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Sun, 24.01.2021

Douglass H. S., OKC opens

*Frederick A. Douglass High School is celebrated on this date in 1891.  It was a public high school in the city of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and began as a segregated school. The Frederick A. Douglass School, initially called the Colored School opened in Oklahoma City in 1898 between Robinson and Harvey Avenues on California Street. […]

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Sun, 24.01.2021

Thelma D. Brown, Playwright born

*Thelma Duncan Brown was born on this date in 1902.  She was a Black writer, teacher and stage producer.   The St. Louis, Missouri-born writer received her college education at Howard University, Washington, DC and Columbia University, New York. At Howard, during the 1920s, she discovered her talents as a writer, under the tutelage of […]

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Sun, 24.01.2021

Zelia N. Breaux, Music Educator born

*Zelia N. Breaux was born on this date in 1880.  She was a Black music instructor and musician who played the trumpet, violin and piano.  Born Zelia N. Page in Jefferson City, Missouri, Inman Edward and Zelia Ball Page. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the Lincoln Institute, where her father was serving […]

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Sun, 24.01.2021

Zelia Ball Page, Educator born

*Zelia Ball Page was born on this date in 1850.  She was a Black teacher.   Zelia R. Ball was born in Alexandria, Virginia to a freedmen Black woman who raised her in Washington, D. C. Her mother worked with the Underground Railroad and fearing for her daughter’s safety, she made an arrangement with Dr. […]

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Tue, 19.01.2021

Jean Childs Young born

*Jean Childs Young was born on this date in 1933.  She was a Black educator activist for racial justice and equitable education.   Jean Childs was born in Marion, Alabama. Her father, Norman Lorenzo Childs, worked at a family-owned grocery store and bakery in Marion, sometimes traveling around Alabama to sell the store’s homemade peanut brittle […]

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Sun, 17.01.2021

L. Viola Kinney born

*The birth of L. Viola Kinney is celebrated on this date c.1890.  She was a Black composer, pianist, and teacher active during the first half of the twentieth century.   Born Lady Viola Kinney in Sedalia, Missouri, she was one of the five children of Patrick and Lillian Kinney. Her father was a cook and […]

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Sun, 17.01.2021

Clarina Nichols, Abolitionist born

*Clarina Nichols was born on this date in 1810.  She was a white-American journalist, lobbyist and public speaker involved in temperance, abolition, and the women’s movement. Born in West Townshend, Vermont, into a prosperous New England family, Clarina Irene Howard fell on hard times after a disastrous early marriage. Supporting herself and her children on […]

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Sat, 16.01.2021

Arkansas Baptist College founded

*The founding of Arkansas Baptist College (ABC) is celebrated on this date in 1884.  Arkansas Baptist College is a private, historically Black liberal arts college  (HBCU) in Little Rock, Arkansas. Founded as the Minister’s Institute, ABC was initially funded by the Colored Baptists of the State of Arkansas. It is the only historically Black Baptist […]

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Sat, 16.01.2021

Western University (Kansas) founded

*The founding of Western University (Kansas) is celebrated on this date in 1865.  This was a historically black college (HBCU) established as the Quindaro Freedman’s School.   Located in Quindaro, Kansas, it was the earliest school for Blacks west of the Mississippi River and the only one in the state of Kansas.  The town had been […]

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Fri, 15.01.2021

Medgar Edgar College opens

*On this date in 1970, Medgar Evers College (MEC) was established.  MEC has the distinction of being the youngest of the four-year senior colleges in The City University of New York system. In the early 1960’s, the Central Brooklyn community recognized the need for a local public college. Through various community organizations including, but not […]

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i can tell you about them i have shaken rivers out of my eyes i have waded eyelash deep have crossed rivers have shaken the water weed out of... HOW I GOT OVAH by Carolyn Rodgers.
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