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Thu, 03.13.1186

Central Tennessee College is Founded

*On this date in 1865, we celebrate Central Tennessee College.  This was a historically black college (HBCU) in Nashville, Tennessee, founded by missionaries on behalf of the Methodist Church to serve freedmen.   In 1876, the Medical Department of Central Tennessee College was founded as the first medical school in the South for Blacks.  In 1900, […]

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Sat, 02.19.1498

Mahmoud al-Kati, Writer born

*On this date in c 1498, Mahmoud al-Kati was born.  He was a Black African historian and Soninke writer. Mahmoud al-Kati was born in Timbuktu, Mali.  Al-Kati was a member of the Soninke tribe who learned to read and write Arabic, the language of West African scholars in his time. Travel to Mecca.  As a […]

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Sat, 08.26.1600

The Gullah Language of African America, a story

This date celebrates Gullah, an African American language, mainly spoken along the Southeastern coast of the United States, especially on the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina.

The word is also used for people who speak the language. Ancestors of people who were brought from West Africa to the West Indies and to America as slaves speak Gullah today. The language merges elements from a number of West African languages with elements from English.

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Sat, 12.23.1600

African American, (the term); an article

*The term African American is celebrated on this dates Registry.

In August of 2005, an Ethiopian-born activist named Abdulaziz Kamus seemed to melt into the crowd; a sea of black professors, health experts and community leaders considering how to educate blacks about the dangers of prostate cancer. But when he piped up to suggest focusing some attention on African immigrants, the dividing lines were quickly and pointedly drawn.

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Tue, 04.17.1703

Anton Amo, Philosopher born

*The birth of Anton Amo is celebrated on this date in c. 1703. He was a Black African professor and philosopher.  Anton Wilhelm Amo was a Nzema (an Akan people). He was born in Axim in the Western region of present-day Ghana, but at about four, he was taken to Amsterdam by the Dutch West India Company. He was […]

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Fri, 02.05.1723

John Witherspoon, Slave Owner, and Minister born

*John Witherspoon was born on this date in 1723.  He was a white-Scottish American slave owner, a presbyterian minister, and a Founding Father of the United States. John Witherspoon was born in Beith, North Ayrshire, Scotland, as the eldest child of the Reverend James Alexander Witherspoon and Anne Walker, a descendant of John Welsh of […]

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Tue, 11.29.1735

Francis Barber, Businessman, and Educator born

The birth of Francis Barber in 1735 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black slave who became a businessmen and educator.

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Tue, 05.08.1753

Don Miguel Hidalgo, Revolutionary Leader born

*Don Miguel Hidalgo was born on this date in 1753. He was a Criollo Catholic priest, educator, and revolutionary military leader. Commonly known as Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla or Miguel Hidalgo, he was the second-born child of Don Cristóbal Hidalgo y Costilla Espinoza de los Monteros and Doña Ana María Gallaga Mandarte Villaseñor, both criollos. On […]

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Sun, 02.29.1756

Primus Hall, Soldier, and School Master born

*Primus Hall was born on this date in 1756. He was a soldier and schoolmaster. He was born into slavery in Boston to Prince and Delia Hall, a domestic servant and an enslaved man owned by William Hall until his freedom in 1770. His father, Prince Hall, was an abolitionist, Revolutionary War soldier, and founder of […]

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Tue, 10.18.1763

John Chavis, Teacher, and Abolitionist born

John Chavis, a Black educator was born on this date in 1763. He was born in North Carolina to a legally free family, which allowed him to pursue an education.

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Fri, 11.02.1787

The African Free School (New York City) Opens

On this date in 1796, the first school for Blacks in America opened.

The African Free School was begun in New York City by the Manumission Society. The African Free School commenced as a one-room school and the first permanent build was erected in later that year. After a fire destroyed the building, African School No. 2 opened in 1815, with room for 500 pupils.

By 1834, there were seven African Free Schools and they were eventually incorporated into the public school system.

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Sun, 05.03.1789

John B. Meachum, Minister born

*John B. Meachum was born on this date in 1789.  He was a Black minister, businessman, and educator. John Berry Meachum was born into slavery in Goochland County, Virginia. His master took him to North Carolina and then Kentucky. Meachum learned several trades, including carpentry. At 21, he earned enough money from carpentry to purchase […]

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Fri, 09.04.1789

Francis LeMoyne, Abolitionist born

*Francis LeMoyne was born on this date in 1789.  He was a white-American Politician and physician.  Francis Julian LeMoyne was the son of John Julius LeMoyne, a Farmer, and Nancy McCally LeMoyne, an Educator.  Young LeMoyne was educated at Washington College (PA).  He was an abolitionist who served as president of the Washington Anti-Slavery Society […]

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Fri, 10.17.1794

Thomas Dalton, Abolitionist and Education Advocate, born

*Thomas Dalton was born on this date in 1794. He was a free Black abolitionist and education advocate. Thomas Dalton was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts. His father was Thomas Dalton. Thomas Dalton married Patience Young in 1818. She died in 1832. In his second marriage, Dalton married Lucy Lew Francis in 1834. Dalton worked as […]

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Tue, 05.19.1795

Johns Hopkins, Abolitionist, and Philanthropist born

*Johns Hopkins was born on this date in 1795.  He was a white-American 19th-century entrepreneur, investor, abolitionist and philanthropist.  Johns Hopkins was one of eleven children born to Samuel Hopkins (1759–1814) of Crofton, Maryland, and Hannah Janney (1774–1864), of Loudoun County, Virginia. His home was Whitehall, a 500-acre (200-ha) tobacco plantation in Anne Arundel County. His first name was inherited from his grandfather Johns Hopkins, who received his […]

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