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Mon, 17.01.2022

Alberta Williams King, Teacher, and Activist born

*Alberta Williams King was born on this date in 1904. She was a Black educator, instrumentalist, and administrator. Alberta Christine Williams was born in Atlanta, GA. Her parents were Reverend Adam Daniel Williams, preacher of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and Jennie Celeste (Parks) Williams. Williams graduated from high school at the Spelman Seminary and […]

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Sun, 09.01.2022

Jane DeVeaux, Teacher, and Abolitionist born

*The birth of Jane A. DeVeaux is celebrated on this date in 1810. She was a Black mulatto teacher and abolitionist.  From Savanah, GA, she was the daughter of John Benjamin Deveaux (born into slavery) and Catherine Deveaux (a free woman from Antigua). Her father pastored the Third African Baptist Church in Savannah. She and her mother secretly taught […]

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Sun, 09.01.2022

Charles Brown, Teacher born

*Charles Brown was born on this date in 1885. He was a Black teacher and one of the founders of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Charles Ignatius Brown was born in Pittsburgh, PA. Census records show that his father was Rev. John M. Brown, and his mother was Maggie M. Brown. His father also lived […]

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Thu, 06.01.2022

Mathilda Beasley, Educator, and Nun born

*Mathilda Beasley was born on this date in 1832. She was a Black teacher, seamstress, and nun. Mathilda Taylor was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on November 14, 1832. She was baptized as a Catholic in 1869, possibly in preparation for her marriage to Abraham Beasley, a wealthy free Black restaurant owner in Savannah, who […]

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Sun, 02.01.2022

Nellie Quander, Teacher, and Community Activist born

*Nellie Quander was born on this date in 1880. She was a Black teacher and community activist born in Washington, D.C. Nellie May Quander was the daughter of John Pierson Quander and Hannah Bruce Ford Quander. The Quander family can trace their lineage three hundred years in Maryland and Virginia. They are one of the […]

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Sun, 02.01.2022

Nellie Pratt Russell, Teacher, and Administrator born

*Nellie Pratt Russell was born on this date in 1890.  She was a Black teacher and an incorporator of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Nellie Pratt was born in Macon, Georgia. in 1907, Pratt entered Howard University’s College of Arts and Sciences. She attended when only .33% of African Americans and 5% of whites of eligible age participated at any […]

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Sun, 02.01.2022

Norma Boyd, Teacher, and Administrator born

*Norma Boyd was born on this date in 1888. She was a Black teacher, public policy activist, and administrator. Norma Elizabeth Boyd was born and educated in public schools in Washington, D.C. In September 1906, Boyd attended Howard University’s College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in math. It was when only 1/3 of 1% of […]

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Sun, 02.01.2022

James Solomon Russell, Deacon, and Administrator born

*James Solomon Russell was born on this date in 1857. He was a Black teacher, minister, and administrator. James Russell was born to Araminta, an enslaved woman on the Hendrick plantation in Mecklenburg County, VA. His enslaved father, Solomon Russell, worked on the Russell plantation in Warren County, North Carolina. After the Union victory in […]

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Sun, 02.01.2022

Julia Brooks, Teacher, and Sorority Founder born

*Julia Brooks was born on this date in 1882. She was a Black teacher, administrator, and community activist. Julia Evangeline Brooks was one of ten children born to Walter Henderson Brooks and Eva Holmes Brooks in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her father, a slave as a child, grabbed the chance for education, earning B.A. and theology […]

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Wed, 22.12.2021

William J. Hale, Educator born

*William J. Hale was born on this date in 1874. He was a Black educator and administrator. He was from Marion County, Tennessee, the oldest mulatto child in a low-income family of four boys and two girls.  William Jasper Hale held several jobs in various East Tennessee towns during his school days. Hale found substantial employment in […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

In a house of empty rooms, I thought I heard a door close down the long hall. I couldn’t know whether someone had entered, whether someone had left. No further step,... A CLOSING by May Miller
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