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Fri, 03.09.2018

Poet Lenard D. Moore born

*Lenard D. Moore was born on this date in 1958.  He is an African American writer, educator and poet.  From Jacksonville, North Carolina, Lenard Duane Moore has written more than 20 forms of poetry, drama, essays, and literary criticism, and has been writing and publishing haiku for more than two decades.  In 2008, Moore became the first […]

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Sat, 11.01.1541

Negro (the word) a history

The word Negro is discussed on this dates Registry. This brief article and its references is written to add to the history of this word.

Negro means “black” in both Spanish and Portuguese languages, being derived from the Latin word niger of the same meaning. The term “negro”, literally the Spanish and Portuguese to refer to Black Africans and people with that heritage used “black.” From the 18th century to the mid-20th century, “negro” (later capitalized) was considered the correct and proper term for African Americans. It fell out of favor by the 1970s in the United States.

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Sat, 10.17.1711

Jupiter Hammon, a poetic pioneer

Jupiter Hammonm a Black poet and the first published black writer in America, was born on this date in 1711.

Hammon served several generations of the Lloyd family on Long Island, New York. He had been a slave his entire life, allowed to attend school, and his formal education influenced his development as a poet. Like his masters, Hammon was a devout Christian, and was influenced by the religious revivals taking place in 18th century New England.

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Thu, 06.30.1729

Ignatius Sancho, an early Black composer and writer

The birth of Ignatius Sancho, a Black writer, in 1729 is celebrated on this date.

He was born on a slave ship crossing the Atlantic Ocean from the West African nation of Guinea. After the ship reached the Caribbean port of Cartagena, in what is now Colombia, his mother died and his father committed suicide.

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Mon, 10.23.1730

Lucy Terry Prince, poet, abolitionist, orator born

The birth of Lucy Terry, Black abolitionist, poet, and skilled orator, in 1730 is celebrated on this date. Although she was not a lawyer, she argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court and won.

Terry was born in Africa, enslaved and stolen from there as an infant, and sold to Ebenezer Wells of Deerfield, MA. She was baptized at 19 in June 1735, during the Great Awakening, and at the age of 20, she was “admitted to the fellowship of the church.” In 1756, Terry married Abijah Prince, a prosperous free black man who purchased her freedom.

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Fri, 03.12.1745

Olaudah Equiano, slave and author

*On this date in 1745, we remember the birth of Olaudah Equiano, an African slave, and author.

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Tue, 05.08.1753

Phillis Wheatley, Poet born

*Phillis Wheatley was born on this date 1753. She was a Black slave and writer.

Born in Senegambia, Africa she was sold into slavery at the age of 7 and transported to North America. The Wheatley family of Boston, who taught her to read and write, and encouraged her poetry when they saw her talent, purchased her. Her publication of her Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (1773) brought her fame both in England and the American colonies; figures such as George Washington praised her work.

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Sun, 08.01.1779

Francis Scott Key, born

*Francis Scott Key was born on this date in 1779.  He was a white-American slave owner, lawyer, author, and poet.   He is most noted for writing the lyrics for a poem which eventually became the United States’ national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”.  The third verse of his poem had not been included in public singing of America’s national anthem.   Key was born to Ann Phoebe Penn Dagworthy […]

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Fri, 02.15.1793

Austin Steward, from servitude to authorship

*The birth of Austin Steward in 1793 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black slave, businessman, administrator and biographer of his life as a slave in America.

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Sat, 03.25.1797

THE original American poet, George Moses Horton

*The birth of George Moses Horton in 1797 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black poet, and publisher.

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Wed, 02.06.1799

Alexander Pushkin, Black Russian poet and novelist

*The birth of Alexander Pushkin in 1799 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black Russian poet and the great-grandson of Abraham Hannibal, an African general and friend of Peter the Great.

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Sat, 07.24.1802

Alexandre Dumas, writer extraordinaire

Alexandre Dumas was born on this date in 1802. He was a Black French man who was one of the more prolific writers in the 19th century theater world.

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Wed, 02.20.1805

Angelina Emily Grimké born

*Angelina Emily Grimké was born on this date in 1805.  She was a white-American political activist, women’s rights advocate, and supporter of the women’s suffrage movement. She and her sister Sarah Moore Grimké became abolitionists.  While raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Angelina and her sister spent their entire adult lives in the North.  Between 1835, Angelina Grimke greatest fame worked with William Lloyd Garrison who published a letter of […]

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Mon, 07.29.1805

Alexis de Tocqueville wrote about American slavery

Alexis de Tocqueville was born this date in 1805. He was a White French journalist and abolitionist writer.

He was born in Paris to Herve-Bonaventure Clerel de Tocqueville and Louise Le Peletier de Rosanbo. His older brothers were named Hippolyte and Edouard. Tocqueville came from an aristocratic background. He had a private tutor, the abbe Lesueur, until high school, and then attended high school and college in Metz. He studied law in Paris and worked as a substitute judge in Versailles before coming to America in 1831, when he was 25 years old.

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Fri, 07.10.1807

Solomon Northup born

*Solomon Northup was born on this date in 1807. He was a Black musician, abolitionist and author. His father Mintus was a freedman who had been a slave in his early life in service to the Northup family. Born in Rhode Island, he was taken with the Northup’s when they moved to Hoosick, New York, […]

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In a house of empty rooms, I thought I heard a door close down the long hall. I couldn’t know whether someone had entered, whether someone had left. No further step,... A CLOSING by May Miller
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