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Thu, 04.15.2021

Willie S. Glanton, Politician born

*Willie S. Glanton was born on this date in 1922. She was a Black lawyer and politician. Willie Stevenson was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the daughter of Ervin S. Stevenson and Willie Ever Parker. She was a graduate of Tennessee State University and Robert Terrell Law School in Washington, D.C., she was admitted to the Iowa […]

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Sat, 05.08.2021

Benjamin Crump, Attorney born

*Benjamin Crump was born on this date in 1969. He is a Black lawyer who specializes in civil rights and catastrophic personal injury cases such as wrongful death lawsuits. Benjamin Lloyd Crump was born in Lumberton, North Carolina, near Fort Bragg. The oldest of nine siblings and stepsiblings, Crump grew up in an extended family […]

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Wed, 07.20.2022

William A. White, Canadian Minister and Soldier born

*William A. White II was born on this date in 1874. He was a Black Nova Scotian minister and soldier. William Andrew White II was born to formerly enslaved people in King and Queen County, Virginia. He moved to the city of Baltimore, Maryland, where he lived with his brother and attended Wayland Seminary in […]

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Wed, 08.11.2021

Wilhelmina Wright, Judge born

*Wilhelmina Wright was born on this date in 1964. She is a Black lawyer, professor, and Judge. Wilhelmina Marie Wright was born in Norfolk, Virginia. She went on to study literature at Yale University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree and graduating cum laude in 1986. Wright received her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1989. […]

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Sat, 04.03.2021

Lee Roy Young, Law Enforcement Officer born

*The birth of Lee Roy Young is celebrated on this date in 1947.  He was a Black law enforcement officer, Texas Ranger.   Lee Roy Young was born in Del Rio, TX.  After graduating from high school, he served four years in the United States Navy from 1966 to 1970.  After he was discharged from […]

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Fri, 06.27.1000

Cyril of Alexandria, Emperor born

*The birth of Cyril of Alexandria is celebrated on this date in c. 376. He was a Black North African leader. Little is known for sure about Cyril’s early life. He was born in Didouseya, Egypt, modern-day El-Mahalla El-Kubra. A few years after his birth, his maternal uncle Theophilus rose to the powerful position of […]

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Sun, 05.16.1210

Sundiata Keita, Mali Empire King born

This date celebrates the birth of an African King Sundiata Keita, also known as Mari Diata, in approximately 1210.

Keita was the founder and ruler of the Mali Empire in West Africa. Keita was the son of Nare Maghan, the ruler of Kangaba, a small state located on an offshoot of the upper Niger River. Sundiata left Kangaba, but the reason is unknown: he may have gone into voluntary exile to avoid a jealous half brother, or he may have been exiled by Sumanguru Kante, king of the Soso, who killed Keita’s father and took over his kingdom.

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Mon, 09.30.1280

Mansa Musa, Mali Emperor born

*The birth of Mansa Musa is celebrated on this date in c. 1280. He was a Black African Mansa (emperor), and administrator. Mansa Musa was the ninth Mansa of the Mali Empire, an Islamic West African state. Mansa Musa’s name was Musa, the Mande word for “ruler” or “king”. Musa is known as Kanku Musa. In Mande tradition, […]

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Tue, 06.24.1310

Queen Philippa of Hainaut is born

*Philippa of Hainault was born on this date in 1310.  She was the first African Queen of England. Philippa was of Moorish ancestry, born in Valenciennes in the County of Hainaut in the Low Countries of northern France.  Her parents were William I, Count of Hainaut, and Joan of Valois, Countess of Hainaut, granddaughter of Philip III […]

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Tue, 04.25.1448

Robben Island, South African Prison, a story

*Robben Island is affirmed on this date in 1448. Robben Island is a roughly oval landmass in Table Bay, 4.3 mi west of the coast of Bloubergstrand, north of Cape Town, South Africa. It is former maximum-security prison used by Dutch and British colonizers during the apartheid regime. It takes its name from the Dutch […]

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Sun, 08.31.1451

Christopher Columbus, Explorer born

*The birth of Christopher Columbus is estimated to be on this date in 1451.  He was a white-Italian explorer, navigator, and slave trader of African and indigenous people.  He was from the territory of the Republic of Genoa (now part of modern Italy).  His father was Domenico Colombo, a wool weaver who worked in Genoa […]

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Tue, 05.18.1475

Vasco de Balboa, Explorer, and Slave Trader born

*The birth of Vasco Balboa is celebrated on this date in c. 1475. He was a Spanish explorer, slave trader, governor, and conquistador. Vasco Núñez de Balboa was born in Jerez de los Caballeros, Spain. He was a descendant of the Lord mason of the Balboa castle, on León and Galicia’s borders. His mother was […]

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Sun, 05.29.1487

Juan Garrido, Conquistador, and Slave Owner born.

*The birth of Juan Garrido in 1487 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black African Spanish conquistador.

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Sun, 09.04.1487

The Zulu Community, a story

*This date celebrates the Zulu nation. The Zulu are the largest ethnic group in South Africa, with a population of approximately 8 million.

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Fri, 07.22.1510

Alessandro de Medici, Ruler born

The birth of Alessandro de Medici in 1510 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black Italian ruler during the 16th century.

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When you lie again in the street of forgetfulness smashed beyond recognition courting the dark avenue, when you wake to the alien walls that do not touch your... TO A WOMAN POET THAT I KNOW by Pinkie Gordon Lane.
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