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How African American Folklore Preserved the Cultural Memory and History of Slaves 

Oct 12, 2018 02:55 am

All over the world, community stories, customs, and beliefs have been passed down from generation to generation. This folklore is used by elders to teach family and friends about their collective cultural past. And for African Americans, folklore has played a particularly important part in documenting history too. The year 1619 marked the beginning of […]

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John L. Whitehead, Jr.: Tuskegee Airman Known as “Mr. Death”

Oct 12, 2018 02:55 am

John L. Whitehead, Jr., decided to join the United States Army Air Corps at the age of 19. He was assigned to Tuskegee Army Air Field at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. While a Tuskegee Airman, Whitehead became known as “Mr. Death.” Whitehead attended West Virginia State College before entering the United States Army Air Corps. […]

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George Taliaferro: First African-American Player Drafted To NFL Dies At Age 81

Oct 12, 2018 02:55 am

George Taliaferro, who in 1949 became the first African-American player to be drafted by an NFL team, died Monday night at age 91. His death was announced by the George Taliaferro Sport Association. Taliaferro, who was a three-time All-American at Indiana, was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 13th round of the 1949 draft, but he never […]

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Google Doodle Celebrates Baseball Great Roberto Clemente

Oct 12, 2018 02:55 am

Roberto Clemente’s legacy as one of baseball’s greatest players is matched only by the memory of the selfless sacrifice he made trying to help others in need. The son of a sugar cane worker in Puerto Rico, Clemente showed athletic promise at an early age, joining the Puerto Rican amateur league in 1952 at the […]

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Today in 1963, Malcolm X Delivered Speech On “Racial Separation” At UC Berkeley| Listen

Oct 12, 2018 02:55 am

On October 11, 1963, Malcolm X gave a speech at the University of California, Berkeley, in which he outlined the philosophy of black nationalism as promoted by the Nation of Islam and declared racial separatism as the best approach to the problems facing black America.  Most of that speech appears below. Our people in the […]

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Flash Black Photo: African American Man

Oct 12, 2018 02:55 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 […]

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Meet Rosce Robinson Jr., The First African American Four Star General In The US Army

Oct 12, 2018 02:55 am

October 11, 1928 Roscoe Robinson, Jr., the first African American four-star general in the United States Army, was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Robinson attended St. Louis University for a year before transferring to the United States Military Academy at West Point where he earned his bachelor’s degree in military engineering in 1951. After graduating, […]

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WNBA President Lisa Borders Leaves League to Become 1st CEO of Advocacy Group Time’s Up

Oct 12, 2018 02:55 am

Lisa Borders has spent the last three seasons leading the WNBAbut just announced on Tuesday that she is stepping down from her post to become the first president and CEO of the advocacy group Time’s Up. The league, which is a subsidiary of the NBA, made the announcement in a tweet on Tuesday morning. “It has been […]

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Ida Elizabeth Asbury: Violinist & Music Teacher

Oct 12, 2018 02:55 am

Ida Elizabeth Asbury was a musician who had a passion for teaching others music. Asbury was born in 1869 to David Bustill Bowser and Elizabeth Harriet Stevens Gray. Her ancestry was traced back to African-American, Scottish, Native American, and English. Bowser attended the University of Pennsylvania in 1887 and earned a Certificate of Proficiency in […]

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The Voter Registration Deadline For Every State

Oct 12, 2018 02:55 am

According to headcount.org, here is the list of voter registration deadlines in all 50 states. If you haven’t signed up already, sign up! Alabama In-Person: You have until Monday, Oct. 22, to register to fill out this form and take it to a voter registration location. You can also conditionally register to vote up to […]

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