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Andrew Watson: The First Black Footballer to Play Internationally

Mar 26, 2021 01:38 pm

Andrew Watson was a pioneer in association football being best known as the first Black player to compete internationally.   Early Years Born May 24, 1856, he was the son of Peter Miller Watson, a Scottish sugar planter of means and Hannah Rose, a woman from what is now Guyana. He and his sister Annetta arrived in […]

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Ephraim Slaughter: Escaped Slavery and Enlisted in the Union Army

Mar 26, 2021 01:38 pm

Ephraim Slaughter escaped to freedom in 1863. He later enlisted in the Union army where he served for three years under the name Ephraim Newsome. Slaughter was assigned to Company B of the 3rd North Carolina Colored Infantry, which became the 37th USCT (United States Colored Troops), where he finished his service. Slaughter was born […]

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Poem: “The Ebon Venus” by Lewis Howard Latimer Published in the New York Age Newspaper (1890)

Mar 26, 2021 01:38 pm

The New York Age was a black newspaper produced from 1887 to 1960, and was one of the most influential black newspapers of its time. The paper had its origins as the weekly New York Globe (not to be confused with the daily The New York Globe founded in 1904), an African-American newspaper that was […]

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This Man’s Memoir Became The Most Important Documentary Resource On The Underground Railroad

Mar 26, 2021 01:38 pm

William Still (1821-1902) was a free black who went on to become the chairman of the Pennsylvania Vigilance Committee. Still was arguably the most important figure in the nation’s Underground Railroad coalition — with a far-flung network of correspondents and participants. He began as a clerk in the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Office before taking over the […]

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ASK A SLAVE: Christmas Special [VIDEO]

Mar 26, 2021 01:38 pm

Ask A Slave is a satirical web series based on the actress’ time working as a living history character at the popular historic site, George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Starring Azie Dungey as Lizzie Mae and directed by Jordan Black. All questions and interactions are based on true events. Real Questions. Real Comedy. Learn more @ […]

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John Paul Scott: First Black School District Administrator in Harrisburg, PA

Mar 26, 2021 01:38 pm

John P. Scott was an educator and administrator who became the first black school district administrator in Harrisburg, PA. Scott was born December 25, 1859, in Chambersburg, PA. He was a leading student at Old Harrisburg High School, located at the current site of the Greater Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce. There he was a scholar […]

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Poem: “Don’t Ask/1980” by Jayne Cortez

Mar 26, 2021 01:38 pm

Jayne Cortez was an African-American poet, activist, small press publisher and spoken-word performance artist whose voice is celebrated for its political, surrealistic and dynamic innovations in lyricism and visceral sound. Cortez was born Sallie Jayne Richardson on the Army base at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, on May 10, 1934. Her father was a career soldier who […]

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Bettie Mae Fikes’ Voice Inspired African-Americans in Selma to Fight for Freedom

Mar 26, 2021 01:38 pm

Bettie Fikes’s powerful singing voice inspired Blacks in Selma to fight for equality. Fikes has been dubbed as “the voice of Selma”, and is a celebrated icon of the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement. Bettie Mae Fikes was born in Selma, Alabama, and began singing gospel alongside her mother at age 4. At the age of […]

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Happy Birthday to Maynard Jackson, Atlanta’s First-Ever Black Mayor

Mar 26, 2021 01:38 pm

Photo credits: Auburn Avenue Films Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr. (picture) was a U.S.-born lawyer and politician that became the first-ever African American mayor of Atlanta, Georgia. Jackson served three terms as the major Southern city’s (1974–82 and 1990–94). He was born on March 23, 1938, in the city of Dallas, Texas. Jackson’s father was a Baptist minister and his mother […]

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Oscar Stanton De Priest: First African American Elected to Congress in the Post-Reconstruction Era

Mar 26, 2021 01:38 pm

Oscar Stanton De Priest was the first African American elected to Congress in the post-Reconstruction era. Priest’s successful election campaign to represent a district in Chicago initiated the trend of black representation in northern cities, where the Great Migration sharply increased African-American populations. De Priest was born on March 9, 1871, in Florence, Ala., to […]

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