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Inspirational Quotes From Black Visionaries

Sep 14, 2020 08:34 am

By Kelvin Muhia If you need inspiration to make it through hard times and tough conditions, just look at the influential leaders throughout African-American culture. Our history is a real source of inspiration and knowledge. Some of our leaders depicted their historical struggle in words, which allowed the rest of the world to understand what went through. Below, we have […]

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Elizabeth Catlett: Graphic Artist and Sculptor Known for Depictions of the African American Experience

Sep 14, 2020 08:34 am

Elizabeth Catlett was an African-American graphic artist and sculptor best known for her depictions of the African-American experience in the 20th century, which often had the female experience as their focus. Catlett was born and raised in Washington, DC. Her mother and father were the children of freed slaves, and her grandmother told her stories […]

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Tilford Ashford: One of the Most Influential African American Merchants in Wyoming

Sep 14, 2020 08:34 am

Tilford Ashford was a highly-regarded businessman in Wyoming. Ashford was born in Missouri during the Civil War. In 1884, at the age of 22, he moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming and opened a barber shop. By 1894, Ashford had expanded his holdings by purchasing The Ashford Saloon on 17th Street. He was the first African-American to […]

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Sepia Magazine: Created to Celebrate the Successes of Black Americans

Sep 14, 2020 08:34 am

Sepia magazine was one of a cluster of African-American magazines that contained photographs and stories to celebrate the successes of African Americans. The magazine was first published in Forth Worth, Texas. The magazine made its debut under the name Negro Achievements, and often talked about the obstacles facing Black people. Sepia focused on various aspects […]

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Black Abolitionists: The First Legislature After the War Radical Members

Sep 14, 2020 08:34 am

By Lestey Gist, The Gist of Freedom Newly enfranchised African-Americans in South Carolina, who heavily outnumbered whites, were able to elect a black majority to the state house of representatives for every session but one during the Reconstruction era. Although whites who opposed reconstruction policies often pointed to South Carolina as an example of corruption, […]

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Stan Lathan: Renowned Television Producer, Director

Sep 14, 2020 08:34 am

Director and television producer Stan Lathan was born on July 8, 1945, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the youngest of three children and attended public school in Philadelphia. Lathan went on to attend Pennsylvania State University where he earned his B.A. degree in 1967. He began his directing career with the PBS series, Say Brother, […]

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Deal Re-Establishes ESSENCE as a 100% Black-Owned Independent Company

Sep 14, 2020 08:34 am

Essence Ventures LLC, an independent African-American owned company focused on merging content, community and commerce, has announced its acquisition of multi-platform media company Essence Communications Inc. from Time Inc. ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks will continue at the helm of the company and will also join its board of directors. In addition, the all Black female […]

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Black Abolitionists: Herbalist – Dr. James Still Honored at National Medical Association

Sep 14, 2020 08:34 am

By Lestey Gist, The Gist of Freedom Herbalist – Dr. James Still (1812-1882) Honored at NATIONAL MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (excerpt from Still’s Book) “As it has been so frequently said by physicians that I know nothing of fevers, I feel it incumbent upon me to give a brief sketch of my treatment. It has been always […]

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Before There Was “Bloody Sunday, There Was the Camilla Massacre

Sep 14, 2020 08:34 am

Before “Bloody Sunday” occurred in Selma, Alabama, there was a much bloodier civil rights event that not too many people know about: the Camilla Massacre. The massive killing occurred on September 19, 1868, in Camilla, Georgia, at a political rally in Mitchell County which resulted in the deaths of a dozen freedmen. Although Georgia had been […]

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Robert Wood: One of the First African American Mayors in the United States

Sep 14, 2020 08:34 am

Robert Wood is believed to be one of the first African American mayors in the United States.  He served as mayor of Natchez, Mississippi in the early 1870s.  Wood was born in 1844 to Susie Harris, an African American housekeeper, and Dr. Robert Wood, a white doctor from Virginia.  His parents never married, but lived […]

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