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Thu, 22.07.2021

Cleveland Sellers, Activist, and Educator born

*Cleveland Sellers was born on this date in 1944. He is a Black educator, administrator, and activist. Cleveland “Cleve” Sellers Jr. was born in Denmark, South Carolina, to Cleveland Sellers (Sr.) and Pauline Sellers. Denmark was a town of mostly black residents, so much so, that as a child, Sellers was often blind to the […]

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Wed, 21.07.2021

Byron Armstrong, Educator born

*Byron Armstrong was born on this date in 1892. He was a Black scholar, educator, and administrator. Byron Kenneth Armstrong was born in Westfield, Indiana in 1892. He attended Howard University in 1909, where he met Elder Watson Diggs. Armstrong, at the end of the Spring term of 1910, visited his cousin, Irven Armstrong, at Indiana University. […]

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Wed, 21.07.2021

Elder W. Diggs, Educator, and Officer born

*Elder Diggs was born on this date in 1883. He was a Black writer, soldier, and scholar. Elder Watson Diggs was born in Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky, the eldest son of three children. Diggs and his brother (William Ellis) and sister (Effie) were reared by their mother, Cornelia. He received a one-room school education in […]

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Wed, 21.07.2021

Elizabeth Carter Brooks, Educator, and Preservationist born

*The birth of Elizabeth Carter Brooks is celebrated on this date in 1867.  She was a Black educator, social activist, and architect. Elizabeth Carter was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Her mother, Martha Webb, had been a former slave owned by President John Tyler. Webb was involved with the Underground Railroad. Her daughter went on […]

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Wed, 21.07.2021

The Howard Colored Orphans Asylum Opens

*On this date in 1866, the Howard Colored Orphan Asylum is celebrated. This was one of the few American orphanages to be led by and for Blacks. It was located on Troy Avenue and Dean Street in Weeksville, New York City. The Home for Freed Children and Others was founded by black Presbyterian minister Henry M. […]

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Mon, 19.07.2021

Leeland Jones, Activist born

*Leeland Jones was born on this date in 1921. He was a Black educator and civic leader. Leeland Jones, Jr. a Buffalo, New York native spent the first six or seven years of his life sleeping in the bed of his grandfather, a former slave who had fled from the South through the Underground Railroad. He […]

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Thu, 15.07.2021

The Norfolk Mission College Begins Classes

*The first class taught at the Norfolk Mission College (NMC) was on this date in 1883. This was a privately funded public school for African American students in the Norfolk, Virginia area. The school was established by the United Presbyterians. NMC taught thousands of students at various levels of education and provided for students who […]

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Fri, 09.07.2021

The First African American National Spelling Bee Winner is Crowned

*On this date in 2021, the first African American won the Scripps National Spelling Bee.  Zaila Avant-garde, a 14-year-old from New Orleans, Louisiana, was the winner.  The victory meant she became the first African American contestant to win in the 93 years of the competition. The only Black winner before was Jody-Anne Maxwell, representing Jamaica […]

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Wed, 07.07.2021

E. Luther Brookes, Chemist born

*The birth of E. Luther Brookes is celebrated on this date in 1900. He was a Black chemist, and Professor. From Jamaica, British West Indies, Enos Luther Brookes was the son of Professor James M. Brookes and Martha Brookes. “The death of his mother prevented his acceptance of a scholarship to an English University. He traveled in […]

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Wed, 07.07.2021

Gloria Long Anderson, Chemist, and Administrator born

*Gloria Long Anderson was born on this date in 1938. She is a Black chemist, administrator, and professor. Gloria Long was born in Altheimer, Arkansas, where she was the fourth child, and only girl, in a family of six children. She is the daughter of Elsie Lee Foggie Long, a seamstress, and Charles Long, a […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

Niggers are scared of revolution But niggers shouldn’t be scared of revolution Because revolution is nothing but change And all niggers do is change Niggers come in from work... Niggers are Scared of Revolution by Jalal Nuriddin
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