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Thu, 26.03.2020

William H. Baldwin Jr. born

William Henry Baldwin Jr. was born on this date in 1863. He was a white-American corporate executive and philanthropist    He was the son of William Henry Baldwin, a dry goods merchant, and Mary Chaffee. A direct descendant of an English settler who had arrived in Massachusetts before 1640, Baldwin grew up in a family noted for […]

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Thu, 26.03.2020

Matilda McCrear born

*The birth of Matilda McCrear in c1857 is celebrated on this date.  She was an African (Yoruba) woman who was enslaved and transported to America.   Matilda McCrear was captured by slave traders in West Africa when she was just two years old and taken to the USA on the Clotilda, the last ship to transport enslaved Africans to […]

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Tue, 24.03.2020

Jean Augustine born

*On this date in 1937, Jean Augustine was born.  She is a Black Canadian educational administrator, advocate for social justice, and politician. Jean Augustine was born in 1937 in Grenada but immigrated to Canada in 1960 under the West Indian Domestic Scheme.  She studied at the University of Toronto where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Education. After university she worked as an […]

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Tue, 24.03.2020

Harry V. Burns activist born

*Harry Burns was born on this date in 1922.  He was an African American civil rights leader.   From San Antonio, Texas, Harry Victory Burns was named by his mother for Victory Day. Burns served during WW 2 in the U.S. Army.  After discharge during the 1940’s and 1950’s, Burns was the president of the San Antonio NAACP Branch. During the […]

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Tue, 24.03.2020

Bob Moses, activist and educator born

*On this date in 1935, Bob Moses was born.  He is an African American educator and civil rights activist.  Robert Parris Moses grew up in Harlem, New York and graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1952.   He received his B.A. from Hamilton College in 1956. He earned an M.A. in philosophy at Harvard; in 1958 he began teaching at the Horace Mann School in the Bronx of New York City.  Moses began […]

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Tue, 24.03.2020

Council of Federated Organizations formed

*The Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) was formed on this date in 1962.  They were a coalition of the major Civil Rights Movement organizations operating in Mississippi.  The COFO was the effort of local activists and indigenous leadership.  The prelude to the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi began after World War II when veterans such as Medgar Evers, his brother Charles Evers, Aaron Henry, and Amzie Moore returned home […]

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Tue, 24.03.2020

Amzie Moore, Delta activist born

*On this date in 1911, Amzie Moore was born.  He was an African American civil rights leader and entrepreneur in the Mississippi Delta.   Moore was born on the Wilkin plantation near the Grenada and Carroll county lines.  Left on his own at fourteen after his mother died in 1925, Moore completed high school but could not realize his dream of a college education. Through the rest of his […]

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Sun, 22.03.2020

Benkos Biohó, Columbian Abolitionist born

*This date affirms Columbia’s independence from Spain and slavery. This article celebrates the birth of Benkos Biohó one of the country’s greatest abolitionist. Also known as Domingo Biohó, he was born in late 16th century into a royal African family of the Bissagos Islands off the coast of Guinea-Bissau, west Africa.  He was kidnapped by the Portuguese slave trader, […]

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Sat, 21.03.2020

James Reeb, minister and activist born

*On this date in 1927, James Reeb was born.  He was a white-American minister, pastor, and activist.   James Reeb was born in Wichita, Kansas, to Mae (Fox) and Harry Reeb.  He was raised in Kansas and Casper, Wyoming.  He attended Natrona County High School and graduated in 1945, after which he joined the Army despite the fact that his commitment to the ministry made him exempt from service. […]

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Sat, 21.03.2020

Leonard Jeffries Jr. Pan-Africanist born

*On this date in 1937, Leonard Jeffries Jr. was born.  He is an African American educator and Pan African advocate.   He was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. Jeffries attended Lafayette College for his undergraduate work. While in Lafayette, Jeffries pledged, and was accepted into, Pi Lambda Phi, a fraternity with a large number of Jewish members.  In his senior year, Jeffries […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

*A good man is hard to find; you always get the other kind. Just when you think that he is your pal You look for him fooling ‘round some other gal. Then... A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND by Alberta Hunter.
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