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Wed, 01.04.2020

The Red Cap Porter, a brief article

*The Red Cap Porter profession is marked on this date in 1890.  This is a profession associated with post Reconstruction African American heritage.  It was a practice of railroad station porters wearing red-colored caps to distinguish them from blue-capped train personnel with other duties.   The first Red Cap began on Labor Day of 1890 by a Black porter in order […]

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Wed, 01.04.2020

John Standard, Inventor born

*John Standard was born on this date in 1868.  He was a Black inventor.  From Newark, New Jersey, there is not much known about his early life other than that he was born to Mary and Joseph Standard.   Standard’s improvements to kitchen appliances eventually lead to more innovations in both refrigerator and stove designs that would change the […]

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Sun, 29.03.2020

Mechanics Savings Bank opens

*On this date in 1902 we celebrate the founding of Black owned, Mechanics Savings Bank.   This was a depository institution in the Jackson Ward neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia.  John Mitchell, Jr. African American was its founder.  He also owned and edited the Richmond Planet. In 1905 the bank bought a three-story brick building at No. 310 East Broad Street. The bank’s Clay Street and […]

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Sun, 29.03.2020

The Richmond Planet News begins

*The first issue of the Richmond Planet is celebrated on this date in 1882.  This was a Black newspaper in Richmond, Virginia.   The paper was founded by 13 former Richmond slaves.  It was edited first by Edwin Archer Randolph and then by John Mitchell, Jr. from 1884 until his death in 1929.  He was the paper’s junior editor in 1912. The same year the paper covered the […]

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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

Opportunity Magazine is published

*The first issue of Opportunity: A Journal of Negro Life was published in January, 1923.  Opportunity was an academic journal published by the National Urban League (NUL). The journal acted as a sociological forum for the emerging topic of African American studies and was known for fostering the literary culture during the Harlem Renaissance. It was published monthly from 1923 to 1942 and then quarterly […]

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Thu, 19.03.2020

The Anti-Slavery Bugle newspaper is published

 *On this date in 1845, The Anti-Slavery Bugle started publication.  This was an abolitionist newspaper first published in New Lisbon (later renamed Lisbon), Ohio, and moved shortly after five issues to Salem, Ohio. Salem was home to many Quaker families and an active station of the Underground Railroad, providing the paper with more subscribers. James Barnaby was the publisher of the paper and received support from the Anti-Slavery […]

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Mon, 16.03.2020

Mamie E. Spurlock born

*On this date in 1885, Mamie E. Scurlock was born.  She was an African American educator and business manager.   Born Mamie Estelle Fearing was from Washington, D.C.   She taught elementary education in the D.C. District and Baltimore schools before managing her husband’s photographic studio.   She married in Addison N. Scurlock in 1925, beginning a 52-year association with Washington’s preeminent Black photo […]

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Sat, 14.03.2020

The New York Age is published

*On this date in 1887, The New York Age began publication.  This was a Black newspaper produced from 1887 to 1960 and was one of the most influential nonwhite newspapers of its time.   The paper had its origins as the weekly New York Globe another Black newspaper that was published weekly from 1880 to November 8, 1884. Co-founded by editor Timothy Thomas Fortune, it became the New York Freeman from […]

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Thu, 12.03.2020

The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters founded

*The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) was founded on this date in 1925.  This the first labor organization led by Blacks to receive a charter in the American Federation of Labor (AFL). The BSCP gathered a membership of 18,000 passenger railway workers across Canada, Mexico, and the United States.  Beginning after the American Civil War, the job of Pullman porter had become an […]

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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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