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Poem: “Nina’s Blues” by Poet Cornelius Eady

Aug 14, 2020 08:59 am

Cornelius Eady is an American writer focusing largely on matters of race and society, His poetry often centers on jazz and blues, family life, violence, and societal problems stemming from questions of race and class. Eady was born in Rochester, New York and is an author of seven volumes of poetry. In most of Eady’s […]

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The Two Platforms – 1854

Aug 14, 2020 08:59 am

July 6, 1854 – In Jackson, MI, the Republican Party held its first convention. They were formed be a party against slavery. Here is a Democratic poster in opposition.

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The Ozark Club of Montana: “Where All Were Welcome”

Aug 14, 2020 08:59 am

The Ozark achieved fame for its quality entertainment featuring some of the best jazz musicians, black and white, in the western United States. Owned and operated many years by former, African American boxer Leo La Mar. The Ozark was an immediate success, and by the fall of 1935, the Ozark Club moved to 116-118 Third […]

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August 13: Today in 1906, a Texas Shooting Occurred, Which Black Soldiers Were Framed For Sparked the Infamous ‘Brownsville Affair’

Aug 14, 2020 08:59 am

Photo credits: Dublin Core/Projects.leadr.msu.edu/Shutterstock A deadly shooting, which ignited an injustice known as “The “Brownsville Affair of 1906” is remembered on this date. This was a racial incident from tensions between whites in Brownsville, Texas, and Black infantrymen in the U.S. Army stationed at nearby Fort Brown. The soldiers had been subjected to racial discrimination […]

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August 13: Baltimore’s Afro-American Newspaper Was Founded by Former Slave Today in 1892

Aug 14, 2020 08:59 am

Photo credits: The Baltimore Afro-American newspaper archives On this date in 1892, the first issue of the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper went on sale.  This Black owned and operated newspaper has crusaded for racial equality and economic advancement for African- America for more than a century. John Henry Murphy Sr., a former slave, started the paper […]

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Octavia Bridgewater: One of a Few Black Nurses Permitted to Serve in the Segregated Armed Forces

Aug 14, 2020 08:59 am

Octavia Bridgewater was a strong African American woman who lived under the veil of racism in Helena, Montana during the first half of the twentieth century. She earned the respect of the Helena community, and helped make a difference in the lives of other African Americans. Bridgewater was a product of her mother’s encouragement. She […]

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The First African American, William Tucker (1624 – ?)

Aug 14, 2020 08:59 am

William Tucker was the first person of African ancestry born in the 13 British Colonies.  His birth symbolized the beginnings of a distinct African American identity along the eastern coast of what would eventually become the United States. William Tucker was born in 1624 near Jamestown, Virginia, the son of “Antoney and Isabell,” two African […]

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Sarah Louis Vaughan: American Jazz Singer Nicknamed “Sassy” & “The Divine One”

Aug 14, 2020 08:59 am

Sarah Lois Vaughan was an American jazz singer, described by music critic Scott Yanow as having “one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century.” Nicknamed “Sassy” and “The Divine One,” Sarah Vaughan was a Grammy Award winner. Vaughan was born on March 27, 1924 in Newark, New Jersey, as the only child to […]

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August 12: Singer/Musician August “Kid Creole” Darnell Was Born Today in 1950

Aug 14, 2020 08:59 am

Photo credits:  C. Brandon/Redferns Thomas August Darnell Browder (pictured) is an American musician who was born in The Bronx, New York. His mother was from South Carolina with Caribbean and Italian parents and his father came from Savannah Georgia. As he grew older, he chose to be known by his two middle names – August […]

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August 12: The Revolutionary Frederick Douglass’ Home Became a Museum Today in 1922

Aug 14, 2020 08:59 am

Photo credits: Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History The Washington, D.C., home of the abolitionist Frederick Douglass became a dedicated national museum on Aug. 12, 1922. In 1878, Douglass moved into the house, which he named Cedar Hill, with his wife, Anna Murray Douglass. After his death on Feb. 20, 1895, his widow founded […]

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