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Sat, 06.29.1867 story

Emma Hackley promoted racial pride through Black music

On this date in 1867, Emma Azalia Smith Hackley was born. She was an African American classical singer, social worker, writer, philanthropist, and activist who championed the use of the Black spiritual among her own people as a tool for social change.

Emma Smith was born in Murfreesboro, TN, the daughter of Henry and Corilla Smith, a blacksmith and a schoolteacher. Corilla Smith had established a school to teach freed black people and their children, but white hostility drove the family out and they moved to Detroit.

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Tue, 06.29.1886 story

James Van Der Zee was an acclaimed photographer

On this date, James Van Der Zee was born in 1886. He was an African American photographer whose portraits of Black New Yorkers chronicled the Harlem Renaissance.

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Wed, 06.29.1910 story

Avery Alexander, Minister born

*Rev. Avery Alexander was born on this date in 1910. He was an African American minister and activist in the struggle for civil rights for Black Louisianans.

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Mon, 06.29.1914 story

An award of excellence, the Spingarn Medal

The the Spingarn Medal was established on this day in 1914, one of the most prestigious annual awards given in African America.

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Sun, 06.29.1919 story

Lloyd Richards produced for media and the stage

Lloyd Richards was born this date in 1919. He was an African American film, theater, and video director.

He was born in Toronto, Canada, but at an early age his family moved to Detroit. Lloyd Richards was only nine years old when his father died, leaving his mother to raise five children during the Depression. To make matters worse, soon after his mother became blind. At 13, young Lloyd went to work to help support the struggling family.

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Sun, 06.29.1941 story

Stokley Carmichael, a 20th century leader ahead of his time

Stokely Carmichael, also known as Kwame Ture, one of the most effective and best-known activists in the 20th century Civil Rights movement, was born on this date in 1941.

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Tue, 06.29.1943 story

Little Eva, singer of the 1960’s

Little Eva was born on this date in 1943. She was an African American singer from Bellhaven, North Carolina.

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Fri, 06.29.1945 story

Wayne Reese born

*The birth of Wayne Reese is celebrated on this date in 1945.  He was a Black high school counselor and football coach.   Reese was native of Vidalia, Louisiana. He moved to New Orleans in his early years with his parents the late Alfred and Florida Reese, Sr. and his seven siblings. He attended Carter G. Woodson Middle […]

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Sun, 06.29.1969 story

The Harlem Cultural Festival held

*On this date in 1969 the first performance played at the Harlem Cultural Festival.  Also known as the Black Woodstock, this was a series of music concerts that took place in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City.  The concerts celebrated African American music and culture and promoted the continued politics of Black pride. Some of the artist included Nina Simone, B.B. King, Sly & the Family Stone, Chuck Jackson, Abbey […]

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Wed, 06.29.2005 story

Memín Pinguín stamps issued in Mexico

On this date in 2005, the Mexican government issued postage stamps of Memín Pinguín.

Memín Pinguín was created by the late Yolanda Vargas Dulchéis. Memin Pinguín is a Black comic personality whose cartoons have been published throughout Mexico and other Latin countries since 1943 in various publications. Stories feature him as a very poor Afro-Mexican boy who is often taunted and laughed at. The original character, known as Memín Pingo by some Mexicans, was changed to Pingüín when they found that the word was slang for “penis” in some countries. M

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