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Sat, 01.20.2018

Kerrie Holley born

*Kerrie Lamont Holley was born on this date in 1954.  He is an African American software architect, author, researcher and Inventor. Holley was raised by his maternal grandmother on Chicago’s south side. While never having met his father.  Holley became a student at the Sue Duncan Children’s Center in 1961 where he was tutored in math and science.  […]

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Wed, 02.24.1492

“Soul Food” a brief history

*This dates Registry from 1492, offers a brief article on the origins of Soul food.

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Sat, 05.06.1600

African Americans contribute much to the field of Science

On this date, the Registry looks at the African American contributions to science and chemistry in history.

Understanding the properties of substances or matter and how to make practical use of them is the essence of chemistry, whether the study takes place in a formal laboratory or not. The effectiveness of folk medicines used for centuries by traditional Africans and African American practitioners throughout the world is recognized today.

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Fri, 11.09.1731

Benjamin Banneker, Astronomer and Mathematician born

Benjamin Banneker was born on this date in 1731. He was a self-taught, Black astronomer and mathematician.

Banneker and his sisters were born free and grew up on a self-sufficient, 100-acre tobacco farm in Ellicott, MD. Growing up, he spent much of his free time devising and solving mathematical puzzles. It was not until after his retirement from farming at the age of 59 that Banneker began to study astronomy through borrowed books, becoming a man of science and mathematics through unassisted experimentation and close observation of natural phenomena.

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Sun, 05.02.1762

James Durnham, a pioneering physician and skilled healer

On this date we remember the birth of James Durham in 1762. He was the first recognized Black physician in the United States.

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Sat, 11.23.1805

Mary Seacole saved many lives

*The birth of Mary Grant Seacole in 1805 is celebrated on this date. She was a Jamaican nurse and abolitionist.

Mary Jane Grant was born in Kingston, Jamaica; her father was a Scottish soldier, and her mother a Jamaican. Mary learned her nursing skills from her mother, who kept a boarding house for invalid soldiers. Although technically ‘free’, being of mixed race, Mary and her family had few civil rights – they could not vote, hold public office or enter the professions.

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Mon, 03.17.1806

Engineer and inventor Norbert Rillieux born

*This date marks the birth of Norbert Rillieux in 1806. He was an African American inventor and engineer whose patented inventions revolutionized the sugar refining industry.

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Thu, 03.11.1813

Lord Beaconsfield Landry, doctor and activist

*Lord Beaconsfield Landry was born on this date in 1878. He was an African American physician, civic leader and vocal soloist.

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Sun, 04.18.1813

Intelligence personified, James McCune Smith

On this date in 1813, James McCune Smith was born. He was an African American physician and abolitionist.

From New York City, he received his early education at the African Free School. Though his academic credentials were exceptional, Smith was effectively barred from American Colleges because he was Black. Thus, Smith entered Glasgow University in Scotland in 1832 and earned three academic degrees, including a doctorate in medicine. He also gained a reputation in the Scottish anti-slavery movement as an officer of the Glasgow Emancipation Society.

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Tue, 03.08.1825

Alexander Augusta, a pioneering doctor

*Alexander Thomas Augusta was born on this date in 1825. He was a Black physician and educator.

From Norfolk, Virginia, as a young man he first made his way to Baltimore, Maryland, where he worked as a barber. He began his study of medicine with private tutors and next applied for admission to the University of Pennsylvania. Though access was denied, a Professor William Gibson was impressed with Augusta and brought him under his guidance.

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Tue, 04.10.1827

Eliza Bryant pioneered Black nursing homes

The birth of Eliza Bryant in 1827 is celebrated on this date. She was a Black abolitionist and businesswoman.

She grew up on a plantation in Wayne County North Carolina her parents were Polly Simmons, a slave, and her master. In 1848 her mother was freed and her family moved north, purchasing a home in Cleveland, Ohio with funds from her master. Young Bryant’s education is unknown but she was a pioneer in the movement to welcome and assist Blacks to the Cleveland area, particularly those moving from the southern states through the Great Migration after emancipation.

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Tue, 02.08.1831

Rebecca Lee Crumpler born

*Rebecca Lee Crumpler was born on this date in 1831. She was a Black physician and author.

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Fri, 06.08.1832

On the brink of extinction, the Black hospital

On this date we celebrate Black Hospitals. Black hospitals have existed in three broad types: segregated, black-controlled, and demographically determined.

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Mon, 12.24.1832

The Georgia Infirmary opens

*The Georgia Infirmary was chartered on Christmas Eve, 1832.

Located in Savannah, GA this was the first hospital established for blacksin America. A few weeks later, on Jan. 15, 1833, Richard F. Williams, president, presided over the hospital’s first organization meeting. The hospital was established for the “relief and protection of aged and afflicted Negroes.”

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Sun, 12.15.1833

William A. Hinton, first Black to publish a textbook

On this date in 1883, William Augustus Hinton was born. He was an African American doctor, professor, and the first Black to publish an academic textbook.

Hinton was from Chicago. He attended the University of Kansas from 1900 to 1902 and then transferred to Harvard University. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1912 and taught bacteriology and immunology there from 1921 to 1946. During this time (1936), he wrote and published “Syphilis and Its Treatment.” He was promoted to clinical professor in 1949, the first Black man to hold such a position.

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I want me a home Man do you hear me I want me a home you understand. You done stood and let that cracker take my home Now I ... BLACK WOMAN THROWS A TANTRUM by Nayo Barbara Malcolm Watkins.
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