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Fri, 08.05.1763 story

William Richmond, Boxing Pioneer born

*William Richmond was born on this date in 1763. He was a Black boxer.

From (Cuckold’s Town) near, Richmond, VA, he moved to Staten Island, New York where he became a free black and the first black professional boxer in America. Richmond worked as a shipyard laborer and was noticed by a British commander named Hugh Percy on the docks having a fight with a dock sailor. Percy convinced Richmond’s parents to let him travel to England where he could establish a better life. Richmond became a cabinetmaker, and took up boxing for self-defense.

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Thu, 08.05.1784 story

Mary Lange, Oblate Sisters of Providence Founder born

*On this date in 1784, we celebrate the birth of Mary Lange, O.S.P.  She was a Black religious sister who was the foundress of the Oblate Sisters of Providence. a religious congregation established to allow African American women to enter religious life in the Catholic Church. The cause for her beatification has been opened and thus she is honored as a Servant of God by the Catholic Church.   She was […]

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Mon, 08.05.1805 story

The African Meeting House (Boston) is Founded

*On this date in 1805, The African Meeting House was founded. Also known as First African Baptist Church, First Independent Baptist Church, and the Belknap Street Church, it is now the oldest black church edifice still standing in the United States. Before 1805, although black Bostonians could attend white churches, they generally faced discrimination. They […]

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Mon, 08.05.1833 story

‘An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans’ is Published

*The 19th century publication of the book, An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans is celebrated on October 5, 1833.  This book by white American writer Lydia Maria Child.  It favored of the immediate emancipation of the African slaves without compensation to slaveholders.  It was the first book in support of this policy written by a white woman.   It was published by Allen & Ticknor […]

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Thu, 08.05.1880 story

Gertrude Rush, Iowa Lawyer born

The birth of Gertrude E. Rush, an African American attorney and activist, in 1880 is celebrated on this date.

She was born in Texas, the daughter of a Baptist minister. Her family also lived in Kansas before landing in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Gertrude attended Des Moines University and studied the law under her attorney-husband James B. Rush. She further studied at Drake and LaSalle universities. Rush was admitted to the Iowa Bar in 1918 as the state’s first Black female lawyer.

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Mon, 08.05.1895 story

Tiger Flowers, Boxer born

*Theodore “Tiger” Flowers was born on this date in 1895. He was an African American boxer.

Nicknamed The Georgia Deacon, he was from Camille, GA. The muscular Flowers was a deserving champion in an era of great middleweights. He fought 36 times alone in 1924 and 31 times the following year, losing only four. Flowers took the middleweight crown from Hall of Famer Harry Greb, lost it to Mickey Ealker. It has been said of him that Flowers “fought ’em all,” including Sam Langford, Jamaica Kid, Fireman Jim Flynn, Jack Delaney, Jock Malone, Mike McTigue, and Maxie Rosenbloom.

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Mon, 08.05.1907 story

Ernestine Davis, Jazz Musician born

*Ernestine “Tiny” Davis was born this date in 1909. She was an African American jazz trumpeter and vocalist.

From Memphis, TN, she was the youngest of seven children born to George and Leanna (nee White) Carroll. She had 4 older sisters and 2 older brothers. She married Clarence Davis in her youth and they had 3 children, 1 son and 2 daughters.

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Tue, 08.05.1913 story

Thomas R. Jones Jr., Lawyer born

*Thomas R Jones was born on this date in 1913.  He was a Black lawyer and politician. Thomas Russell Jones, Jr. was born in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of Thomas Russell Jones, Sr. and Mabel (Ward) Jones, immigrants from Barbados.  Jones graduated from St. John’s University and from St. John’s University School of […]

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Thu, 08.05.1920 story

John Ramos Jr., Doctor, and School Board Member born

*John F. Ramos, Jr. was on this date in 1920. He was an African American Physician and School Board Member.

John Francis Ramos, Jr. was from Boston, MA. He received a bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall College in Newark, New Jersey and attended Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. His internship and residency in radiology occurred at the old General Hospital No. 2, Kansas City’s hospital for Black Americans. He was the first resident to complete his training at the hospital and was certified by the American Board of Radiology in 1950.

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Sun, 08.05.1923 story

Nathan Wright Jr., Activist born

*Nathan Wright Jr. was born on this date in 1923.  He was a Black author, minister, activist, and educator. From Shreveport, Louisiana, and grew up, along with his twin brother Benjamin Hickman Wright and their sisters, in Cincinnati, Ohio. His father, Nathan Wright Sr. was an insurance agent and the executive secretary of the Cincinnati […]

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