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Richard Bruce Nugent: Writer, Playwright, Actor & Dancer of the Harlem Renaissance

Feb 05, 2021 11:25 am

Richard Bruce Nugent was a writer, playwright, actor, and dancer of the Harlem Renaissance. Nugent was born in Washington, DC, on July 2, 1906 to Richard H. Nugent, Jr., and his wife Pauline Minerva Bruce. After attending Dunbar High School, he moved to New York after his father’s death in 1920. Nugent’s mother worried about […]

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Biddleville: Home to Johnson C. Smith University, Oldest Black Neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina

Feb 05, 2021 11:25 am

Biddleville is the oldest surviving black neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was started as a village next to Biddle College, known as Johnson C. Smith University today. The college, which opened formally in 1867, was founded by two young white Presbyterian ministers. The school operated as Biddle Institute in the beginning to train black […]

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Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain : The Only Player To Score 100 Points In A Single NBA Game

Feb 05, 2021 11:25 am

On March 2, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain set the NBA single-game scoring record by tallying 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a 169-147 victory over the New York Knicks. Chamberlain was a gargantuan force in the NBA, a player of Bunyanesque stature who seemed to overshadow all around him. He was a dominant offensive force, […]

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Thelma Myrtle Duncan: Writer, Playwright, and Music Teacher

Feb 05, 2021 11:25 am

Thelma Myrtle Duncan was among an elite group of Black University student playwrights in America who established themselves as “cornerstones” of an emerging National Negro Theater, during the early decades of the 20th century. The St. Louis, Missouri-born writer received her college education at Howard University, Washington, DC and Columbia University, New York. At Howard, […]

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February 4: France Legislatively Issued Slavery Abolition Decree Today in 1794

Feb 05, 2021 11:25 am

Photo credits: Wikimedia Commons While Africans in America were still enduring the atrocities of slavery toward the end of the 18th century, France was embroiled in a revolution, which yielded a shocking result. On February 4, 1794, a French decree was put forth that called for the abolishment of slavery. The slave trade benefited France […]

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Dr. Carl J. Murphy: Journalist, Publisher, Civil Rights Leader & Educator

Feb 05, 2021 11:25 am

Dr. Carl J. Murphy was a journalist, publisher, civil rights activist and educator. Murphy was born in Baltimore on Jan. 17, 1889, the son of John H. Murphy Sr. and Martha Howard Murphy. His father, a former slave in Montgomery County who served in the Union Army and won his freedom, went on to found […]

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Schooled by Youtube: Remembering Legendary Actress and Civil Rights Activist, Ruby Dee

Feb 05, 2021 11:25 am

At Black Then, we often see videos that make us stop and think. They frequently reveal information that is not broadcast to the masses and great talents that are not shown in mainstream media. In a video posted on Black Then, we learn more about Ruby Dee was an American actress, playwright, screenwriter, activist, poet […]

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Did You Know That A Black Man Invented The Fire Escape Ladder?

Feb 05, 2021 11:25 am

Joseph Winters was important to the safety of people who live in cities. On May 7, 1878, the fire escape ladder was patented by Joseph Winters. Joseph Winters invented a wagon-mounted fire escape ladder for the city of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Joseph Winters was born in 1816 in Virginia to an African-American brick maker and a Shawnee […]

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Schooled by Youtube: Heads of Hate #42: William Clinton

Feb 05, 2021 11:25 am

In a video posted on The Black History School, we learn more about During Clinton’s presidency, the unemployment rate was low, women and minorities were being appointed to the highest positions for the first time, and the economy was stable. Despite the sex scandal, people would argue that Clinton had a progressive presidency. What people […]

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Benjamin A. Quarles: Historian, Educator, Scholar and Prolific Writer

Feb 05, 2021 11:25 am

Benjamin Arthur Quarles was an African-American historian, administrator, scholar, educator, and writer. Major books by Quarles include The Negro in the Civil War, The Negro in the American Revolution, Lincoln and the Negro, and Black Abolitionists. While in his twenties, Quarles enrolled at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, the oldest historically black college in […]

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