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Alabama Historical Group Elects First Black President

Jun 27, 2019 10:43 am

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A group for Alabama historians has elected its first African-American president after more than 70 years in existence. The Alabama Historical Association has elected Wetumpka native Franzine Taylor as president for the upcoming year. Taylor works in the archives department at Alabama State University in Montgomery. An announcement from the school […]

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Phyllis Wheatley Women’s Club & Homes: Established to Empower Black Women

Jun 27, 2019 10:43 am

Named after the inspirational slave poet Phyllis Wheatley, The Phyllis Wheatley Women’s Clubs and Homes engaged in a wide range of charitable, political, and social activities. The club provided lodging for women, homes for the elderly, job referral services, settlement housing, and recreation for young children. During this time, Black women struggled to find decent […]

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Andrew Young on “The Stone of Hope” Within President Trump’s Administration

Jun 27, 2019 10:43 am

BY WALTER OPINDE  In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s victory in November, the only partially retired Andrew Young, former mayor of Atlanta and ambassador to the United Nations, posted a consoling video message, which aimed at those like himself, who were supporters of Democrat Hillary Clinton. Consequently, Mr. Andrew Young reached out to the people with this […]

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Fred Hampton: Social Justice Advocate Assassinated By The FBI

Jun 27, 2019 10:43 am

“I am…a revolutionary.” Fred Hampton was born on August 30, 1948 in Summit, Illinois, and grew up in the Chicago suburb of Maywood. Early on, his leadership capabilities were apparent. After graduating high school in 1966 with honors, he enrolled at Triton Junior College, majoring in pre-law. Through an academic grounding in law, he hoped […]

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Things You Did and Didn’t Know About Actress Taraji P. Henson

Jun 27, 2019 10:43 am

BY WALTER OPINDE  Taraji Penda Henson is an African-American actress and author. She studied acting at the Howard University and began her Hollywood career in guest roles on several television shows before making her breakthrough in Baby Boy of 2001. Penda received praises for playing a prostitute in Hustle & Flow (2005) and a single mother in David Fincher’s The Curious Case of […]

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Black History Month: Simone Biles, Gymnast

Jun 27, 2019 10:43 am

At a mere 18 years old, gymnast Simone Biles is a history maker as the first African American world all-around champion and the first woman to win three consecu­tive world all-around titles. Biles currently stands as the most decorated female gym­nast and holds the record for the most gold medals won by a female gymnast […]

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Dr. Patrick Francis Healy: An Early American Trickster

Jun 27, 2019 10:43 am

By C. T. Smith Patrick Francis Healy is the first African-American to earn a PhD. Healy earned his doctorate degree from Louvain University in Belgium in 1865. One of nine children of his enslaved father and mother, he was reared in Jones and Macon, Georgia. Upon the death of the family patriarch, he bequeathed his […]

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Edna M. Colson: Dedicated Career to Improving Education Opportunities for African Americans

Jun 27, 2019 10:43 am

Educator Edna Meade Colson dedicated her professional career toward making it easier for African Americans to receive a high quality education throughout Virginia. Colson was born and educated in Petersburg and attended Fisk University’s normal school in Nashville, Tennessee. She taught for one year in North Carolina and then returned to Virginia as an instructor […]

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All My Babies: Black Midwife, “Miss Mary” Cooley, Birthed Over 1400 Babies

Jun 27, 2019 10:43 am

Mary Francis Hill was born August 15, 1900 in Baker County, Georgia. She was the youngest child and the surviving twin of Martha, who died at childbirth. Mary was raised by her aunts and uncles after losing her parents at a young age, and her value of willingness to help others was shaped by this […]

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‘Disappearing Blackness’: The Campaign to Show How African American History in Philly Is Being Erased

Jun 27, 2019 10:43 am

The essence of her “Disappearing Blackness” campaign can be summed up in a photo that activist Faye Anderson saw online: There was Kenny Gamble outside Hitsville U.S.A., the Motown studio Berry Gordy founded in Detroit. But to do that here, on Broad Street, outside the very studio Gamble founded — Philadelphia International Records — would […]

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