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Dorothy Mae DeLavallade Taylor: First Black Woman to Serve in the Louisiana House of Representatives

May 22, 2020 10:33 am

Dorothy Mae DeLavallade Taylor was the first African-American woman to serve in the Louisiana House of Representatives. From 1971 to 1980, she represented District 20, since renumbered, in her native New Orleans, Louisiana. Taylor was the youngest of thirteen children born to Charles Henry and Mary Delavallade on August 10, 1928. She was educated in […]

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Happy Birthday, Hazel Scott!

May 22, 2020 10:33 am

Hazel Dorothy Scott was an internationally-known jazz and classical pianist and singer. She was prominent as a jazz singer throughout the 1930s and 1940s, and also performed as herself in several films. In 1950, she became the first woman of color to have her own TV show, The Hazel Scott Show, which featured a variety […]

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The “Back Punch”: Dangerous Medical Procedure Required Of Black Workers To Receive Their Pensions

May 22, 2020 10:33 am

by Lydia M. Reid Of the many practices carried out by the Panama Canal Zone administration in regards to the men of the Silver Roll probably one of the most questionable and the least investigated is the notorious “Back Punch.”  It consisted of requiring the black Westindian men approaching retirement age- or 25 year service- […]

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David Walker: Abolitionist Smuggled “Appeal for a Slave Revolt” to the South in Used Clothing

May 22, 2020 10:33 am

David Walker was a black abolitionist and publisher born in Wilmington, North Carolina, in 1785. He was the son of a slave father and free mother. Since Walker’s mother was a free woman of color, he grew up free as well. Walker obtained an education and later traveled throughout the country. He settled in Boston, […]

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Heating and Air Conditioning Pioneer: David Crosthwait Jr.

May 22, 2020 10:33 am

Tennessee is the home to a number of inventors, one of them–David Crosthwait–was responsible for a number of advances in air conditioning and heating.   Career and Education Crosthwait was born May 27, 1898 in Nashville. At an early age, he focused heavily on his studies. He would go on to Indiana to study mechanical […]

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Impact The Federal Government Had on The Civil Rights Movement

May 22, 2020 10:33 am

In 1957 A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin initiated a campaign to pressure the U.S. government to intervene for the civil rights of African Americans. Randolph, who was 68, at the time, was the acknowledged “elder” among civil rights leaders, with a base in the labor movement. Rustin, 57, was a veteran civil rights and […]

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Scars of Slavery: 13 Year Old’s Horrifying Consequences For Upsetting Her Mistress

May 22, 2020 10:33 am

Source: Harper’s Weekly (July 28, 1866), p.477. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library) Comments Caption, “Marks of punishment inflicted upon a colored servant in Richmond, VA”; shows the back of woman with burn marks. The victim was thirteen years old when, for reasons unexplained in the article, she annoyed or upset her […]

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Isaac Burrell: One of Roanoke, Virginia’s First Black Doctors

May 22, 2020 10:33 am

Isaac Burrell arrived in Roanoke, Virginia in 1893 as one of its first black doctors. He started a pharmacy on Gainsborough Road between Patton and Harrison Avenues that eventually became the largest black owned pharmacy in southwest Virginia. Burell was born on March 10, 1865 at his father’s farm in Chula, Virginia, in Amelia County, […]

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Morris F. X. Jeff, Sr: Pioneer in Establishing Recreational & Educational Programs for Black Children

May 22, 2020 10:33 am

Morris F. X. Jeff, Sr., was a pioneer in establishing recreational and educational programs for African American children when New Orleans was segregated, was born in Morgan City, Louisiana. Jeff was a social worker, therapist, advocate, trainer, and activist. After moving to New Orleans with his family at an early age, Jeff graduated from McDonogh […]

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Frank Petersen, First African American To Become A Marine Aviator

May 22, 2020 10:33 am

Frank E. Petersen, Jr. was born on this date in 1932. He is an African American Marine Corps pilot and officer (retired) and is a lecturer and administrator. He was born in Topeka, Kansas, the son of Edythe Southard and Frank Petersen, Sr., and was the second of four children. He was an active, intelligent […]

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