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Mon, 09.29.1000 story

The Bantu People of Africa, a story

*Bantu people of Africa are affirmed on this date in 1000 BCE.  They are Black African speakers of Bantu languages of several hundred indigenous ethnic groups.   The Bantu live in sub-Saharan Africa, spread over a vast area from Central Africa across the African Great Lakes to Southern Africa.  Linguistically, these languages belong to the Southern Bantoid branch of Benue Congo, one of the language families grouped within the Niger-Congo phylum.  It is generally accepted that the […]

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Fri, 09.29.1600 story

Black History in Canada, a story

*A brief article on Black Canadian history before America’s Civil Rights movement is recognized on this date.

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Tue, 09.29.1739 story

Stepping or Step Dancing, a story

*Stepping is celebrated on this date in 1739.  Also called Step Dancing it is a percussive dance in which the participant’s body is used to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word, and hand-claps.    Black Africans brought their dances to North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean as […]

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Sat, 09.29.1860 story

Henrietta Davis, Actress, and Nurse Administrator born

On this date in 1860 we remember Henrietta Vinton Davis. She was an African American actress and an international leader of the Garvey movement.

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Tue, 09.29.1863 story

Cornelius Fitzgerald, Lawyer, Community Activist born

Cornelius Fitzgerald, an African American lawyer, was born on this date in 1863.

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Mon, 09.29.1902 story

William Alexander Scott II, News Publisher born

*William Alexander Scott II was born on this date in 1902.  He was a Black businessman and newspaper publisher.  Born in Edwards, Mississippi. Scott was the 4th child of nine children.  His father, the Rev. Dr. William A. Scott Sr., was a Christian Church minister and a printer. His mother, Emmeline Southall Scott, was active […]

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Wed, 09.29.1909 story

Eddie Tolan, Track and Field Athlete born

Eddie Tolan was born on this date in 1909. He was an African American sprinter.

Tolan was from Denver, Colo., and was that city and state champion in the 100- and 200-yard dashes. While attending high school in Detroit, he was often called The Midnight Express. At the University of Michigan, he attracted national attention in 1929 when he set a record in the 100-yard dash (9.5 seconds) and tied the record of 10.4 seconds in the 100-meter dash.

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Tue, 09.29.1914 story

Edna Mae Harris, Actress born

*Edna Mae Harris was born on this date in 1914. She was an African American actress.

Harris was born in Harlem, New York, to Sam and Mary Harris. Her father was a boxer and customs inspector and her mother worked as a maid for gay 90s pin-up Lillian Russell. Harris’ family was among the first African American families to migrate to Harlem. They settled near the Lafayette Theater. After the relocation, Harris was encouraged to pursue a career in show business by performers Ethel Waters and Maud Russell who frequently dined at the Harris household.

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Wed, 09.29.1920 story

Nancy Leftenant, Nurse and Officer born

*Nancy Leftenant was born on this date in 1920. She was a Black nurse and military officer. Also known as “Lefty,” she was born in Goose Creek, South Carolina, to James and Eunice Leftenant. She graduated from Amityville High School, Amityville, New York, in 1939 and New York’s Lincoln School of Nursing in 1941. She […]

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Thu, 09.29.1921 story

Todd Matshikiza, South African Pianist born

*The birth of Todd Matshikiza is celebrated on this date in 1921. He was a Black South African jazz pianist, composer, and journalist. From, Johannesburg, SA., Todd Tozama Matshikiza came from a musical family. He graduated from St Peter’s College in Rosettenville, Johannesburg, and went on to obtain a diploma in music and a teaching […]

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