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John Wesley Blassingame: Scholar, Historian, Pioneer in the Study of American Slavery

Mar 27, 2020 09:28 am

John Wesley Blassingame served as the chairman of the African-American studies program at Yale University. He was a scholar, historian, educator, and writer who pioneered in the study of American slavery. Blassingame was born on March 23, 1940, in Covington, Georgia, to Grady and Odessa Blassingame. He received a bachelor’s degree at Fort Valley State […]

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Black To The Future: New York Teen Harold Ekeh Gets Accepted to All Eight Ivy League Schools

Mar 27, 2020 09:28 am

Harold Ekeh of Long Island, New York is an impressive young man. He worked hard through his 4 years of high school and got as much out of his education as he could. He now has a very tough decision to make. On March 31st he and his mother watched as the acceptance letters rolled […]

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Zara Cully: Known For Role as “Mother Jefferson” On The Jeffersons

Mar 27, 2020 09:28 am

Zara Cully was an American actress, known for her role as Olivia “Mother Jefferson” Jefferson on the CBS sitcom The Jeffersons. Zara Frances Cully was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, on January 26, 1892. She was one of ten siblings. Cully graduated from the Worcester School of Speech and Music. After moving to Jacksonville, Florida, she […]

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Charles Kenzie Steele: Respected Minister, Civil Rights Leader

Mar 27, 2020 09:28 am

Charles Kenzie Steele was born in Bluefield, West Virginia, in 1914 to Lyde Bailor and Henry L. Steel, a miner with the United States Steel and Coal Corporation. Steele began preaching at the young age of 15. He was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1935, and three years later, he earned his B.A. degree […]

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Happy Birthday, Malcolm X (May 19, 1925 – Feb. 21, 1965)

Mar 27, 2020 09:28 am

“You don’t have a turn-the-cheek revolution. There’s no such thing as a nonviolent revolution.” Malcolm X, also known as Malcolm Little and El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, was one of the most prominent civil rights leaders in American history. Born on May 19, 1925, in Omaha, Nebraska, Malcolm X was a revolutionary black nationalist leader and spokesman […]

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Was The Banjo Created By Slaves Based On Instruments From Africa?

Mar 27, 2020 09:28 am

Banjos belong to a family of instruments that are very old. Drums with strings stretched over them can be traced throughout the Far East, the Middle East and Africa almost from the beginning. They can be played like the banjo, bowed or plucked like a harp depending on their development. These instruments were spread, in […]

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Tammi Terrell: Talented Rhythm and Blues Singer Who Recorded with Marvin Gaye

Mar 27, 2020 09:28 am

Tammi Terrell was an African-American Rhythm and Blues singer. She made her debut at the age of 15 with the song “If You See Bill.” Terrell was born as Thomasina Winifred Montgomery on April 29, 1945, to Jennie Graham and Thomas Montgomery in Philadelphia. After winning a number of local talent contest by the age of […]

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Edmond Dédé: Renowned Free-Born Creole Musician and Composer

Mar 27, 2020 09:28 am

3 Highlights About Edmond Dédé Free-born Creole musician and composer Child prodigy on the violin Dédé’s melody Mon Pauvre Coeur is the oldest surviving piece of sheet music by a New Orleans Creole of color Edmond Dédé was a free-born Creole musician and composer. He moved to Europe to study in Paris in 1855 and […]

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Slave Pens of Corling’s Corner in Petersburg, Virginia

Mar 27, 2020 09:28 am

Corling’s Corner in Petersburg, Virginia, was a site where enslaved blacks were taken and held in slave pens. The slaves would be held until they were sold or hired out. During the antebellum period, it was quite common for slaves to be hired out to work as domestics and laborers. Most of the slaves worked […]

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The Men From Mars: The Two Brothers Who Were Kidnapped And Made Into A Sideshow Freaks

Mar 27, 2020 09:28 am

The Muse brothers had an incredible career. The story of the two black albino brothers from Roanoke, Virginia is unique even in the bizarre world of freaks and sideshow. They were initially exploited and then later hailed for their unintentional role in civil rights. Born in the 1890’s the pair were scouted by sideshow agents […]

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