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Mon, 11.21.1842 story

The Sisters of the Holy Family founded

The Sisters of The Holy Family Parish, an African American congregation of pontifical status, was founded on this date in 1842 in New Orleans.

It was founded by a free woman of African descent, Henriette Delille, some 20 years before the Emancipation Proclamation. It was created by Henriette Delille of New Orleans, Juliette Gaudin, born in Cuba of Haitian parents, and Mlle Alcot, a young French woman.

It was started under the direction of Father Etienne Rousselon, Vicar-General of the Diocese of New Orleans.

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Tue, 11.21.1865 story

Shaw University founded

On this date in 1865, Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, a private, coeducational institution, was founded. Shaw is the first Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) founded in the South, and one of over 100 in the America.

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Wed, 11.21.1866 story

Duse Ali, 19th century Pan Africanist

*Duse Mohamed Ali was born on this date in 1866. He was an African actor, journalist, businessman and pan Africanist.

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Tue, 11.21.1882 story

Laurence C. Jones born

*Laurence Jones was born on this date in 1882.  He was a Black educator, administrator and activist.  From St. Joseph, Missouri, his father worked as a porter at the Pacific House hotel.  Laurence Clifton Jones came from a family of educators, with an uncle who founded the Woodstock Manual Labor Institute in Michigan in 1846.   When he was 15 […]

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Fri, 11.21.1902 story

The Rhodes Scholarship and African America

*The Rhodes scholarship is celebrated on this date in 1902. It is one of the most prestigious and oldest international fellowship programs for graduates and prolific intellectuals in the world. Created and named after South African mining magnate Cecil John Rhodes, the program brings together more than 80 scholars each year from South Africa, Australia, Canada, Botswana, India, Kenya, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Germany, Jamaica, and the United States, from which 32 scholars are chosen. Scholars are awarded scholarships worth $50,000 each for two years of study at Oxford University.

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Mon, 11.21.1904 story

Coleman Hawkins, a jazz tenor legend

Coleman Hawkins, an African American jazz composer and saxophonist, was born on this date in 1904.

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Wed, 11.21.1923 story

A commanding presence, Julius Harris

The birth of Julius Harris in 1923 is celebrated on this date. He was an African American actor.

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Fri, 11.21.1930 story

The Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching formed

*On this date in 1930, the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching (ASWPL) was founded.   Activist, Jesse Ames founded ASWPL with headquarters in Atlanta.  At its beginning, the organization excluded Black women and appealed directly to white southern women to stop lynching. The ASWPL secured the signatures of 40,000 southern women on its ‘Pledge Against Lynching’ (see below). Despite encountering […]

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Tue, 11.21.1933 story

Etta Z. Falconer, Math Educator born

*The birth of Etta Falconer in 1933 is celebrated on this date. She was an African American mathematician and educator.

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Sat, 11.21.1936 story

James DePreist, one of America’s finest Musicians

*James DePreist was born on this date in 1936. He is an African American performer, composer, arranger, and conductor of music and poet.

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