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Sat, 01.14.1815 story

The White House of the Confederacy is Built

*On this date in 1815, The White House of the Confederacy was built.  This is a historic house located in the Court End neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia. Built as the main executive residence of the sole President of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis, from August 1861 until April 1865. It was viewed as the Confederate States counterpart to the White House in Washington, D.C. […]

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Mon, 01.14.1822 story

The Grebo People, a story

*Grebo people are celebrated on this date in 1822.  They are an ethnic group or subgroup within the larger Kru group of Africa, a language and cultural ethnicity, and to certain of its constituent elements. Within Liberia members of this group are found primarily in Maryland County and Grand Kru County in the southeastern portion […]

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Thu, 01.14.1858 story

Alice W. Wiley Seay, Social Worker born

*The birth of Alice W. Wiley Seay is celebrated on this date in 1858. She was a Black social worker and woman’s rights advocate. Alice W. Wiley was born a slave in Giles, Virginia. By 1880, Seay was no longer living in her family home, and in June 1886, she married Pleasant Wiley. She and […]

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Thu, 01.14.1858 story

Amelia E. Johnson, Canadian Writer born

*The birth of Amelia E. Johnson is celebrated on this date in 1858.  She was a Black Canadian writer, novelist, and poet. Amelia Etta Hall was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her parents were natives of Maryland, Amelia Etta Hall Johnson was educated in Montreal. In 1874 she moved to Boston. She was married to […]

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Tue, 01.14.1890 story

Black History and American Blues (Music), a story

On this date we focus on Blues music in America. Technically, as a musical style the Blues are characterized by expressive pitch inflections (blue notes), a three-line textual stanza, and a 12-measure form.

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Wed, 01.14.1914 story

Dudley Randall, Poet, and Publisher born

On this date in 1914, Dudley Randall was born. He was an African American poet, publisher, editor, and founder of Broadside Press.

He was born in Washington, D.C. and moved with his family to Detroit in 1920. His first published poem appeared in the Detroit Free Press when he was thirteen. His early readings included English poets from whom he learned form. He was later influenced by the work of Jean Toomer and Countee Cullen.

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Fri, 01.14.1916 story

John O. Killens, Novelist born

This date marks the birthday of John Oliver Killens, an African American novelist and professor, born in Macon, GA. in 1916.

Killens studied at Terrell Law School, Columbia University, and New York University from 1936 to 1942. After serving in the military, he worked for the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C., and then moved to Brooklyn. Killen’s first novel, “Youngblood,” was published in 1954 and his second, “And Then We Had Thunder,” in 1963. In between those two novels, he wrote the script for the film “Odds Against Tomorrow.”

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Wed, 01.14.1925 story

Albert Antoine, Scientist, and Teacher born

Albert Cornelius Antoine was born on this date in 1925. He is an African American scientist and educator.

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Thu, 01.14.1937 story

Allen Toussaint, Musician, and Composer born

*Allen Toussaint was born on this date in 1937. He was an African American singer, musician and composer.

From New Orleans, LA Allen Richard Toussaint was drawn to the piano as early as the age of 6, after his aunt sent an old upright to his family’s house for his sister to study on. He quickly made sense of the instrument and began to experiment with everything from Ray Charles to Liberace.

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Sun, 01.14.1940 story

Julian Bond, Activist born

Julian Bond, an African American Civil rights activist and politician, was born on this date in 1940, in Nashville, TN.

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