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Wangari Maathai, First Black Woman To Win The Nobel Peace Prize

Jan 24, 2020 01:49 pm

On October 8, 2004, the first Black woman won the Nobel Peace Prize. Kenyan ecologist Wangari Maathai, 64, was honored by the Nobel committee for standing at the “front of the fight to promote ecologically viable social, economic and cultural development in Kenya and in Africa.” She is an outspoken environmentalist, whose tree-planting campaign slows […]

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Victoria Spivey: Renowned Blues Singer, Writer, Pianist, and Ukulele Player [VIDEO]

Jan 24, 2020 01:49 pm

Victoria Spivey, also dubbed as “Queen Victoria,” was known as a woman who could do it all. She was a well-known blues singer, writer, pianist, and ukulele player. Spivey began her recording career at the age of 19. Spivey was born in Houston on October 15, 1906. She left home to work as a pianist […]

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Women Booted From Napa Valley Train Settle Discrimination Lawsuit

Jan 24, 2020 01:49 pm

by Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A group of mostly black women who filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the Napa Valley Wine Train have settled the case for an undisclosed amount. The group’s attorney, Waukeen McCoy, told the San Jose Mercury News on Monday the two parties reached a settlement last week. He says the […]

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Lloyd Newton: Served as the First Black Air Force Thunderbird

Jan 24, 2020 01:49 pm

Lloyd Newton served as the first black Air Force Thunderbird. Newton was a general in the Air Force, educator, and administrator. He was born on December 24, 1942, in Ridgeland, South Carolina, to tenant farmers. His parents worked the land with Newton right alongside them, which taught him to appreciate the value of hard labor. […]

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Roberta Martin: Renowned Gospel Singer, Pianist, Composer, Publisher [VIDEO]

Jan 24, 2020 01:49 pm

Roberta Martin was a gospel singer, pianist, composer, and publisher. Martin was born on February 12, 1907, in Helena, Arkansas, as one of six children born to William and Anna Winston. She took piano lessons from her brother’s wife at the age of six. When she was eight, she moved with her family to Cairo, […]

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Matthew Gaines: Former Slave, Community Leader & Republican State Senator

Jan 24, 2020 01:49 pm

Matthew Gaines was a former slave, community leader, minister, Republican State Senator and courageous leader in the 12th Legislature, which established free public education in the State of Texas and enabled the founding of Texas A&M University. Gaines was born on August 4, 1840 near Alexandria, Louisiana to a female slave owned by the Martin […]

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Dorothy Love Coates: Influential Singer of the “Original Gospel Harmonettes” [VIDEO]

Jan 24, 2020 01:49 pm

Dorothy Love Coates was an influential American gospel singer who rose to stardom in the 1950s as a member of The Original Gospel Harmonettes. She was best known for her “raggedy” voice and preacher’s fire. She was also a notable composer, writing songs such as “You Can’t Hurry God (He’s Right On Time),” “99 and a Half […]

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Amanda E. Randolph: Recorded Several “Piano Rolls” of Hot Jazz and Blues Music

Jan 24, 2020 01:49 pm

Amanda E. Randolph was an American actress, singer, and musician. She was among the first African-American performers to star in a regularly scheduled television show appearing in DuMont’s The Laytons. Randolph was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and was the daughter of a Methodist minister and a teacher. She had a younger sister, Lillian, who also […]

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Dr. John Henrik Clarke: Pan-Africanist Writer, Historian, Professor

Jan 24, 2020 01:49 pm

Dr. John Henrik Clarke was a Pan-Africanist writer, historian, professor, and a pioneer in the development of Africana studies and professional institutions in academia. Clarke was born John Henry Clark on January 1, 1915, in Union Springs, Alabama. He was the youngest child of sharecroppers John and Willie Ella Clark. His family moved to the closest […]

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[Video]Thomas “Beans” Bowles: Renowned Saxophonist and Flutist

Jan 24, 2020 01:49 pm

Thomas “Beans” Bowles played saxophone and flute on several Motown hits by big-name artists including as Marvin Gaye and the Supremes. Bowles composed the harmonica solo for Stevie Wonder’s first hit, “Fingertips Part I” and arranged his “Fingertips Part II.” Bowles was born on May 7, 1926, in South Bend Indiana. He arrived in Detroit […]

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