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Wed, 11.17.1723 story

Crispus Attucks, the first patriot to die for America

On this date in 1723, we celebrate the birth of Crispus Attucks. He was a Black merchant and patriot.

Little is known about the early years of Attucks. He was born a slave around in the (then) colony of Massachusetts. His father, Prince Yonger, was African and his mother, Nancy Attucks, was an Indian and possible descendant of John Attucks, a member of the Natick Indian tribe. John Attucks was executed for treason in 1676 during the King Philip War. The word “attuck” in the Natick language means deer.

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Fri, 11.17.1809 story

Abolitionist Stephen S. Foster born

*Stephen Foster was born on this date in 1809.  He was a white-American abolitionist.   Stephen Symonds Foster was born in Canterbury, New Hampshire. His parents Sarah and Asa Foster had twelve children; Stephen was the ninth. The family attended the local Congregational church and took part in Canterbury’s anti-slavery society.   Foster apprenticed to a carpenter but left at age 22 […]

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Mon, 11.17.1834 story

Nancy Green, the original “Aunt Jemima”

On this date we celebrate the birth of Nancy Green in 1834. She was a Black storyteller and one of the first black corporate models in the United States.

The world knew her as “Aunt Jemima,” but her given name was Nancy Green. The famous Aunt Jemima recipe was not her recipe but she became the advertising world’s first living trademark.

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Thu, 11.17.1904 story

A judicial great, William H. Hastie

On this date in 1904, William H. Hastie was born. He was an African American attorney, judge and magistrate, and state government executive.

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Fri, 11.17.1911 story

Omega Psi Phi founded

On this date in 1911, Omega Psi Phi fraternity was incorporated by three Howard University undergraduate black students, with the assistance of their faculty advise, Ernest E. Just. The three liberal arts students were Edgar A. Love, Oscar J. Cooper and Frank Coleman. .

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity has over 100,000 members and 659 chapters currently.

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Omega Psi Phi

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Mon, 11.17.1969 story

Rebecca Walker born

*Rebecca Walker was born on this date in 1969. She is an African American feminist, speaker and writer.

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Mon, 11.17.2003 story

Black sniper convicted of murder

On this date in 2003, a jury convicted John Allen Muhammad of capital murder. The verdict was handed down in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The jury concluded he used a rifle, a beat-up car, and a teenager who idolized him to kill randomly and terrorize the Washington D.C. area during the previous year’s sniper spree.

On November 24, 2003, the jury decided Muhammad should be executed for masterminding those sniper attacks that terrorized the Washington area for three weeks in the fall of 2002.

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Fri, 11.17.2006 story

White Jewish comedian insults African American’s in LA

On this date in 2006, a popular White Jewish comedian openly, publicly, and repeatedly insulted Blacks at a comedy club in Los Angeles.

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