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Sat, 01.25.1890 story

National Afro-American League formed

*On this date in 1890, the National Afro-American League was formed. Put together by Timothy Thomas Fortune it preceded the NAACP.

Fortune was the crusading editor of the New York Age, which was the leading Negro journal of the era. The organization dedicated itself to protest based on racial solidarity and self-help. It became defunct in 1893 because of lack of support and funds.

Reference:
Black First:
2,000 years of extraordinary achievement
by Jessie Carney Smith
Copyright 1994 Visible Ink Press, Detroit, MI
ISBN 0-8103-9490-1

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Sun, 07.21.1889 story

Black inventor patents first lock improvement in 4000 years

On this date in 1889, W. A. Martin, African American inventor, patented the lock. This device was an improvement over the 4000-year-old bolt invented by the Chinese.

Martin’s lock consisted of a cylinder and spiral spring, coiled around a metal pin. It was the forerunner of modern door locks.

Reference:
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Mail Stop USPTO Contact Center
P.O. Box 1450
Alexandria, VA 22313

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Tue, 09.24.1878 story

Black innovator patents library table

On this date in 1878, African American innovator W. R. Davis Jr., patented the library table.
The patent number is, 208378.

Reference:
Black First:
2,000 years of extraordinary achievement
by Jessie Carney Smith
Copyright 1994 Visible Ink Press, Detroit, MI
ISBN 0-8103-9490-1

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Mon, 09.16.1889 story

The Father of the Negro Press, Claude Barnett

*On this date in 1889, Claude Barnett was born. He was an African American journalist and entrepreneur.

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Sun, 03.02.1919 story

Associated Negro Press founded

*On this date in 1919, the Associated Negro Press (ANP), the first national news services for African Americans, was established.

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Thu, 06.16.1927 story

George E. Johnson was a natural businessman

On this date in 1927, George Ellis Johnson Sr., an African American businessman, was born.

He was raised in a three-room sharecropper’s shack in Richton, MS. Johnson’s parents separated and he and his mother, Priscilla, moved to Chicago in 1929. He began working at the age of eight, shining shoes while attending Doolittle Elementary School, and then Wendell Phillips High School for three years before quitting to work full-time. Johnson worked during the day as a busboy and in the evenings he set pins in a bowling alley.

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Thu, 07.28.1825 story

James Presley Ball pioneered Black photography

*The birth of James P. Ball in 1825 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black Abolitionist, free Black man, photographer and businessman.

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Mon, 08.01.1881 story

Joe Bartholomew, an early Golfer and Golf Course designer

Joseph M. Bartholomew was born on this date in 1885. He was an African American golfer who specialized in designing golf courses.

Joe Bartholomew was born in New Orleans, and was a seven-year-old caddie at nearby Audubon Golf Course. Bartholomew copied the swings of the golfers for whom he caddied, taught himself the game’s touch, and quickly became skilled enough to instruct others. He became such a good player–he once shot 62 at Audubon–that club members backed him in arranged matches.

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Fri, 02.05.1869 story

Minnie Cox, a first for Mississippi

*The birth of Minnie Cox in 1869 is celebrated on this date. She was an African American teacher, and postal administrator.

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Wed, 01.09.1935 story

Earl Graves, an image of Black business success

*On this date in 1935, Earl G. Graves was born. He is an African American businessman, entrepreneur and activist.

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