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Josephine Baker: Renowned Entertainer in France, Civil Rights Activist in America

Mar 06, 2020 10:45 am

Josephine Baker was born on June 3, 1906 in Saint Louis, Missouri. Her parents, Eddie Carson and Carrie McDonald, had a vaudeville act. The family was impoverished, and Baker never had enough to eat or clothes to wear. Her family’s poor material condition drove her to seek work as a domestic for wealthy white families […]

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Colored Orphan Asylum: Founded Out of Compassion, Destroyed by Hatred

Mar 06, 2020 10:45 am

Escaping up North to freedom often came with challenges of its own. There were numerous children who found themselves on the cold, cruel streets of the city. Orphaned for just about any reason, black children living on the streets were hungry, dressed poorly, and had no real place to call home. In 1836, three Quakers, […]

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Robert O. Lowery: First African American to Serve as a Fire Commissioner of a Major U.S. City

Mar 06, 2020 10:45 am

Robert Oliver Lowery was the 21st New York City Fire Commissioner. He was the first African American fire commissioner to serve for a major U.S. city. Lowery was sworn in by Mayor John V. Lindsay on January 1, 1966, and served in that position until his resignation on September 29, 1973. Lowery was born on […]

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American Beach: Only Beach in Florida to Welcome Blacks During Jim Crow

Mar 06, 2020 10:45 am

American Beach in Jacksonville, Florida, was the only beach in Florida that welcomed Blacks and offered a safe and offered secure overnight accommodations during the Jim Crow segregation era. The beach was founded in 1935 by the Afro-American Life Insurance company, which was established in 1901 to provide Jacksonville’s black community with life insurance. The […]

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Samuel Jackson’s Rise to Being the Highest Grossing Actor in the History of Hollywood

Mar 06, 2020 10:45 am

By Ishan Sen Samuel L. Jackson, one of the most prolific American actors and one of the finest Black actors of all time, was born on December 21, 1948 to Elizabeth Jackson in Washington, D.C. He and his mother moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, after his father had abandoned the family only to die later of […]

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Boxing Legends: “King of the Battle Royal” Bob Armstrong

Mar 06, 2020 10:45 am

“King of the Battle Royal” Bob Armstrong was a giant of a pugilist out of Rogersville, Tennessee. Moving with his family to Ohio in 1876, we would make his debut in September 1894 based out of Chicago. The fights following his debut would take him to the east coast, the hotbed for the sweet science. […]

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[Video] Joanne Bland: One of the Youngest Protestors Jailed During the 1960s Civil Rights Movement

Mar 06, 2020 10:45 am

“It’s the screams I remember the most – people just screaming and screaming and screaming.” “The last thing I remember seeing on the bridge that day is this lady and this horse. I don’t know if the horse ran over her, or if the officer on the horse hit her with the billy club, but […]

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Slave Murderers Lynched in Ashley County, Arkansas in 1857

Mar 06, 2020 10:45 am

The murder of a slave was always a property loss to the owner; it was rare for someone other than the slave’s owner to kill him or her. However, there were times when a white community banned together and insisted on the execution of a slave rather than preserving the owner’s property. During 1857, in […]

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Was California Named After A Black Queen?

Mar 06, 2020 10:45 am

Was California was named after, Queen Califia, a Black Amazon warrior Queen?   Spanish writer, Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo, wrote about Queen Califia in 1500 in his novel,Las sergas de Esplandián (The Adventures of Esplandián). Califia was said to rule an “island nation” where gold was the only metal. Whoopi Goldberg even depicted Queen Califia […]

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Jackie Ormes: First African-American Woman Syndicated Cartoonist

Mar 06, 2020 10:45 am

Jackie Ormes was born Zelda Mavin Jackson in Monongahela, Pennsylvania, on August 1, 1911 to William Winfield Jackson and Mary Brown Jackson. Her family owned and operated a printing business and a movie theater that served the Pittsburgh community up until 1917, when her father died in a motor vehicle accident. Ormes was certainly influenced […]

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