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Blog Archive

Sun, 07.01.2024

Hughes Van Ellis, Soldier, and Activist born.

*Hughes Van Ellis was born on this date in 1921. He was a Black Soldier, mechanic, and survivor of one of the most extensive racial holocaust episodes in America.   Van Ellis was born in Holdenville, Okla., and was not yet five months old at the time of the Tulsa Massacre, after which his parents fled Tulsa with […]

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Wed, 20.12.2023

Ruth Ellis, Lesbian Printer and Activist born

*Ruth Ellis was born on this date in 1899. She was a Black lesbian printer, photographer, and LGBT rights activist. Ruth Charlotte Ellis was born in Springfield, Illinois, the youngest of four children and the only daughter. Her parents were from Tennessee. Ellis’ mother, Carrie Farro Ellis, died when she was a teen, while her father, Charles […]

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Sat, 16.12.2023

Jackie Copeland, Administrator, and Women’s and Environmental Activist born.

*Jackie Copeland was born on this date in 1962. She is a Black environmentalist women’s activist, author, administrator, and philanthropist. Jackie “Bouvier” Copeland was born in Philadelphia, the daughter of James and Willette Copeland. She received her B.A. in literature from the School of Arts and Sciences with an African Studies Certification from the School […]

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Sat, 02.12.2023

The International African Friends of Abyssinia is Formed

*On this date in 1935, The International African Friends of Abyssinia (IAFA) was formed. Also known as the International African Friends of Ethiopia, it was established in London, England, to protest Italian aggression against Abyssinia. Its membership comprised many important Pan-African figures, several of whom later formed the International African Service Bureau. C. L. R. […]

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Sat, 02.12.2023

The West African Students’ Union is Formed

*The West African Students’ Union (WASU) was founded on this date in 1925. WASU was an association of students from various West African countries studying in the United Kingdom. WASU was founded in London, England, by twenty-one law students led by Ladipo Solanke and Herbert Bankole-Bright. The previous year, Solanke founded the Nigerian Progress Union […]

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Sat, 02.12.2023

The Comité des Citoyens is Formed

*The Comité des Citoyens is celebrated on this date in 1891. This committee was an equal rights organization comprised of Blacks, whites, and Creoles. In 1890, the State of Louisiana passed the Separate Car Act, which required separate accommodations for Black and white people on railroads, including separate railroad cars. At the suggestion of Aristide Mary, […]

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Sat, 02.12.2023

The Convention People’s Party is Formed

*The Convention People’s Party (C.P.P.) was formed on this date in 1949.  The C.P.P. is a socialist political party in Ghana based on the ideas of Ghana’s first President, Kwame Nkrumah. The Convention People’s Party is descended from a line of political movements formed in the early half of the 20th century to spearhead the anti-colonial […]

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Sat, 25.11.2023

Robert Finley, Abolitionist born.

*The birth of Robert Finley is celebrated on this date in 1772. He was a white-American Presbyterian clergyman, abolitionist, and educator. Finley was born in Princeton, New Jersey, to James Finley and his wife, Ann Angrest. His father immigrated from Scotland to New Jersey in 1769. His paternal grandparents were James Finley from Paisley and Ann […]

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Sat, 11.11.2023

The Black People’s Convention is formed.

*The Black People’s Convention (BPC) was formed on this date in 1972. This group was a national coordinating body for the Black Consciousness movement in South Africa. With the influence of the growing South African Students’ Organization (SASO), Black Consciousness leaders called for forming a new Black Consciousness political organization to engage and mobilize a broader civil society outside […]

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Sat, 11.11.2023

Winnie Kgware, Teacher and Activist born.

*Winnie Kgware was born on this date in 1917. She was a Black African teacher and anti-Apartheid activist.  Winnie Motlalepula was born in Thaba Nchu in the Orange Free State of South Africa. Growing up, she encouraged youth to be active in political structures. Following her call, the youth formed a South African Student Movement branch and […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

A closed window looks down on a dirty courtyard, and black people call across or scream across or walk across defying physics in the stream of their will. Our world... KA ‘BA by Amiri Baraka.
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