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Video: Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” (August 28, 1963. Washington, D.C.)

Sep 04, 2020 12:44 pm

In Dr. King’s iconic speech at the Lincoln Memorial for the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, he urged America to “make real the promises of democracy.” Dr. King synthesized portions of his earlier speeches to capture both the necessity for change and the potential for hope in American society. The beginning of […]

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Clarence B. Jones: Personal Counsel, Advisor & Draft Speech Writer for Dr. King

Sep 04, 2020 12:44 pm

Clarence Jones is best known for his close relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He served as Dr. King’s  personal counsel, advisor, and draft speechwriter. Beyond those duties, he is a renowned scholar and author of What Would Martin Say? and “Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation. Clarence […]

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Celebrating the Achievements of Dr. King

Sep 04, 2020 12:44 pm

Three important achievements everyone should know by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: In 1955, Dr. King was recruited to serve as spokesman for the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which was a campaign by the African-American population of Montgomery, Alabama to force integration of the city’s bus lines. After 381 days of nearly universal participation by citizens […]

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Dorinda ‘Dori’ Sanders: Renowned Novelist, Food Writer and Farmer

Sep 04, 2020 12:44 pm

Dorinda ‘Dori’ Sanders is an African-American novelist, food writer and farmer. Her first novel, Clover, was a bestseller, and won a 1990, Lilian Smith Book Award. Sanders was born in Filbert, a community in York County. The eighth of 10 children, she grew up working on her family’s peach farm. The produce was sold at […]

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Sarah Gray: Established the Excelsior School in 1867

Sep 04, 2020 12:44 pm

Sarah Gray established the Excelsior School, where she taught reading, writing, math, and geography, and also trained her female pupils in needlework as a way for them to earn a living. Gray was born in Alexandria, Virginia to parents William and Laura Dundas Gray. As her father was free and her mother was emancipated, she […]

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Birth of the N.A.A.C.P., From “In the Hour of Chaos” (VIDEO)

Sep 04, 2020 12:44 pm

“Birth of the N.A.A.C.P.” is taken from the upcoming Block Starz Music Television feature-length documentary film, “In the Hour of Chaos,” by award-nominated director Bayer Mack and executive producer Frances Presley Rice, makers of the critically-acclaimed 2014 documentary “Oscar Micheaux, The Czar of Black Hollywood.” IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4952372 Chapter 1: http://www.InTheHourofChaos.com via Youtube source

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September 2: Grammy-Winning Musician Billy Preston Was Born Today in 1946

Sep 04, 2020 12:44 pm

Photo credits: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images John, Paul, George and Ringo are the names that come to most people’s minds when they think of Britain’s enormously popular Beatles. But singer, songwriter and performer Billy Preston, was the honorary “Fifth Beatle,” because of his contributions on the keyboard to Let it Be, Abbey Road and The White Album. Born on Sept. 2, 1946, […]

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September 2: Wealthy Black Abolitionist James Forten Was Born Today in 1766

Sep 04, 2020 12:44 pm

Photo credits: YouTube/Robert Douglass The businessman and abolitionist James Forten was born free in Philadelphia in 1766. He attended a Quaker school headed by abolitionist Anthony Benezet. At the age of fourteen he went to sea and became a powder boy on the Royal Louis, a colonial privateer under the command of Captain Stephen Decatur, father of the nineteenth-century naval […]

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Flash Black Photo: African American Dance Troupe II

Sep 04, 2020 12:44 pm

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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Long Before Misty Copeland, There Was Ballerina Raven Wilkinson

Sep 04, 2020 12:44 pm

At the age of 20, Anne Raven Wilkinson became the first African-American woman to receive a contract to dance full time with a major ballet company, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo of New York City. Raven Wilkinson was born in New York City on February 2, 1935, to Anne James Wilkinson and Dr. Frost […]

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