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June 3, 1949: Wesley Anthony Brown Became First African American Graduate of U.S. Navy Academy

May 04, 2020 12:12 pm

June 3, 1949: Wesley Anthony Brown (1927 – 2012) became the first African American graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Maryland. He served in the U.S. Navy from May 2, 1944, until June 30, 1969, which included stints during the Korean War and Vietnam War. Brown was born April 3, 1927, in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Dunbar […]

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James Augustine Healy: First African American Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church

May 04, 2020 12:12 pm

James Augustine Healy was the first African American bishop of the Roman Catholic Church and the first black American ordained a priest in that religion. (Augustus Tolton, a former slave who was publicly known to be black when ordained in 1886, is sometimes credited as the first black Catholic priest in the U.S.). Born in […]

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Ethel Ray Nance: Broke Racial and Gender Barriers in Minnesota

May 04, 2020 12:12 pm

Ethel Ray Nance was an African American activist and writer. During the 1920s, she broke various racial and gender barriers in Minnesota. Nance was also a prominent figure during the Harlem Renaissance movement. Nance was born on April 13, 1899, in Duluth. She was the youngest of four children born to William H. Ray, an […]

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Dr. Charles Watts: North Carolina’s First African-American Surgeon

May 04, 2020 12:12 pm

Dr. Charles Watts was a physician, surgeon, and activist for poor people. Watts received a degree in mathematics from Morehouse College in 1939 and later received his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in 1943. His surgical residency  was completed in 1949 at former Freedman’s Hospital. In 1950, Dr. Watts and his wife relocated […]

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Gertrude Pocte Geddes-Willis: One of the First Black Female Funeral Directors in New Orleans

May 04, 2020 12:12 pm

Gertrude Pocte Geddes-Willis was one of the first black female funeral directors in New Orleans. In 1940, Willis was the founder and president of two corporations, Gertrude Geddes Willis Life Insurance Company and Gertrude Geddes Willis Funeral Home. Her family moved to New Orleans during her early childhood. Her first marriage was to Clem Geddes […]

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The “Kissing Case”: A Simple Kiss On The Cheek That Made Civil Rights History And Shattered The Lives of Two Innocent 9 Year Old Boys

May 04, 2020 12:12 pm

In 1958, James Hanover Thompson and his friend David Simpson — both African-American, both children — were accused of kissing a girl who was white. They were arrested, and taken to jail. Prosecutors sought a stiff penalty — living in reform school until they were 21. “The Kissing Case,” as it came to be known, […]

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Author & Poet Gwendolyn Brooks’, “a song in the front yard” Poem

May 04, 2020 12:12 pm

“a song in the front yard” I’ve stayed in the front yard all my life. I want a peek at the back Where it’s rough and untended and hungry weed grows. A girl gets sick of a rose. I want to go in the back yard now And maybe down the alley, To where the […]

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June 3, 1984: 21 Assists by Magic Johnson, an NBA Finals Record

May 04, 2020 12:12 pm

June 3, 1984: Magic Johnson handed out an NBA Finals’ record 21 assists as the Los Angeles Lakers beat Boston 137-104 in Game 3 of a championship series. The Boston Celtics eventually won the championship in seven games. Finish reading the original post on Daily Black History Facts

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Naomi Long Madgett: Renowned Poet & Author

May 04, 2020 12:12 pm

Naomi Long Madgett is an African-American poet, born Naomi Cornelia Long in Norfolk, Virginia. A former teacher and an award-winning poet, she is also the senior editor of Lotus Press, a publisher of poetry books by black poets. Madgett was born on July 5, 1923, to a Baptist minister, and spent her childhood in East […]

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The Story Behind The Massacre At Fort Pillow

May 04, 2020 12:12 pm

On April 12, 1864, some 3,000 rebels under the command of Nathan Bedford Forrest overran Fort Pillow, a former Confederate stronghold situated on a bluff on the Tennessee bank of the Mississippi, some 40 miles north of Memphis. The garrison consisted of about 600 Union soldiers, roughly evenly divided between runaway slaves-turned-artillerists from nearby Tennessee […]

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