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Mon, 09.20.1830 story

National Negro Convention meets

*On this date in 1830, the first National Negro Convention met in Philadelphia, PA. This group gathered for the express purpose of abolishing slavery and improving the status of African Americans.

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Sun, 03.17.1867 story

Ida Cummings, organizer for her people

*Ida Rebecca Cummings was born on this date in 1867. She was an African American educator, organization leader, and clubwoman.

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Fri, 01.10.1936 story

Thelma White Camack, helped break school segregation

*On this date in 1936, Thelma Joyce White was born. She was an African American civil rights activist.

Thelma was the daughter of Ray and Johnnie Mae (Dickins). She was born in Marlin, TX and moved to El Paso with her family as a small child. She attended the city’s segregated school for Blacks and in 1954 graduated as class valedictorian from Douglass High School.

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Mon, 09.30.1765 story

An Afro Mexican legend, José Morelos

José Morelos y Pavyn was born on this date in 1765. He was an Afro Mexican priest, soldier, abolitionist, and an early leader of Mexico’s struggle for independence from Spain.

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Thu, 04.25.1872 story

Minnie Crosthwaite gave much to her community

Minnie Lee Crosthwaite’s birth in 1872 is celebrated on this date. She was an African American social worker and community leader.

Born and raised Minnie Lee Harris, she was a product of Nashville, Tennessee. She attended Fisk University in her hometown and taught first grade in a Nashville public school for two years. She resigned her teaching position in 1889 to marry David N. Crosthwaite, the principal of the first all-Black high school in Nashville. In 1895 they moved to Kansas City, where Crosthwaite’s husband had accepted a job teaching at Lincoln High School.

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Wed, 11.14.1917 story

Doris Pemberton, civic leader and author

On this date in 1917, Doris Hollis Pemberton was born. She was an African American civic leader, reporter, and author.

Pemberton was born in Nacogdoches, Texas, the daughter of John Henry and Della Mae (Powdrill) Hollis. She spent her childhood in Limestone County near Comanche Crossing, Webb Chapel, Rocky Crossing, and Groesbeck, Texas. She enrolled at Texas College, Tyler, when she was 16 years old and she graduated from Texas Southern University at Houston in 1955.

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Sat, 02.25.1826 story

Alexander G. Clark an Iowa icon

*Alexander G. Clark was born on this date in 1826. He was a Black laborer, barber, lawyer and activist.

He was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, to John Clark, a former slave, and Rebecca Darnes Clark. At 13, he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, to learn barbering from an uncle, who also made sure the boy was well-schooled in other areas. Clark left Cincinnati in October 1841, working for a few months as a bartender on the steamboat George Washington before arriving, at 16, in Muscatine (then called Bloomington, in Iowa Territory). It was May 22, 1842.

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Mon, 01.08.1912 story

African National Congress (ANC) founded

On this date in 1912, The African National Congress was founded in South Africa with the aid of W.E.B.DuBois.

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Thu, 01.15.1818 story

Elizabeth Keckley, Mary Todd’s maid born

On this date we remember the birth of Elizabeth Keckley in 1818. She was a Black domestic, author, and abolitionist.

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Mon, 01.12.1920 story

James Farmer Jr., educator & C.O.R.E. founder

James Farmer, African American educator, administrator, activist was born on this date in 1920. He was also the founder of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).

He was raised in an environment that valued education and religious faith. James Farmer was an outstanding student. After skipping several grades in elementary school, he entered Wiley College in Marshall, TX, at the age of 14, graduated in 1938, and then graduated from Howard University’s School of Religion in 1941.

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