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Georgette Harvey: Created the Role of Maria in the Original Broadway Production of Porgy & Bess

Feb 28, 2020 02:56 pm

Georgette Harvey was born to sing. As a little girl, she found singing in the church choir and continued to do it to please the elders and sisters of the church. However, there was a desire burning deeper within Harvey. She wanted to explore the world and find out just how far her singing could […]

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Decades Before Misty Copeland There Was A Prima Ballerina Named Janet Faye Collins

Feb 28, 2020 02:56 pm

Janet Faye Collins, was one of the first African American dancers who paved the way for modern day classical dancers such as the ballerina Misty Copeland. She was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 2nd 1917. She was one of six children. Her mother was a seamstress, and her father was a tailor. At […]

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John Carter: Lynching that Rocked the Heart of Little Rock, Arkansas

Feb 28, 2020 02:56 pm

The lynching of John Carter in 1927 rocked Little Rock, Arkansas, and negatively affected the state’s national image for decades. The lynching was one of the most notorious incidents of racial violence in the state’s history. On April 30, 1927, the body of a 12-year-old white girl named Floella McDonald was discovered by a janitor […]

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Dorothy West: Renowned Novelist and Short Story Writer During the Harlem Renaissance

Feb 28, 2020 02:56 pm

Dorothy West was a renowned novelist and short story writer during the period of the Harlem Renaissance. She is best known for having a candied eye when it came to the economic, social, racial, and gender issues of the black community. She was also known for her novel “The Living is Easy.” She also wrote […]

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John R. Clifford: Attorney Known for Victory Win in Williams vs Board of Education

Feb 28, 2020 02:56 pm

John Robert Clifford was a well-known attorney throughout the state of West Virginia. He won a trailblazing victory in Williams vs Board of Education that found discriminatory practices in public education illegal. Clifford was born in 1848 in Williamsport, Virginia. His parents and grandparents were free blacks who had lived in Virginia for several generations. […]

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Joseph “Kid Twat” Butler: Renowned Double Bass Traditional Jazz Player

Feb 28, 2020 02:56 pm

Joseph “Kid Twat” Butler was a double bass traditional jazz player from New Orleans. More widely known by his rather distinctive nickname, “Kid Twat” or just “Twat,” Butler was a regular player at Preservation Hall throughout the height of the New Orleans jazz revival. Butler was born on December 26, 1905, in New Orleans’s Algiers […]

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Walnut Ridge Race War of 1912: Violent White Vigilante Night Riders

Feb 28, 2020 02:56 pm

The Walnut Ridge Race War of 1912 occurred when a violent night riding group of white vigilantes decided to run all the black residents away from the city of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. The group managed to drive black laborers from certain local jobs because the vigiliantes wanted them for themselves. In early April 1912, notices […]

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Boxing Legends: Denver Ed Martin

Feb 28, 2020 02:56 pm

Known as the “Colorado Giant,” Denver Ed Martin was born September 10, 1881, in Denver, Colorado. For almost 22 years, Martin would become known for his incredible boxing power and ring awareness. Like many other Black boxers pre-Joe Louis’s World title win, he would face the same competition several times over. A number of his […]

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Rubin Stacy: Fort Lauderdale, Florida Lynching that Changed the Political Climate in Washington D.C

Feb 28, 2020 02:56 pm

Rubin Stacy was a homeless tenant farmer living in Florida. He was down on his luck and hungry when he approached the home of Marion Jones to ask for some food. But he was met with the screams and shrieks when Mrs. Jones answered the door. Jones’ family rushed to the sound of hearing the […]

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Joseph Jenkins Roberts: Businessman & First President of the New Republic of Liberia

Feb 28, 2020 02:56 pm

Joseph Jenkins Roberts served as the first black governor of the colony of Liberia from 1840 until 1847 and in 1848 he was elected the first president of the new Republic of Liberia. Roberts served as president twice, from 1848 to 1856 and again from 1872 to 1876. He also helped to found Liberia College […]

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