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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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Sat, 04.03.2021

Lee Roy Young, Sherrif 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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Sat, 10.31.2020

Jean-Bertrand Aristide born

*Jean-Bertrand Aristide was born on this date in 1953.  He is a former Black priest and politician.  Jean-Bertrand Aristide was born into poverty in Port-Salut, Sud, Haiti.  His father died three months after he was born, and he later moved to Port-au-Prince with his mother. At age five, Aristide started school with priests of the Salesian […]

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Sun, 05.16.1210

Sundiata Keita, King of the Mali Empire

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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Fri, 06.06.1310

Queen Philippa of Hainaut born

*Philippa of Hainault was born on this date in 1310.  She was the first Black Queen of England. Philippa was of Black 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 […]

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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 both in […]

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Sun, 05.29.1487

Juan Garrido, Black Explorer 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 brief 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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Wed, 06.22.1510

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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Mon, 04.10.1606

Anthony Johnson, Indentured Servitude Owner born

*The birth of Anthony Johnson is celebrated on this date in 1606. He was an African slave and farmer and one of the first Black property owners in colonial America. He was a tobacco farmer in Maryland and had his right to legally own a slave recognized by the Virginia courts. There is no information […]

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Fri, 02.21.1625

The Dahomey Amazons, a brief story

*The Dahomey Amazons are celebrated on this date in 1625.  Also called Mino, or Minon, “our mothers”, they were a Fon all-female military regiment of the Kingdom of Dahomey. They were so named by Western observers and historians due to their similarity to the mythical Amazons of ancient Anatolia and the Black Sea. King Houegbadja the third King […]

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Sun, 02.10.1630

Gamga Zumba born

*The birth of Ganga Zumba is celebrated on this date in c 1630.  He was the first leader of the vast escaped Afro Brazilian slave settlement of Quilombo dos Palmares, or Angola Janga, in the present-day state of Alagoas, Brazil.  Ganga Zumba is said to have been the son of princess Aqualtune, daughter of an […]

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Mon, 03.08.1655

Johnson v. Parker is Decided

*On this date in 1655, Johnson v. Parker was decided. This case involved the designation of indentured servitude and slavery. The Northampton County Court ruled in favor of Anthony Johnson, whose slave, John Casor, ran away and claimed to be an indentured servant. The court charged Johnson’s neighbor, Robert Parker, with having “most unjustly kept” […]

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Sat, 09.20.1664

Anti-Amalgamation Law passed

*On this date in 1664, Maryland passed the first Anti amalgamation law. This law was intended to prevent marriages between Black men and English women.

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The night was made for rest and sleep, For winds that softly sigh; It was not made for grief and tears; So why then do I cry? The wind that blows through leafy... INTERIM by Clarissa Scott Delany.
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