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Bill Richmond: Top Tier Prize Fighter

Mar 13, 2019 01:58 am

There’s something unsurprising about 19th century and early 20th century boxers who pass away or spend their final days in bars. Bill Richmond could be said to be one such pugilist. Born August 1763 in Staten Island, New York, he spent his early years as a slave in Richmondtown before arriving in England in 1777. […]

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Reverend Addie L. Wyatt: First Black Woman Named As “Person of the Year” by Time Magazine

Mar 13, 2019 01:58 am

Addie L. Wyatt was a renowned civil rights activist and leader in the United States Labor movement. However, she is best known for being the first African American woman-elected international vice president of a major labor union, the Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union. Throughout her career, she constantly fought for human rights as a woman, a black person, and as […]

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Janie P. Barrett: Founder & First President of The Virginia State Federation of Colored Women’s Club

Mar 13, 2019 01:58 am

Janie Porter Barrett was a social reformer as an American social reformer, educator, and welfare worker. She established the Virginia Industrial School for Colored Girls, a pioneering rehabilitation center for African-American female delinquents. She was also the founder of the Virginia State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs. Barrett was born in Athen, Georgia on August […]

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The First Fugitive Slave Law Enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1793

Mar 13, 2019 01:58 am

BY WALTER OPINDE The most controversial laws of the late 18th and the early 19th centuries were the “Fugitive Slave Acts.” Many Northern states passed these special legislations in their attempts solve the issue of slaves’ escapes. Therefore, the Fugitive Slave Acts were a pair of federal laws that permitted the capture and return of […]

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Coleman Manufacturing Company: The First Cotton Mill Owned and Operated by African Americans

Mar 13, 2019 01:58 am

The Coleman Manufacturing Company was the first cotton mill established in the United States in 1897 that was owned and operated by African Americans. The idea to establish the mill came from the need for blacks to have better opportunities at jobs, as many of the cotton mills owned by whites would only employ blacks […]

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June 6, 1966: James Meredith, the First Black Student at the University of Mississippi and a Civil Rights Activist, is Shot

Mar 13, 2019 01:58 am

BY WALTER OPINDE  On this date, 6th June, 1966, a civil rights activist and the first African-American to attend and successfully accomplish his studies at the University of Mississippi in 1962, James Howard Meredith, was shot and severely wounded by a sniper. This was shortly after he began a lone civil-rights march through the South. […]

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The Significance Of “Watch Night Service” A.K.A “Freedom’s Eve” For African American

Mar 13, 2019 01:58 am

The Watch Night service can be traced back to gatherings also known as “Freedom’s Eve.” On that night, #Black slaves and free blacks came together in churches and private homes all across the nation awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation actually had become law.  At the stroke of midnight, it was January 1, 1863; all […]

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Esther Georgia Irving Cooper: Worked to Improve Educational Opportunities for Black Children

Mar 13, 2019 01:58 am

Esther Georgia Irving Cooper was a civil rights leader in Arlington County. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, and the daughter of former slaves, Cooper moved to Northern Virginia to work for the federal Forest Service. Cooper was born on November 28, 1881, in Cleveland, Ohio, and was the daughter of William Irving and Katherine Harris […]

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June 6, 1997: Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls Tied NBA Finals Record

Mar 13, 2019 01:58 am

June 6, 1997: Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls tied an then NBA Finals record when he made seven 3-pointers in Chicago’s 104-93 Game 3 loss to the Utah Jazz. Kenny Smith of the Houston Rockets previously set the record with 7 treys vs. Orlando on June 7, 1995. Finish Reading The Originally Post on […]

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African Hair Braiding No Longer a Crime in Iowa Thanks to Two Black Women Who Fought Back

Mar 13, 2019 01:58 am

Braiders in Iowa no longer need to get a cosmetology license to plait customers’ hair. Thanks to two Black women who brought a lawsuit against the state with a non-profit public interest law firm, stylists who practice unlicensed braiding will not face jail time. Aicheria Bell and Achan Agit filed and won a civil suit against […]

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