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Mon, 29.07.2019

Reggie Forte, an original Black Panther born

*Reggie Forte was born on this date in 1949.  He was an African American civil rights activist and one of the founding members of the Black Panther Party. Forte was born in Birmingham, Alabama to Leavy II and Helen (Demand) Forte, he had two brothers, Sherwin and Leavy III.  At the age of ten, his family relocated to Emeryville, California in 1959 and […]

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Mon, 22.07.2019

George Padmore, Pan-Africanist born

*George Padmore was born on this date in 1903.  He was Afro-Caribbean Pan-Africanist, journalist, and author.   Malcolm Ivan Meredith Nurse, better known by his penname George Padmore, was born in the Arouca District, Tacarigua, Trinidad, of the British West Indies. His paternal great-grandfather was an Asante warrior who was taken prisoner and sold into slavery at Barbados, where his grandfather was born.  His father, James Hubert Alfonso Nurse, […]

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Tue, 25.06.2019

Marsha P. Johnson, LGBT pioneer born

*Marsha P. Johnson was born on this date in 1945.  She was an African American LGBT liberation activist, entertainer and self-identified drag queen.  Johnson was born Malcolm Michaels Jr. in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She had six siblings and her father, Malcolm Michaels Sr., was an assembly line worker at General Motors while her mother, Alberta Claiborne, was a housekeeper. Johnson attended an African Methodist Episcopal […]

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Wed, 05.06.2019

Prince Hall born

*Prince Hall was born (circa) on this date in 1748. He was a preacher, administrator, mason and businessman.   From Bridgetown, Barbados, West Indies Prince Hall was free born black. His father, Thomas Prince Hall, was a white Englishman and his mother a free black French woman. In 1765, at the age of 17, he worked […]

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Tue, 14.05.2019

Black Love, Hollis Watkins

Mississippi Civil Rights pioneer and administrator Hollis Watkins shares some views on what he enjoys about the African American community

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Mon, 29.04.2019

Muhammad Ali stripped of title for religious stand

On this date in 1967, African American boxing champion Muhammad Ali refused to be inducted into the U.S. Army and was immediately stripped of his heavyweight title. Ali, a Muslim, cited religious reasons for his decision to forgo military service. Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., in Louisville, Kentucky, the future three-time world champ changed his name to Muhammad […]

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Wed, 03.04.2019

Katie McWatt born

*Katie McWatt was born on this date in 1931.  She was an African-American Community Activist, Educator and administrator.  From Minneapolis, Minnesota Kathleen Ann Curry was the daughter of an auto mechanic from a farm near Hastings, Minnesota. As a child she was the only African-American girl at her school and was subjected to racial slurs.  In the […]

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Sat, 16.02.2019

Ethel Ray Nance born

*Ethel Ray Nance was born on this date in 1899.  She was an African American writer, activist and administrator.   Ethel Ray was born in Duluth, Minnesota. She was the youngest of four children born to William H. Ray, an African American from North Carolina and a Swedish mother. She was raised in Iowa by a German […]

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Sun, 18.11.2018

Ijeoma Oluo, Information Literacy Ambassador born

*Ijeoma Oluo was born on this date in 1980. She is an African American Writer, Information Literacy Ambassador and poet. From in Denton, Texas, her father, Samuel Lucky Onwuzip Oluo, is from Nigeria and black, and her mother is Susan Jane Hawley from Kansas and is white. Her younger brother is jazz musician Ahamefule J. Oluo.   She was married to Chad R. Jacobson from […]

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Sun, 07.10.2018

Higher Education, Public Policy and Racism, Dr. Duchess Harris

Dr. Duchess Harris, author, professor, lawyer and activist talks about higher educations complicity and politics’ intersectionality with racism

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

This is an African worm but then a worm in any land is still a worm. It will not stride, run, stand up before butterflies, who have passed their worm-like... THIS IS AN AFRICAN WORM by Margaret Danner.
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