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Charles L Reason, The First African-American Professor At A Predominantly White College

Apr 24, 2020 09:32 am

Charles L. Reason was born on July 21, 1818 in New York City. His parents emphasized the importance of education, and very early on the young Reason displayed an aptitude for mathematics when he was a student at the New York African Free School.  Reason began his teaching career when he was 14 years old. […]

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Leon H. Sullivan: Famed Civil Rights Leader & First Black Director of General Motors

Apr 24, 2020 09:32 am

Leon H. Sullivan was a famed civil rights leader who also served as the first black board member of General Motors. He encouraged GM and other corporations to use their economic influence to end apartheid. Sullivan was born in Charleston on October 16, 1922. He was raised in a small house in a dirt alley […]

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June 1, 1991: Soul Singer And Musician David Ruffin Died of “An Adverse Reaction to Drugs”

Apr 24, 2020 09:32 am

June 1, 1991: David Ruffin died of “an adverse reaction to drugs” – namely cocaine –  in a hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This was right after a successful month-long tour of England with Kendrick and Edwards. Although the cause of death was ruled an accident, Ruffin’s family and friends suspected foul play, claiming that a […]

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Flash Black Photo: Boys to Men II (Group Photo)

Apr 24, 2020 09:32 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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June 1, 1979: First Black-Led Government of Rhodesia in 90 years Rises To Power

Apr 24, 2020 09:32 am

June 1, 1979: The first black-led government of Rhodesia in 90 years takes power. Abel Muzorewa, a bishop with the United Methodist Church bishop, became the country’s prime minister. The country’s name was changed to Zimbabwe Rhodesia. Finish reading the original post on Daily Black History Facts

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Poet Georgia Douglas Johnson’s, “The Heart of a Woman”

Apr 24, 2020 09:32 am

The Heart of a Woman The heart of a woman goes forth with the dawn, As a lone bird, soft winging, so restlessly on, Afar o’er life’s turrets and vales does it roam In the wake of those echoes the heart calls home. The heart of a woman falls back with the night, And enters […]

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Kenneth Gibson: Newark, New Jersey’s First Black Mayor

Apr 24, 2020 09:32 am

Born May 15, 1932 in Enterprise, Alabama, Kenneth Gibson’s career in engineering would see him settle in New Jersey in 1950. It was here that he took a number of engineering positions. First, he worked with the state’s highway department until 1960 before taking over the position of Chief Engineer for Newark’s housing authority until 1966. […]

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The Imbangala Pt. II: Wild Cards of Angola

Apr 24, 2020 09:32 am

In the first entry, we explored the culture of the Imbangala as well as its origins. Now we look at the history of the tribe within the Angola region.   Imbangala’s Role in Portuguese Angola In the 1620s, part of Angola was under Portuguese rule. Called Portuguese Angola, the colonial government had strained its relationship […]

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Robert S. Abbott – Millionair​e Newspaper Publisher [VIDEO]

Apr 24, 2020 09:32 am

The birth of Robert Sengstacke Abbott in 1870 is celebrated on this date. He was an African American news businessman and lawyer. His parents were former slave captives on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia. Abbott studied at Claflin University, Hampton Institute, and Kent Law School in Chicago. He received his law degree in 1899, and was […]

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Ernest Lawrence Fields: Trombonist, Pianist, Arranger and Bandleader

Apr 24, 2020 09:32 am

Ernest Lawrence “Ernie” Fields was an African-American trombonist, pianist, arranger and bandleader. He first became known for leading the Royal Entertainers, which were based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and toured along a circuit stretching from Kansas City, Kansas, to Dallas, Texas. Fields was born in Nacogdoches, Texas, and was raised in Taft, Oklahoma. He attended Tuskegee […]

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