Johnson, and I decided to write a song to be sung at the exercises. I wrote the words and he wrote the music. Our New York publisher, Edward […]

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Billy Eckstine: Extraordinaire Singer Known for Sophisticated Form of Balladry

Apr 13, 2020 01:09 pm

Billy Eckstine was an extraordinary singer known for his sophisticated form of balladry. Although he was considered to not be a jazz musician, he loved working with other young jazz musicians. Eckstine was born in 1914 and grew up in Washington, D.C. He began singing at age eleven. However, it was not until he was in […]

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From Slavery To Sainthood: Father Augustus Tolton, One Of America’s First Black Catholic Priest

Apr 13, 2020 01:09 pm

Born into slavery in 1854, Fr. Augustus (Augustine) Tolton was one of the country’s first African American Roman Catholic priests. Tolton shares early black Catholic history with three brothers of Irish-African American ancestry: James, Sherwood, and Patrick Healy. The Healy brothers were ordained two to three decades prior to Tolton but did not encounter the […]

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Juliet Miles: Died in Prison Trying to Save Her Children from Slavery

Apr 13, 2020 01:09 pm

In 1851, Reverend John Gregg Fee, one of Kentucky’s most prominent abolitionists, purchased Juliet Miles, an enslaved woman from his father. His intentions of the purchase were to keep Miles from being sold. Fee demanded the immediate uncompensated freedom of the slaves, since he considered slavery a moral evil. After he purchased Juliet from his […]

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Black Portland: The Gentrification of Albina

Apr 13, 2020 01:09 pm

In the first entry, we introduced Portland’s Albina neighborhood–at one time, home to the largest concentration of Black people in the city. Now we’ll go into the area as it entered the 1950s.   Albina’s Decline Period The 1950s saw the area’s Black residents attempt to make the best of their situation. They were frozen […]

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15 Ebony Magazine Covers That Will Make You Remember A Simpler Time

Apr 13, 2020 01:09 pm

1. November 1947: Introducing the iconic and multifaceted Lena Horne. Ebony Magazine / Via schomburgcenter.tumblr.com Horne navigated Hollywood on her own terms, refusing to accept stereotypical roles. 2. July 1949: Billie Holiday declares she is rehabilitated. Ebony Magazine / Via Flickr: vieilles_annonces Sadly, Holiday died a few years later from complications due to drug and […]

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The Dossier: Frank Lucas Pt. 2

Apr 13, 2020 01:09 pm

With 116th Street as his base, Frank Lucas reeled in big money selling heroin. He would sell directly to users without dealing with suppliers or the Mafia.   Blue Magic Lucas managed to keep the operating cost of his group low by either selling himself or with family and friends out of North Carolina. He […]

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