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Peter D. Thomas: One of the First African Americans Elected to Public Office in Wisconsin

Oct 05, 2018 03:05 am

Peter D. Thomas was an escaped slave who joined the 15th Wisconsin Regiment during its service in Tennessee. Thomas was born around 1847. After escaping slavery, he served Lt. Charles B. Nelson of Co. G at Chickamauga and other battles, then enlisted in a USCT (United States Colored Troops) regiment. Later he followed Wisconsin troops […]

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5 Facts: Cab Calloway’s “Minnie the Moocher”

Oct 05, 2018 03:05 am

By: M. Swift March 31st marks the 86th anniversary of “Minnie the Moocher.” Recorded and co-written by Cab Calloway and His Orchestra. Here are five things about the first jazz song to move one million copies. 5 FACTS: MINNIE THE MOOCHER Calloway performed “Minnie the Moocher”—both with His Orchestra and a stand-in—in the 1980 film The […]

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Flash Black Photo: Dominique Deveraux aka Diahann Carroll | 1979

Oct 05, 2018 03:05 am

Actress Diahann Carroll holding court in her living room discussing the plight of Blacks in the television industry. Quote, “For some reason, whenever black skin is on television, everyone relates to it as if it’s a documentary.”‘ Source:Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library. Copyright Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library. This work […]

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​October 5, 2011: Derrick Bell Died From Carcinoid Cancer 

Oct 05, 2018 03:05 am

Bell died at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, he was 80. At the time, the Associated Press reported: “The dean at NYU, Richard Revesz, said, ‘For more than 20 years, the law school community has been profoundly shaped by Derrick’s unwavering passion for civil rights and community justice, and his leadership as a scholar, teacher, and activist.’ Derrick […]

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Martini Maccomo: The Mighty Czar of All Lion Tamers

Oct 05, 2018 03:05 am

Martini Maccomo was a renowned lion tamer in Victorian Britain. Maccomo was born in Angolo, but some records report him as being born Arthur Williams from the West Indies. His year of birth is unclear but at his time of death, he was around 32. Maccomo joined William Manders’ Grand National Mammoth Menagerie (later known […]

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Sanford Lewis: Another Innocent Man L*nched in Forth Smith, Arkansas 1912

Oct 05, 2018 03:05 am

At midnight on March 23, 1912, a mob hanged Sanford Lewis from a trolley pole in Forth Smith, Arkansas. Lewis was suspected of shooting Deputy Constable Andy Carr in the head. According to reports, on the night of March 23, 1912, several black men and women had been arrested for disturbing the peace at the […]

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Benjamin Arthur Quarles: Prominent Historian, Educator and Writer

Oct 05, 2018 03:05 am

Benjamin Arthur Quarles was a prominent historian, administrator, scholar, educator, and writer. Quarles is the author of The Negro in the Civil War, The Negro in the American Revolution, Lincoln and the Negro, and Black Abolitionists. Quarles was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His father Arthur Benedict Quarles was a subway porter and his mother was […]

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Christia V. Daniels Adair: Suffragist and Civil Rights Activist

Oct 05, 2018 03:05 am

Christia V. Daniels Adair is best known as a suffragist and civil rights work based out of Texas. Daniels was born in 1893 in Victoria, Texas and grew up in Edna, Texas, the daughter of Hardy Daniels and Ada Crosby Daniels. She attended Samuel Huston College and trained to teach at the Prairie View State […]

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Flash Black Photo: Women’s League

Oct 05, 2018 03:05 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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Flash Black Photo: African American Couple

Oct 05, 2018 03:05 am

Portrait of #a couple seated on rocks in an outdoor setting; woman holding a straw hat. [ca. 1910-1920] Vintage #African American photography courtesy of #Black History Album, The Way We Were.  

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