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Sat, 03.25.1797 story

THE original American poet, George Moses Horton

*The birth of George Moses Horton in 1797 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black poet, and publisher.

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Wed, 03.25.1807 story

The Slave Trade Act passed

*On this date in 1807, The Slave Trade Act was passed.  officially An Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, was a bill of the Parliament of the United Kingdom prohibiting the slave trade in the British Empire.   It did not abolish the practice of slavery, it encouraged British action to press other nation states to abolish their own slave trades.  Many of the supporters […]

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Sat, 03.25.1815 story

Henry Box Brown, a determined and innovative abolitionist

*The birth of Henry Box Brown, in 1815, is celebrated on this date. He was a Black abolitionist and writer.

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Sun, 03.25.1900 story

Educator and more, Ruth W. Howard Beckman

*Ruth Winifred Howard (Beckham) was born on this date in 1900. She was an African American educator, social worker, and psychologist.

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Fri, 03.25.1904 story

Pete Johnson, Boogie-Woogie Pianist born

*On this date in 1904, Pete Johnson was born.  He was an African American boogie-woogie and jazz pianist.   Kermit H. Johnson (his birth name) was born in Kansas City, Missouri.  He was raised by his mother after his father deserted the family. He was placed in an orphanage when he was three, becoming so homesick, however, he ran away and returned living […]

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Mon, 03.25.1929 story

Cecil Taylor, Pianist and Poet born

*Cecil Taylor was born on this date in 1929.  He was an African American pianist and poet.   Cecil Percival Taylor was raised in the Corona, Queens neighborhood of New York City.  As an only child to a middle-class family, Taylor’s mother encouraged him to play music at an early age. He began playing piano at age six and went on to study at the New […]

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Wed, 03.25.1931 story

Blacks on trial in Scottsboro, Alabama

*On this date in 1931, nine young Black men were arrested in Scottsboro, Alabama, and the case of the Scottsboro Boys trial began.

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Fri, 03.25.1932 story

Journalist Roger Wilkins born

*Roger Wilkins was born in on this date in 1932. He was an African American civil rights leader, professor of history, and journalist.

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Sat, 03.25.1939 story

Toni Bambara, writer and activist

*Toni Cade Bambara was born on this date in 1939. She was an African American writer, civil-rights activist, and teacher who wrote about the concerns of the African American community.

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Wed, 03.25.1942 story

One of the best singers ever, Aretha Franklin

*Aretha Franklin was born on this date in 1942. She is one of the most accomplished and influential vocalists of the last two centuries.

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