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[Video] Dorothy Hollingsworth: Prominent Educator & Politician

Jan 22, 2021 09:00 am

Dorothy Hollingsworth, a prominent educator and politician, achieved a number of “firsts” during her years in Seattle. The most important was becoming the first black woman in Washington State’s history to serve on a school board. Hollingsworth was born in Bishopville, South Carolina on October 29, 1920. She moved at an early age to Winston-Salem, […]

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Today in 1949, Dr. J.R. Gladden Became America’s First Black Orthopedic Surgeon

Jan 22, 2021 09:00 am

Photo credits: The J. Robert Gladden Orthopedic Society James Robert Gladden (pictured) was born to James Albert and Luaco Gladden on October 29, 1911, in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from New York’s Long Island University Class in 1936. As a student, he played varsity basketball and was also captain of the varsity tennis team. […]

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Black Abolitionists: “Michael, Row The Boat Ashore” An African American Spiritual

Jan 22, 2021 09:00 am

By Lesley Gist, The Gist of Freedom “Michael, Row the Boat Ashore” is an African-American spiritual. It was first noted during the American Civil War at St. Helena Island, one of the Sea Islands of South Carolina, USA. The song was sung by former slaves whose owners had abandoned the island before the Union navy […]

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KC Monarchs Return After Negro Leagues Museum Partners With Minor League Baseball Team

Jan 22, 2021 09:00 am

Photo credits: Public domain image courtesy of Negro League Baseball Nearly 60 years behind the shutdown of America’s legendary Kansas City Monarchs franchise from yesteryear’s historic Negro Leagues, a professional baseball team in Wyandotte County, Kansas has renamed itself after the ball club, which made John “Buck” O’Neil a household name. According to ESPN, the […]

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Dr. Aaron McDuffie: First Black Physician and Pillar of Durham, NC

Jan 22, 2021 09:00 am

Dr. Aaron McDuffie was Durham, North Carolina’s first black physician and a pillar of the city’s black community. He was among the founders of the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company (1899) and later its president. The company, still in business today, prides itself on its early and unwavering commitment to community improvement, as described […]

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RIP: Remembering The Life Of Political Leader, Marcus Garvey

Jan 22, 2021 09:00 am

Marcus Garvey was a proponent of the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, inspiring the Nation of Islam and the Rastafarian movement. Marcus Garvey was an orator for the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements. Garvey advanced a Pan-African philosophy which inspired a global mass movement, known as Garveyism. Born in Jamaica, Marcus Garvey was an orator […]

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Poem: “The Things in Black Men’s Closet” by E. (Eugene) Ethelbert Miller

Jan 22, 2021 09:00 am

E. (Eugene) Ethelbert Miller was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1950. He attended Howard University and received a BA in African American studies in 1972. A self-described “literary activist,” Miller is on the board of the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive multi-issue think tank, and has served as director of the African […]

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Before Michael Jordan There was the Legendary Basketball Player William “Bill” Russell

Jan 22, 2021 09:00 am

William “Bill” Russell, basketball legend, author, and civil rights figure became the first black head coach in any major sport. He led the Boston Celtics to 11 NBA world titles in 13 years. Russell was born February 12, 1934, in West Monroe, Louisiana to Charles and Katie Russell. His family moved to Oakland, California where […]

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Louisville QB Lamar Jackson Youngest Player Ever To Win Heisman Trophy;

Jan 22, 2021 09:00 am

Lamar Jackson, a sophomore quarterback at the University of Louisville, has won the Heisman Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in college football.  Jackson, who amassed 4,928 yards of total offense and 51 total touchdowns, is youngest player ever and the first player from Louisville to win the Heisman. Wearing a school-color red coat with a […]

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Simon G. Atkins: Founder of Winston-Salem State University & N.C Negro Teachers’ Association

Jan 22, 2021 09:00 am

Simon Green Atkins, educator and founder of Winston-Salem State University and the North Carolina Negro Teachers’ Association. Atkins was born to two former slaves. He was born into slavery on a farm in North Carolina rented by his former master, Capt. E. Bryan. In 1880, after many years of public education, Atkins enrolled in St. Augustine’s […]

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