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Fields Cook: Prominent Black Leader in Richmond & Alexandria Virginia

Oct 19, 2020 09:33 am

Fields Cook was born into slavery in King William County and rose to become a prominent African American leader in Richmond and Alexandria. In 1847 he began writing a narrative of his life, one of the longest manuscripts known to have been composed by an enslaved Virginian. Part of the his memoir survives at the […]

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Pastor Says Black Families Were ‘a Lot Stronger, A Lot More Unified And Made A Lot More Progress’ During Slavery

Oct 19, 2020 09:33 am

Dr. Tony Evans, the first African American to earn a doctorate in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, chided black Americans recently for not taking responsibility for the breakdown of their families, declaring that “the white man is not making you do that.” He also charged that black families were a lot stronger and made more […]

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Fred Gray: Prominent Alabama Civil Rights Attorney

Oct 19, 2020 09:33 am

Fred Gray is a prominent Alabama civil rights attorney whose clients have included Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and the victims of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. When he opened his Montgomery law office in 1954, Gray was one of the few African American attorneys in the state. His career blossomed in the context of […]

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October 18: Happy Birthday to Legendary Novelist Terry McMillan

Oct 19, 2020 09:33 am

Photo credits: Matthew Jordan Smith Popular novelist and short-story writer Terry McMillan (pictured left) was born on October 18, 1951, in Port Huron, Michigan to Edward and Madeline McMillan.  During McMillan’s childhood, her father was mostly confined to his home due to tuberculosis. This forced her mother to support the family by working various jobs.  McMillan’s parents divorced when […]

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October 18: Paul Robeson Won the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal Today in 1944

Oct 19, 2020 09:33 am

Photo credits: United in Music Incorporated/NAACP On Oct. 18, 1944, actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson (pictured left) was awarded the Spingarn Medal from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The organization granted Robeson the award for his achievements in the arts. He was also a promising athlete during his time and was known […]

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The First Massive African American Protest in U.S. History Was Led By Children Marching Against Lynching In The Silent Protest Parade

Oct 19, 2020 09:33 am

First Massive African American Protest in American History (July 28, 1917) were children in New York City participating in the Silent Protest Parade against the East St. Louis Riots. Between 8,000 and 10,000 African-Americans marched against lynching and anti-black violence in a protest. The march was precipitated by the East St. Louis Riot of May and […]

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The Brutal Beating of Lamar Howard in Georgia (1946)

Oct 19, 2020 09:33 am

In July 1946, J. Loy Harrison employed two young African-American couples as sharecroppers on his farm in Walton County, Georgia. They were George W. Dorsey (born November 1917), a veteran of World War II who had been back in the United States less than nine months after having served nearly five years in the Pacific […]

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Jump Jim Crow: The Story Behind Blackface

Oct 19, 2020 09:33 am

In 1828, a white New Yorker and comedian named Thomas Dartmouth “Daddy” Rice perform Jump Jim Crow. Dressed in blackface, the character was inspired by the mocking of a disabled black man Rice had seen dancing in Ohio, named Jim Crow. Rice’s performances of Jump Jim Crow engendered a largely popular movement of blackface. Over […]

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Today in 1969, Dr. Clifton Wharton II Became the First Black President of a Major University

Oct 19, 2020 09:33 am

Photo credits: The Wharton Center for the Performing Arts Pioneering economist and corporate executive Clifton Reginald Wharton, Jr. (pictured) was born on September 13, 1926, in Boston, Massachusetts. His father, Clifton R. Wharton, Sr., was the first African American to be named Career Ambassador of the United States Foreign Service where he serviced for over […]

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October 17: D.C.’s Black-Owned & Operated Capital Savings Bank Was Founded Today in 1888

Oct 19, 2020 09:33 am

Photo credits: BankOnDC/Capital Savings Bank of Washington D.C. On this date in 1888, one of the first banks for Black America was organized. The financial institution was called Capital Savings Bank of Washington D.C. The beginning of Black capitalism in America has a strong history.  In spite of Jim Crow segregation during the first 30 years of […]

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