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Johnson Chesnut Whittaker: One of the First Black Men Appointed to Westpoint

Mar 30, 2020 10:06 am

Johnson Chesnut Whittaker was one of the first black men to win an appointment to the United States Military Academy at Westpoint. While attending the academy, he was brutally assaulted and then expelled after being falsely accused and convicted of faking the incident. Over sixty years after his death, his name was formally cleared when […]

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Undine Eliza Anna Smith Moore: Known as the “Dean of Black Women Composers”

Mar 30, 2020 10:06 am

Undine Eliza Anna Smith Moore was a notable and prolific African-American composer of the 20th century. She was also a professor emeritus at Virginia State University. Moore wrote more than 100 compositions, of which only about 26 were published in her lifetime. Moore was born on August 25, 1904, in Jarratt, Virginia. She was the […]

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The Phoenix Riot: Reflected Ongoing Tension Between Democrats & Republicans

Mar 30, 2020 10:06 am

The Phoenix Riot occurred on November 8, 1898, in the small town of Phoenix in Greenwood County when a group of local Democrats attempted to stop a Republican election official from taking the affidavits of African Americans who had been denied the right to vote. The riot reflected the ongoing tension not only between Democrats […]

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The First Interracial Kiss In Television History Was Between Star Trek’s Uhura And Captain Kirk

Mar 30, 2020 10:06 am

The story of TV’s first-ever interracial kiss is actually one of the medium’s biggest urban legends. Most believe it occurred on Star Trekin 1968. The common belief is that the first kiss between an African-American and a Caucasian happened in a third season Star Trek episode called “Plato’s Stepchildren.” The “Plato’s Stepchildren” episode involved the […]

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Sonny Terry: Renowned Harmonica Player and Singer

Mar 30, 2020 10:06 am

Sonny Terry was a renowned harmonica player of his time. He developed a unique sound by blending folk and blues together. Terry was born Saunders Terrell in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1911. His parents were farmers, and his father had a love for playing the harmonica and often played gigs at local parties. Terry began […]

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Mary Honor Farrow Wright: Renowned South Carolina Educator

Mar 30, 2020 10:06 am

Mary H. Wright was a renowned educator in South Carolina. She accepted her first teaching position in Inman, where she held classes in a brush arbor. She later organized schools and taught in mill villages and churches in Spartanburg and Saxon. Wright was born into slavery on August 11, 1862, in Spartanburg, SC. She was […]

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Charles A. Anderson: Father of Black Aviation/Pilot

Mar 30, 2020 10:06 am

Charles Alfred Anderson, Sr., served as the chief civilian flight instructor for the Tuskegee Institute’s groundbreaking program to train black pilots. Anderson was tasked with training the famous World War II Tuskegee Airmen. Between 1940 and 1946, he was responsible for supervising the primary flight instruction of approximately 1,000 African American pilots and flight personnel. […]

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Michael, Whitney, And Quincy And 27 Other Interesting Facts About African Americans In Entertainment

Mar 30, 2020 10:06 am

Check out this list of quick facts that consists of record-breaking moments, first accomplishments, and obscure facts about notable African Americans in Entertainment. The quick facts were taken from the 366 Fast Facts list that was created by Biography.com. Fact #1 Comedian Bill Cosby’s 1984 sitcom, The Cosby Show, became the highest ranking sitcom for 5 years […]

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Rebecca A.G. Stiles Taylor: Renowned Educator and Activist

Mar 30, 2020 10:06 am

Rebecca A. G. Stiles Taylor was an educator and activist. Stiles was born in August 1879 in Savannah, Georgia, one of 11 children born to parents Henry and Annie Maria Hoag Stiles. She attended segregated schools in Savannah and later attended the city’s segregated Beach Institute, from which she graduated in 1896. Stiles dedicated her […]

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A Kick-Ass Afro-Boricua Superhero Comic Will Debut This Fall

Mar 30, 2020 10:06 am

“The very DNA of my existence comes from my Puerto Rican identity,” Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez told The Washington Post when discussing his new superhero character, La Borinqueña. And seeing the art director’s body of work, it’s obvious that he takes any chance he can to rep his PR roots. Go on his website, and you’ll be greeted with Puerto Rican flags. Check […]

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