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Alberta Henry: Dedicated Her Life to Helping African American Children Access Education

Sep 11, 2020 01:58 pm

Alberta Henry worked her whole life to help Black children and other minorities access education. She was president of the NAACP in Utah from 1980 to 1992 and served on the state school board and aimed to speak for Utah children of color. Henry was born to a family of Louisiana sharecroppers on October 14, […]

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Dr. Theodore H. Johnson: Opened a Maternity Clinic for Black Mothers in Annapolis, MD

Sep 11, 2020 01:58 pm

Theodore Herman Johnson, Jr., opened a maternity clinic for African American mothers whom the Annapolis hospital turned away between 1944 and 1946. Johnson was born to Theodore Johnson, Sr., and his wife, Edith Price Carl, on July 15, 1913. He was educated at Lincoln and Howard, completing his advance study at New York, Buffalo, and […]

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Juanita W. Goggins: Trailblazer Civil Rights Activist Who Died a Lonely Death

Sep 11, 2020 01:58 pm

Juanita W. Goggins was the first African-American woman elected to the South Carolina legislature; in 1974 she gained a seat in the state House of Representatives. She was re-elected and served a total of three terms before resigning for unspecified health reasons in 1980. Goggins was born in rural Anderson County, South Carolina in 1934. […]

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September 10: Late Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones Was Born Today in 1949

Sep 11, 2020 01:58 pm

Photo credits: Snowbound Stock Images/Vector Photos Stephanie Tubbs Jones (pictured) was the first African American woman from Ohio elected to the United States House of Representatives. She served the state’s eleventh congressional district for nearly ten years. Prior to her election to Congress, Tubbs Jones was Chief Prosecutor of Cuyahoga County. Tubbs Jones was born […]

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Ozzie Simmons: One of the First All-American Football Players Known as “The Ebony Eel”

Sep 11, 2020 01:58 pm

Oze E. “Ozzie” Simmons was a college football player for the University of Iowa. Simmons was nicknamed the “Ebony Eel” and was one of the first black All-American football players in the 1930s. Simmons was born in Gainesville, Texas, where he grew up and went on to play high school football in Forth Worth, Texas. He […]

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Greenwich Entertainment Releases Film Trailer for Billie Holiday Documentary

Sep 11, 2020 01:58 pm

Photo credits: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images More than 60 years after her tragic death, Billie Holiday is still regarded as an unmatched blues and jazz icon. Now a new documentary about her life is on the way, which will feature new interviews with people speaking about Lady Day. Greenwich Entertainment released the official trailer for the film […]

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Robert Johnson: Regarded as the “King of the Delta Blues”

Sep 11, 2020 01:58 pm

Robert Johnson was a master at singing the Delta Blues and playing the guitar, as his landmark recordings displayed a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced generations of musicians. Johnson was born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, around 1911, to Julia Major Dodds and Noah Johnson. Julia was married to Charles Dodds, a prosperous […]

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Black Abolitionists: Rev. Theodrore S. Wright

Sep 11, 2020 01:58 pm

By Lestey Gist, The Gist of Freedom Rev. Theodrore S. Wright (1797- 1847) was the chairman of the New York Vigilance Committee which tried to prevent the kidnapping of free blacks, (Fugitive Slave Law of 1850) who would then be sold into slavery. Wright also assisted fugitive slaves; his New York home was a station on the […]

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Jimmy Rushing: Swing Jazz Singer, “Mister Five by Five”

Sep 11, 2020 01:58 pm

Jimmy Rushing was best-known by his stage name “Mister Five by Five.” He was an American blues shouter, balladeer, and swing jazz singer from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was also the featured vocalist of Count Basie’s Orchestra from 1935 to 1948. Rushing was born into a family with musical talent and various accomplishments. His father […]

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5 Lies That Should Stop Being Told About Black Fatherhood

Sep 11, 2020 01:58 pm

Oftentimes, when we discuss fatherhood we assume that African-American men aren’t part of that conversation, largely because a number of studies and reports have repeatedly told us that black fathers are overwhelmingly absent from their children’s lives. However, while these numbers are nothing to ignore, they contribute to a damaging narrative about black men and […]

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