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Tue, 07.07.2020

Freedom Summer, a brief story

*Freedom Summer is briefly described on this date in 1964.  Sometimes called the Mississippi Summer Project, it was a volunteer campaign in the United States launched to attempt to register as many Black voters as possible in Mississippi. Blacks had been cut off from voting since the turn of the century due to barriers to […]

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Sun, 28.06.2020

Dave Dennis, Activist born

*Dave Dennis was born on this date in 1940.  He is a Black civil rights activist, author and educator.  David J. Dennis was born on a plantation of a sharecropper in Omega, Louisiana into a life of Jim Crow segregation.  He is the son of Thomas Dennis and Tizzie Perry Dennis Shepperd.  His family grew up in the […]

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Thu, 25.06.2020

D. J. Jordan, Educator born

*D. J. Jordan was born on this date in 1866. He was a Black lawyer, author, politician, educator, historian and activist.    Dock Jackson Jordan was born in Cuthbert, Georgia to Giles and Julia Jordan. Giles Dolphus Jordan was born a slave in 1840 in South Carolina and died in 1898 in Early County, Georgia. […]

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Thu, 18.06.2020

The Detroit Anti-Slavery Society formed

*On this date in 1837, the Detroit Anti-Slavery Society was formed.  Prior to the American Civil War, activists in northern cities formed anti-slavery organizations to promote the abolitionist cause. Detroit’s Anti-Slavery Society was founded the same year Michigan became a state. The new state constitution included a ban on slavery. Abolitionists organized to fight the […]

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Thu, 18.06.2020

Shubael Conant born

*Shubael Conant was born on this date in 1783.  He was a white-American merchant, silversmith, businessman and abolitionist.  Born in Mansfield, Connecticut, Shubael Conant, he was the son of Eleazar Conant and Eunice Storrs.  He was apprenticed to the business of watchmaking, at North Hampton, and became thoroughly familiar with that trade. When twenty-six years […]

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Thu, 18.06.2020

William Lambert, Abolitionist born

*The birth of William Lambert is celebrated on this date in 1817.  He was a Black abolitionist and businessman.   William Lambert was born free in Trenton, New Jersey.  At least one of his parents was free at the time of his birth.  Crucial to his later success, Lambert was taken under the wing of […]

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Tue, 16.06.2020

James Lawson Jr. born

*James Lawson, Jr. was born on this date in 1928.  He is a Black activist and university professor.   James Morris Lawson, Jr. was born to Philane May Cover and James Morris Lawson, Sr. in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. He was the sixth out of nine children. He grew up in Massillon, Ohio. Both Lawson’s father and grandfather were Methodist ministers. […]

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Tue, 16.06.2020

Myles Horton born

*Myles Horton was born on this date in 1905.  He was a white-American educator, socialist, and administrator.  Myles Falls Horton was born in 1905 in Savannah, Tennessee to a poor family. He had two brothers, Daniel and Demas, and one sister, Elsie Pearl. He grew up near Savannah, his parents were Elsie Falls Horton and Perry Horton; they were former schoolteachers […]

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Tue, 16.06.2020

Bernard Lafayette born

*Bernard Lafayette was born on this date in 1940.  He is a Black activist and organizer.   Bernard Lafayette Jr. was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. His parents were Bernard Lafayette, Sr., and Verdell Lafayette.  He was the eldest of eight children of a poor family, so Bernard started working odd jobs to gain […]

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Sun, 14.06.2020

Isaiah Montgomery born

*Isaiah Montgomery was born on this date in 1847.  He was a Black politician, administrator and civil right activist.  Born into slavery, he was the son of Ben Montgomery, a slave whose owner, Joseph Davis, promoted him to overseer. The younger Montgomery learned to read and write due to his father’s influential position on the Davis Bend plantation. Davis wanted to […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

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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