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Ava DuVernay Working on Prince Documentary for Netflix

Oct 30, 2018 09:54 am

Producer/director Ava DuVernay is working with Netflix on a Prince documentary, two sources have confirmed to Variety. The project has the full cooperation of the late artist’s estate, which is providing with interviews, archival footage, photos and archive access. The multiple-part documentary will cover the artist’s entire life. “Prince was a genius and a joy and […]

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Kelly Miller: Founded First Organization for Black Intellectuals, The American Negro Academy

Oct 30, 2018 09:54 am

Kelly Miller was a political activist born in 1863 in Winnsboro, South Carolina. He was the sixth child to Kelly and Elizabeth Miller. He earned his B.A. in 1886 from Howard University. While at Howard, he served as a clerk in the United States Pensions Office. In 1887, Miller became one of the first black […]

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Blackdom: Once the Famous All-Black Community in New Mexico

Oct 30, 2018 09:54 am

#Blackdom was founded by African-American settlers in 1901 and abandoned in the mid-1920s. The community was started by Frank and Ella Boyer under the requirements of the Homestead Act. During the first decade the town had great growth. Settlers from around the United States arrived and moved to the community. #Frank Boyer grew up hearing stories from […]

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Flash Black Photo: Portrait of Child, “Negro Exhibition”

Oct 30, 2018 09:54 am

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At Black Then, we frequently see interesting photos that give us a glimpse into the past. They tend to show us a piece of black history that is often not covered in textbooks, in history classes, or shown in the media. In a photo that we found on Black History Album , we see this […]

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Ed Bullins: Award-Winning Playwright of the Black Arts Movement

Oct 30, 2018 09:54 am

Ed Bullins is an award-winning African-American playwright. He was also the Minister of Culture for the Black Panthers, and one of the best-known playwrights of the Black Arts Movement. Bullins was born in 1935 in Philadelphia to Bertha Marie Queen and Edward Bullins. He was raised by his mother and attended predominantly white schools. Bullins became […]

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General Irene Trowell-Harris: First Black Female General in 357-Year History of Army and National Guards

Oct 30, 2018 09:54 am

Brigadier General Irene Trowell-Harris was born in Aiken, S.C. She graduated from Jersey City State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in health education. She also a graduate of Columbia Hospital School of Nursing, and earned a master’s degree in public health from Yale University and a doctorate in education for Teachers […]

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Meet The First Black Criminal Defense Attorney In The State Of Minnesota

Oct 30, 2018 09:54 am

Fredrick McGhee, a founding member of the Niagara Movement, was born into #slavery in Mississippi in 1861. He was freed in 1864 as General William T. Sherman’s army marched through the northeastern part of the state. McGhee’s parents helped make it possible for him to attend a United Presbyterian Church freemen’s school in Knoxville, Tennessee […]

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Henry Bibb: Escaped Slave Who Established the First Black Newspaper in Canada

Oct 30, 2018 09:54 am

Henry Walton Bibb was an American author and abolitionist who was born a slave. Bibb was born in Cantalonia, Kentucky on May 10, 1815. He escaped from #slavery to Canada, and later founded the first abolitionist newspaper in Canada, The Voice of the Fugitive. Bibb was born to a slave woman, Mildred Jackson. His father […]

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James A. Hall: First Black State Trooper of Tennessee

Oct 30, 2018 09:54 am

James A. Hall was the first black person ever selected to serve as a Tennessee state trooper. Hall was hired on August 1, 1964, but sent to the Driver’s License Division because it could not be determined when he would be assigned to road duty as a trooper. It was not until October 1, 1965, […]

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5 Cases that Led to the Brown V. Board of Education Ruling

Oct 30, 2018 09:54 am

There were 5 cases that aided in the ruling of the Brown v. Board of Education case. Brown was a little girl who was forced by the Topeka, Kansas school district to walk  six blocks to catch a bus to a #black school when a white school was only blocks away from her home. When the case […]

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