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Sat, 09.15.1500 story

Black History in Latin America, a story

On this date of Cinco de Mayo, we look briefly at the history of Africans in Latin (Central and South) America and the Caribbean.

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Sun, 09.15.1799 story

Nancy Prince, Abolitionist, and Writer born

*Nancy Prince was born on this date in 1799.  She was a Black abolitionist and writer.   Nancy Gardner Prince was born free in Newburyport, Massachusetts.  Her father Thomas Gardner was a wailer.  Little is known about Prince’s family life. Her father, a seaman died when she was an infant, leaving her in the care of […]

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Sat, 09.15.1821 story

Costa Rica Gains Independence From Spain

*The Republic of Costa Rica gained independence from Spain on this date in 1821.  The first Blacks that arrived in Costa Rica came through the middle passage with the Spanish conquistadors.  Beginning in the 15th century, the slave trade was common in all the countries conquered by Spain Costa Rica the first Blacks came from […]

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Wed, 09.15.1847 story

George F. Grant, Dentist, and Inventor born

*George Grant was born on this date in 1847, he was a Black inventor and dentist the first Black professor at Harvard. George Franklin Grant was born in Oswego, New York, to Phillis Pitt and Tudor Elanor Grant.  Grant entered the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1868 and graduated in 1870. He then took a position in the department of […]

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Wed, 09.15.1852 story

Jan Matzeliger, Inventor born

*This date marks the birth of Jan Matzeliger in 1852. He was an African American inventor best known for his shoe-lasting machine that mechanically shaped the upper portions of shoes.

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Wed, 09.15.1852 story

Edward Bouchet, Physicist born

*Edward Bouchet was born on this date in 1852. He was an African American educator, physicist and administrator.

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Wed, 09.15.1886 story

Kittrell College is Founded

*The founding of Kittrell College is celebrated on this date in 1886. It was a two-year historically black college (HBCU).   History Kittrell College was originally chartered in 1885 by the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Kittrell, North Carolina, as Kittrell Normal and Industrial School. It was founded to train underprivileged Blacks as teachers and artisans. […]

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Mon, 09.15.1890 story

Claude McKay, Author born

*This date marks the birthday of Claude McKay in 1890. He was an African American writer, born in Jamaica.

He was educated by his older brother, who owned a library of English novels, poetry, and scientific texts. At twenty, McKay published a book of verse called “Songs of Jamaica,” recording his impressions of Black life in Jamaica in dialect. In 1912, he traveled to the United States to attend Tuskegee Institute. He remained there only a few months, leaving to study agriculture at Kansas State University.

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Mon, 09.15.1902 story

Theodore Ward, Playwright born

*James Theodore Ward was born on this date in 1902. He was an African American author and playwright.

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Mon, 09.15.1924 story

Bobby Short, Cabaret Entertainer born

*Bobby Short was born on this date in 1924. He was an African American cabaret singer.

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