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It’s Time to Return Black Women to the Center of the History of Women’s Suffrage

Jun 29, 2019 10:06 am

One hundred years ago, just as Carrie Chapman Catt was masterminding the final steps in the arduous process of ratifying the 19th Amendment, she bought a farm in Westchester County called Juniper Ledge. There she commissioned a set of 12 metal tree plaques to memorialize the giants of the suffrage movement, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton […]

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Leroy Carr: Legendary Singer Remembered for Hit Song “How Long, How Long Blues”

Jun 29, 2019 10:06 am

Legendary blues singer Leroy Carr was best remembered for his laid-back style and crooning technique. His style influenced artists such as Ray Charles and Nat King Cole. Carr became well-known for his hit release “How Long, How Long Blues,” which was released by Vocalion Records in 1928. Carr was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and raised […]

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Ralph Boston: Retired Track Athlete Who Broke Jesse Owens Long Jump Record

Jun 29, 2019 10:06 am

Ralph Harold Boston is a retired track athlete who is best remembered for the long jump, in which he was the first person to break the 27 feet (8.2 m) barrier set by Jesse Owens. Boston was born in Laurel, Mississippi on May 9, 1939. He attended Tennessee State University, where in 1960 he won […]

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99 Year Old Sprints to 100m ‘World Record’

Jun 29, 2019 10:06 am

Ida Keeling finished last in her 100-meter race at the Gay Games in Akron, Ohio, Tuesday, but she still ran away with the show. That’s because Keeling is 99 years old and really fast for her age. Keeling, a great-great grandmother from New York City, finished the race against competitors of many ages in 59.80 […]

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Toni Morrison: Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author

Jun 29, 2019 10:06 am

BY WALTER OPINDE  Toni Morrison was born “Chloe Anthony Wofford” in Lorain, Ohio after her parents relocated to the North, to escape the problems of the Southern racism. On both sides of her family were migrants and sharecroppers. She spent her childhood in the Midwest and read avidly, from Jane Austen to Tolstoy. Morrison’s father, […]

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Red Ball Express: Operation Created to Supply Troops with Supplies During WWII

Jun 29, 2019 10:06 am

In 1944, The American Army Transportation Corps started the “Red Ball Express,” a huge trucking operation used to supply World War II troops in Europe with supplies. The business was had a major impact on the Nazi defeat by ensuring the U.S. and Allied warfighters had what they needed to move swiftly across France into […]

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Former Mayor and United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young

Jun 29, 2019 10:06 am

BY WALTER OPINDE Andrew Young’s lifelong work as a politician, human rights activist, and businessman has been in great measure responsible for the development of Atlanta’s reputation as an international city. Andrew Jackson Young Jr. was born on 12th March, 1932, in New Orleans, Louisiana, into a prosperous middle-class family. His mother, Daisy Fuller, was a […]

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June 28, 1964: Malcolm X Founds the Organization for Afro-American Unity

Jun 29, 2019 10:06 am

BY WALTER OPINDE  On this date, 28th June, 1964, Malcolm X announced the founding of the Organization of Afro-American Unity. He believed that African-Americans should not have to contend with racism. Malcolm X thought that Black people throughout all of America had been attempting to form alliances with each other and with white Americans for […]

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The First African American Major League Baseball Player Isn’t Who You Think

Jun 29, 2019 10:06 am

On Monday, every player in Major League Baseball will wear Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 to honor the player who broke baseball’s color barrier on April 15, 1947. The country is also marking the centennial of Robinson’s birth on Jan. 31, 1919 throughout the year. #Jackie42 forever. pic.twitter.com/S3cKN4lMtt — MLB (@MLB) April 15, 2019 But the first African […]

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James “Coody” Johnson: Leading Advocate for Black Native Americans and Dual Citizenship

Jun 29, 2019 10:06 am

James “Coody” Johnson, an African Creek entrepreneur, interpreter, and politician, was a leading advocate for the rights of blacks and dual citizenship of the Creek and Seminole nations. He was born in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, as his mother fled to the region for protection as a refugee during the Civil War. His father, Robert Johnson, […]

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