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Fri, 04.07.1837 story

Anderson R. Abbott, Toronto Physician born

*Anderson Ruffin Abbott was born on this date in1837. He was an African Canadian physician and soldier.

From Toronto, Canada, his parents were Wilson R. and Ellen Toyer Abbott, who had emigrated as “free people of color” from Mobile, Alabama, to Toronto in 1835. Anderson Abbott was educated at Toronto Academy where he was an honor student, and Oberlin College, Ohio from 1856 to 1858. In 1861 he graduated in medicine from Trinity College, University of Toronto. He was licensed with the medical board of Upper Canada in 1862. His mentor Was Dr. Alexander T. Augusta.

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Thu, 04.07.1842 story

William Monroe Trotter, Publisher and Activist born

*William Monroe Trotter was born on this date in 1872. He was an African American news publisher and activist and perhaps the most militant of the known civil rights activist of the 19th century.

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Thu, 04.07.1842 story

Allen Allensworth, California Pioneer born

*On this date in 1842, Allen Allensworth was born. He was a Black minister, administrator and educator.

From Louisville, KY, born to slave parents, Phyllis and Levi Allensworth, Allen escaped from slavery at the age of twenty. During the Civil War, he became a civilian nurse in the 44th Infantry’s hospital corps serving in the Nashville campaign. A year later he joined the Navy serving on gunboat in the Ohio River. By 1865, he became a chief petty officer. Allensworth then returned to Louisville, where he converted to the Baptist faith in their Fifth Street Church.

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Sun, 04.07.1867 story

Johnson C. Smith University founded

*On this date in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University was founded. It is one of over 100 historically Black colleges and universities in America.

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Wed, 04.07.1875 story

Henry W. Botts Sr., Minister born

*Rev. Henry W. Botts Sr. was born on this date in 1875.  He was a Black minister and community activist.    Henry Botts was born in Meadville, MO, one of six children of Thomas and Matilda Botts who were enslaved on a plantation in Meadville MO.  The children’s names were Thomas, Virginia, Margaret, William, Henry, and Elizabeth.  […]

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Sun, 04.07.1907 story

Raymond Kemp, Football Player, and Coach born

*Ray Kemp was born on this date in 1907. He was an African American football player and coach.

Raymond Howard Kemp was from Cecil, Pa., a region of coal mines and farms where his parents had migrated from Virginia. He played fullback and the baritone saxophone at Cecil Township High School, and participated in the oratorical society. ”In that area at that time, it was assumed that blacks wouldn’t go to high school,” he recalled. ”I had brothers and sisters who were smarter than I was, but none of them went to school.”

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Wed, 04.07.1915 story

Billie Holiday, Jazz/blues Singer born

*Billie Holiday was born on this date in 1915. She was an African American vocalist.

Born Eleanora Fagan in Philadelphia, she spent an impoverished childhood in Baltimore before moving to New York City in the late 1920s, when she began singing in Harlem nightclubs. A recording session in 1935 brought her to public attention. Thereafter she was vocalist with various orchestras, including those of Count Basie and Artie Shaw, and made many recordings with the saxophonist Lester Young and with the pianist Teddy Wilson.

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Fri, 04.07.1916 story

Edward Loper Sr., Artist born

*Edward L. Loper, Sr. was born on this date in 1916.  He was a Black artist and teacher.  Edward Lionel Loper Sr. was born to a poor family on the east side of Wilmington, Delaware, in a racially mixed section known as Frogtown. At the time of his birth, his mother was 16. Loper was raised […]

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Mon, 04.07.1919 story

The Kansas City Call newspaper founded

*On this date we remember the founding of the Kansas City Call in 1919. This is an African American Newspaper.

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Thu, 04.07.1927 story

Babatunde Olatunji, Percussion born

*Babatunde Olatunji was born on this date in 1927. He was a Nigerian musician specializing in percussion.

Born and raised in Nigeria, Olatunji was educated at Morehouse College in Atlanta and the New York University Graduate School. At Morehouse, he began performing casually, entertaining students. As the demand for his music grew, he turned professional. In 1959, Columbia Records released Olatunji’s first album, Drums of Passion, which became a worldwide hit. It was the first album to bring genuine African music to Western ears, selling over five million copies.

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