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Patricia Bath: Ophthalmologist Whose Invention Helped To Restore Sight To Cataract Patients Blind For Years

Mar 13, 2020 12:18 pm

In 1973, Patricia Bath became the first African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology. She moved to California the following year to work as an assistant professor of surgery at both Charles R. Drew University and the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1975, she became the first female faculty member in the Department […]

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Joseph Bologne, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges: “The Black Mozart”

Mar 13, 2020 12:18 pm

Joseph Bologne, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges was born December 25, 1745, on a plantation near Basse-Terre on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. His mother, Anne Nanon, was a slave-mistress to his father, the nobleman George de Bologne de Saint-Georges. Saint-Georges was educated in France, where his father became Gentleman of the King’s Chamber. At […]

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Selena Butler: Founder of the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers Association (NCCPT)

Mar 13, 2020 12:18 pm

Selena Sloan Butler is the founder and first president of the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers Association. She was appointed by President Herbert Hoover to the White House Conference on Child Health and Protection in 1929. During World War II, she organized the Red Cross’ first black women’s chapter of “Gray Ladies.” When […]

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The Neighborhood Organized Workers (NOW) in Mobile, Alabama

Mar 13, 2020 12:18 pm

The Neighborhood Organized Workers (NOW) was a civil and economic rights organization founded in Mobile during the late 1960s and early 1970s. NOW organized mass marches, boycotts, and large public protests to lobby for its goals of economic improvement in Mobile’s black communities and greater minority representation in local politics. The summer of 1966, civil […]

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Flogging: Holes Dug in Ground to Protect Unborn Children of Pregnant Slaves

Mar 13, 2020 12:18 pm

Most slave women worked in the fields right along with the men, enduring hard labor from sun up to sun down. Some slave women who were chosen to work inside the main house. Early adolescence for female slaves was often difficult because of the threat of exploitation. For some young women, puberty marked the beginning of […]

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Last Man Standing: Cudjo Lewis, The Last Survivor Of Final Slave Ship To Enter United States

Mar 13, 2020 12:18 pm

Cudjo Lewis is considered the last survivor of the last slave ship to enter the United States. Born around 1841 to a Yoruba family in the Banté region of Dahomey (today Benin), he was given the name Oluale Kossola (Kazoola). At age 14, Kossola began his training as a soldier and was inducted into oro, […]

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October 29, 1972: Happy Birthday Tracee Ellis Ross

Mar 13, 2020 12:18 pm

BY WALTER OPINDE  Born on 29th October, 1972, Tracee Ellis Ross (a.k.a Tracee Joy Silberstein) is an Afro-American actress, model, comedian, producer and television host. The daughter of actress and legendary Motown recording artist Diana Ross and her ex-husband Robert Ellis Silberstein, Ross began her career acting in independent films, variety series and hosted the pop-culture magazine The Dish on Lifetime. From 2000 […]

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Lynching of Pregnant 19-Year-Old Mary Turner

Mar 13, 2020 12:18 pm

Mary Turner was a 19-year-old black woman born in 1899 to Perry Graham and Elizabeth Johnson in Brooks County, Georgia. When Turner was eight months pregnant, she was murdered after she publicly denounced the unlawful extrajudicial killing of her husband, Hazel Turner. On the evening of May 16, 1918, a white planter who was known […]

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Zelma Watson George: Opera Singer, Educator, International Civic Leader

Mar 13, 2020 12:18 pm

Zelma Watson George was an opera singer, educator, and international civic leader. George was born in Hearne, Texas, to Samuel and Lena Thomas. Her father was a Baptist minister. Her family lived in various cities throughout Texas, such as Hearne, Palestine, and Dallas; they also lived in Hot Springs, Arkansas, for a brief time during […]

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Flash Black Photo: Dancing with the Stars | 1938

Mar 13, 2020 12:18 pm

Flash Black Photo: Dancing with the Stars | 1938

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