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​January 13, 1962: Wilt Chamberlain Makes NBA History

Jan 13, 2019 12:19 am

Wilt Chamberlain of Philadelphia scored 73 points to lead the host Warriors to a 135-117 win over the Chicago Packers. The 73 points was, at the time, the most points ever scored by an NBA player in a regulation game, and it remains tied for the 3rd-highest total in NBA history. Read more sports stories […]

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Toni Cade Bambara: Author, Documentary Filmmaker, Social Activist

Jan 13, 2019 12:19 am

Toni Cade Bambara was born “Miltona Mirkin Cade” on March 25, 1939. She was an author, documentary filmmaker, social activist, and college professor. Bambara was born in New York City to Walter and Helen Cade. She grew up in Harlem, Brooklyn, Queens, and in New Jersey. She graduated from Queens College with a B.A. in […]

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The Hard Trials and Great Achievements of Maya Angelou

Jan 13, 2019 12:19 am

BY WALTER OPINDE One of the most prominent African-Americans who will forever be remembered for her multi-diversified career is Maya Angelou. She grew up to be a famous poet, playwright, dancer, singer, actress, and indeed, a great author and civil activist. Born on 4th April 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, Maya’s birth name was Anne […]

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Battle of Hayes Pond: The Day Lumbees Ran the Klan Out of North Carolina

Jan 13, 2019 12:19 am

The Battle of Hayes Pond was an armed confrontation between the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the Lumbee Indians at a Klan rally near Maxton, North Carolina, on the night of January 18, 1958. Grand Dragon James W. “Catfish” Cole was the organizer of the Klan rally. Sanford Locklear, Simeon Oxendine and Neill […]

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Jennie Jackson: Fisk Jubilee Singer, Impresario, Folklorist

Jan 13, 2019 12:19 am

Jennie Jackson was a Fisk Jubilee Singer, impresario, and folklorist. She was also the granddaughter of President Andrew Jackson’s lifelong body servant. Jackson’s mother was born a slave; her father, George, was also enslaved but died before her birth. Her mother was the beneficiary of a slaveholder’s deathbed manumission, and because of this, Jackson was […]

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Did You Know That A Black Woman Was The Founder Of The Restaurant Chain Fatburger?

Jan 13, 2019 12:19 am

  Lovie Yancey was the #African American founder of the Fatburger restaurant chain. She originally owned a small restaurant in Tucson.In 1947 she founded Fatburger under its original name Mr.Fatburger.In 1952,Lovie shed both her business partners and the “Mr.” from the name of the hamburger stand,and Fatburger was officially born. From the beginning,Lovie was a fixture […]

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Robert C. Weaver: Served as the First U.S Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Jan 13, 2019 12:19 am

Robert Clifton Weaver was an economist, academic, and political administrator; he served as the first United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1966 to 1968, in the new agency established in 1965 under President Lyndon B. Johnson. Weaver was the first African American to be appointed to a US cabinet-level position. Weaver was […]

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​January 11, 1961: The UGA Riots

Jan 13, 2019 12:19 am

Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter attend their first classes without incident at UGA after registering for classes two days earlier. But that night, after UGA suffers an overtime loss in a basketball game against Georgia Tech, a mob descends on Myers Hall, where Hunter had been assigned ground floor rooms.  The crowd hurls bricks and bottles, […]

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Flash Black Photo: African American Woman – 1890

Jan 13, 2019 12:19 am

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At Black Then, we frequently see interesting photos that give us a glimpse into the past. They tend to show us a piece of black history that is often not covered in textbooks, in history classes, or shown in the media. In a photo that we found on Black History Album , we see this […]

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Flash Black Photo: African American Boy, Shoeshine

Jan 13, 2019 12:19 am

At Black Then, we frequently see interesting photos that give us a glimpse into the past. They tend to show us a piece of black history that is often not covered in textbooks, in history classes, or shown in the media. In a photo that we found on Black History Album , we see this great […]

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