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Walter L. Gordon: Accomplished Civil Rights Lawyer, Once Defended Singer Billie Holiday

Aug 03, 2020 12:58 pm

Walter L. Gordon was a L.A. civil rights lawyer with a long list of clients from all walks of life. One of his most noted case was for singer Billie Holiday, as he defended her when she was accused of assaulting a white customer at a local nightclub. The customer disturbed the singer while she […]

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Schooled By YouTube: Tribute to Dr. Frances Cress Welsing

Aug 03, 2020 12:58 pm

Originally found at The Great Griot Dr. Frances Cress Welsing was a psychiatrist, activist, and author who dedicated her life to helping black people understand the way in which racism and white supremacy and how it affects the black community. Source: The Great Griot

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Hayti: The Heart of Durham’s Black Wall Street

Aug 03, 2020 12:58 pm

Located in the southern part of Durham, North Carolina, the Hayti District was once a Black community established by freedmen. These founders traveled some distance to work in North Carolina’s powerful tobacco industry. To make access to their jobs easier, the freedmen established an initially small community within the city.   The Development of Hayti In the late 1800s, […]

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August 2: The Great James Baldwin Was Born Today in 1924

Aug 03, 2020 12:58 pm

By Victor Trammell Photo credits: The Associated Press Harlem, New York is a U.S. municipality, which is and has been the hometown of some of Black America’s greatest cultural figures of all time. When discussing greatness in the political realm, the arts, literature, sports, and even the controversial triumphs of the underworld, Harlem is identified […]

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Before There Was Gabby Douglas, Dominique Dawes Wowed the Crowds in Gymnastics (Video)

Aug 03, 2020 12:58 pm

Dominique Margaux Dawes is noted as being the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic medal in artistic gymnastics. She is also the first black person of any nationality or gender to win an Olympic gold medal in gymnastics. Dawes was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, on November 20, 1976, to Don and Loretta […]

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Amanda Smith: The First African American Woman to Establish an Orphanage

Aug 03, 2020 12:58 pm

By Lestey Gist at The Gist of Freedom At the end of the nineteenth century, Amanda Smith, established the first orphanage in Chicago Illinois for African American children. At the time of her death in 1915, the Chicago Defender called the well-traveled Amanda Berry Smith, “The greatest woman that this race has ever given to […]

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Jimmy Scott: Renowned International Jazz Star

Aug 03, 2020 12:58 pm

Jimmy Scott was an international jazz star who got his start singing in local clubs as a teen. It led to gigs around the Midwest and the South – and helped land him in Lionel Hampton’s orchestra from 1949-51, when he scored his first hit with “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool.” “Little Jimmy Scott,” as he was […]

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Alice Carlotta Jackson Stuart: First African American to Apply to U.Va. (1935)

Aug 03, 2020 12:58 pm

In 1934, Alice Carlotta Jackson Stuart received a bachelor’s degree in English from Virginia Union University, where she was a charter member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. She then attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. In August 1935, Stuart became the first African American on record to apply to a Virginia graduate or professional school […]

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Schooled By YouTube: Sundown Towns

Aug 03, 2020 12:58 pm

Originally found on The Great Griot What you didn’t know about Sundown Towns……and how they affect us still today. Source: The Great Griot

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Wildlife Conservation Society Issues Apology for Ancient Incident of Racial Dehumanization

Aug 03, 2020 12:58 pm

By Victor Trammell Photo credits: Library of Congress One of America’s oldest institutions of animal conservancy finally issued an apology for racial dehumanization in a public relations gesture, which meant far too little and came far too late. This past Wednesday (July 29), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) released an official statement of apology via […]

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