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The Dossier: Stacks Edwards Pt. 2

Apr 03, 2020 10:49 am

In part one we went into the early life of mob associate Parnell “Stacks” Edwards, a blues musician who turned to crime to support himself, his eventual habit, and his passion to play music.   The Big Heist in 1978 Moving up to bigger things in the underworld would prove to be fatal for him. […]

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Lt. Col. Lemuel Penn: Proudly Served in World War II, Despised & Killed By Klansmen

Apr 03, 2020 10:49 am

Lemuel Penn joined the Army Reserve from Howard University. He served in World War II in New Guinea and the Philippines, earning a Bronze Star. Penn, father of three, was 48 at the time of his murder by Klansmen. Penn along with two other black Reserve officers was driving home to Washington, D.C., from Fort […]

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Silvia Robinson, The Inspiration Behind Empire’s Cookie Lyons

Apr 03, 2020 10:49 am

Sylvia Robinson was a singer, composer, and record producer who brought rap music out of the New York City clubs and popularized what was a new genre of music by forming the Sugarhill Gang. “Rapper’s Delight” was the group’s first recording, and the record sold more than eight million copies, reached No. 4 on the […]

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The Dossier: Stacks Edwards Pt. I

Apr 03, 2020 10:49 am

Born January 1947 in the South Bronx, Parnell “Stacks” Edwards was a former bodyguard, wheelman, and robber who became involved with organized crime in the early 1970s. Prior to his life of crime, he grew up as a lover a music, enjoying rhythm & blues and jazz musicians of the time. He would learn the guitar […]

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Flash Black Photo: African American Women (Group Portrait)

Apr 03, 2020 10:49 am

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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Ann Maria Weems: Escaped Slavery By Dressing as a Man

Apr 03, 2020 10:49 am

Ann Maria Weems belonged to Charles Price, a slave trader from Montgomery County in Rockville, Maryland. Weems witnessed her brothers being sold down south as well as her mother and one of her sisters. She knew one day she wanted to be free. Numerous of people offered to purchase Weems’ freedom, but Price refused to […]

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Lamar Riot of 1970: One of the Most Violent Acts Against Court-Ordered School Desegregation

Apr 03, 2020 10:49 am

On March 3, 1970 the Lamar Riot in South Carolina took place. It has been described as one of the most violent acts against a court-ordered school desegregation in the state. The violence occured when an angry mob of white parents armed with axe handles, bricks, and chains overturned two school buses that had delivered […]

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The Mission Work of Lott Cary

Apr 03, 2020 10:49 am

Lott Cary was one of the first black American missionaries to Africa, and the first American Baptist missionary. He established the colony’s first church, founded schools for natives, and helped lead the colony. Cary was born enslaved in CharlesCity County around 1780. Early details of his life are unknown. n 1804, his owner hired him […]

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Robert Abbott Became One Of The First Black Millionaires After Founding The Chicago Defender Weekly Newspaper

Apr 03, 2020 10:49 am

Born in 1870 to formerly enslaved parents, Abbott attended Hampton Institute in Virginia and then went on to graduate from Kent Law School (now Chicago-Kent College of Law in Illinois) in 1899. In May 1905 he started publishing the Chicago Defender. In the early years he personally sold subscriptions to the paper and advertising by […]

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Dr. Willa B. Player: First Black Woman President of a Fully-Accredited Liberal Arts College

Apr 03, 2020 10:49 am

The black woman is expected to be superwoman, with acting like one. – Dr. Willa Player Dr. Willa Beatrice Player was an African-American educator, civil rights activist, and higher education administrator. She became the first black woman to become president of a four-year, fully-accredited liberal arts college when she took the position at Bennett College for […]

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