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Thu, 09.03.1846 story

The American Missionary Association is Founded

*On this date in 1846 the American Missionary Association (AMA) was founded. The AMA trained and educated slaves, it was the first such organization to teach southern slaves in a creditable and organized manner.

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Mon, 08.25.1817 story

Alfred Russell, Politician, and Missionary born

The birth of Alfred Francis Russell in 1817 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black missionary, businessman, and politician.

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Mon, 04.01.1619 story

The American Black Bourgeoisie, a story

*The American Black Bourgeoisie is affirmed on this date in 1619.  They are America’s Black upper class based on financial income.  The Black Bourgeoisie consists of engineers, lawyers, accountants, doctors, politicians, business executives, venture capitalists, CEOs, celebrities, entertainers, entrepreneurs, and heirs who have annual incomes amounting to $200,000 or more.  This social class, sometimes referred […]

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Sun, 09.28.1828 story

George L. White, Missionary, and Choral Conductor born

*George L. White was born on this date in 1838. He was a white-American soldier, missionary, and choral administrator. Born in Cadiz, New York George Leonard White was the son of a blacksmith who played in a local band. He attended public school until age fourteen and moved to Ohio when he was twenty. Although […]

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Tue, 01.09.1866 story

Fisk University Begins Classes

Fisk University in Nashville, TN, was founded on this date in 1866.

American prohibitionist Clinton Bowen Fisk, the American Missionary Association of New York, and the Western Freedman’s Aid Commission of Cincinnati established the school as the Fisk School for Freedmen.

Fisk awards bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a wide range of fields. A joint degree in engineering is offered in cooperation with other universities, including Vanderbilt, Florida A&M, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

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Wed, 02.01.1837 story

Francis Cardozo, Politician, and Minister born

*This date marks the birth of Francis Louis Cardozo in 1837.

He was a Black minister, educator, and politician; the first African American South Carolinian to hold a government office. Cardozo was born free in Charleston, South Carolina to a prominent Jewish businessman and economist, Isaac N. Cardozo, and a free African American woman, whose name is unknown.

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Tue, 02.04.1851 story

Ella Sheppard, Jubilee Singer born

*Ella Sheppard was born on this date in 1851. She was a Black musician, vocalist, and educator.

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Sun, 05.26.1867 story

The First Congregational Church, Atlanta Founded

*On this date in 1867, the First Congregational Church, Atlanta held it first service.  The First Congregational Church of Atlanta came into existence as a “gathered church”.  At first, The American Missionary Association established the Storrs School in Atlanta. The school served as a center for social services, education, and worship for newly freed Blacks. […]

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Thu, 02.14.1760 story

Richard Allen, Bishop, and AME Leader born

*On this date in 1760, Richard Allen was born in Philadelphia. He was a Black religious leader, founder and first bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.

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Thu, 04.13.1854 story

Lucy Laney, Educator born

On this date in 1854, Lucy Laney was born. She was a Black educator and pioneer in secondary education.

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