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*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, […]learn more
*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 […]learn more
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.learn more
*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.learn more
*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 […]learn more
*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 […]learn more
The birth of Francis Barber in 1735 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black slave who became a businessmen and educator.learn more
*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 […]learn more
*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 […]learn more
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.learn more
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.learn more
*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 […]learn more
*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 […]learn more
*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 […]learn more
*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 […]learn more