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Saturday Evening Quill: African-American Literary Magazine of the Harlem Renaissance

Mar 19, 2021 12:39 pm

The Saturday Evening Quill (also known as the Boston Quill Club) an African-American literary magazine of the Harlem Renaissance. The magazine was founded by the journalist Eugene Gordon in 1928 and published up until 1930. The Saturday Evening Quill Club included members, Helene Johnson and Dorothy West. Out of this grew an annual literary magazine, […]

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This Woman Was The First Black Female Attorney Admitted To Practice Before The Supreme Court

Mar 19, 2021 12:39 pm

In 1926 Violette Neatley Anderson became the first African American female attorney admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Anderson was born on July 16, 1882 in London, England to Richard and Marie Neatley. The family immigrated to the United States and settled in Chicago, Illinois when Anderson was a young child. She […]

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What the lynching memorial will force us all to face 

Mar 19, 2021 12:39 pm

In the acclaimed documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” director Raoul Peck takes the words from an unfinished book by legendary author James Baldwin and gives them life in the voice of actor Samuel L. Jackson. And there is a jarring moment in this stunning 93-minute examination of race in the United States that has […]

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Elizabeth Harden Gilmore: First Black Woman Licensed as Funeral Director in Kanawha County, WV

Mar 19, 2021 12:39 pm

Elizabeth Harden Gilmore was the first African American woman licensed as a funeral director in Kanawha County, West Virginia in the late 1930s. She opened the Harden and Harden Funeral Home in 1947. Gilmore also pioneered in efforts to integrate West Virginia’s schools, housing, and public accommodations and to pass civil rights legislation enforcing such […]

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Henry McNeal Turner: Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Mar 19, 2021 12:39 pm

Henry McNeal Turner was a Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He was also an author, editor, human rights advocate and fervent proponent of the “Back to Africa” movement. Turner was born free in South Carolina. He was self-educated and recognized as a outspoken gifted speaker. In 1848, he joined the Methodist Episcopal Church […]

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Poem: “Address to Slavery” by Samuel Wright (Published in the Anglo-African Magazine 1860)

Mar 19, 2021 12:39 pm

The Weekly Anglo-African Magazine was founded in January 1859 by New York–based journalist and book publisher Thomas Hamilton. The Magazine was a key site of African American literary production and political debate. Its list of regular contributors included some of the most celebrated African American writers of the 19th century: Edward Wilmot Blyden, Mary Ann […]

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Gospel Grammy Winner Kanye West is the Wealthiest Black American of All Time: Net Worth Valued at $6.6 Billion

Mar 19, 2021 12:39 pm

Photo credits: Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Ralph Lauren With a net worth of $6.6 billion, Kanye West (pictured) is now the wealthiest-ever Black person in American history. The music and fashion magnate has leapfrogged from third place to first place–surpassing Oprah Winfrey’s $3.5 billion net worth and Robert F. Smith’s $6.6 billion. Michael Jordan is […]

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The Ville: Early African-American Community in St. Louis, Missouri

Mar 19, 2021 12:39 pm

The Ville is a residential and business district remembered as the cultural center of the African American community in St. Louis, Missouri. The Ville, located just northwest of downtown St. Louis, was open to African Americans during a time that much of the city was covered by restrictive covenants which prohibited African Americans from owning […]

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Did You Know That BET Was The First African American Founded Company To Trade On The New York Stock Exchange?

Mar 19, 2021 12:39 pm

Black Entertainment Television (BET) is a Viacom–owned cable network based in Washington, D.C. The cable channel is viewed in more than 90 million homes worldwide. As of 2010 it was the most prominent television network targeting young black-American audiences and was the leading provider of black American cultural and entertainment based programming.   The network […]

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Ruth B. Jones: First & Only Woman in N.C. to Elected President of Two State Education Associations

Mar 19, 2021 12:39 pm

Ruth Braswell Jones was a prominent educator whose career spanned for forty-seven years. Jones was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina on November 21, 1914, and was the seventh daughter, of William and Arkaanna (Sanders) Braswell. Jones received a diploma with distinction from Brick Junior College in North Carolina (1933) and a B.S. degree in […]

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