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Thu, 09.07.2020

Morristown College founded

*This date in 1881 celebrates the founding of Morristown College.   This was a Historical Black College and University (HBCU) located in Morristown, the seat of Hamblen County, Tennessee. It was founded by the national Freedman’s Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Prior to the 20th century American Civil Rights movement, the college held the […]

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Tue, 07.07.2020

Marcus Foster born

*Marcus Foster was born on this date in 1923.  He was a Black educator.  Marcus Albert Foster was born in Athens, Georgia, later graduating from South Philadelphia High School.  His mother Alice fostered Marcus’s mastery of Standard English by highlighting its importance as the dominant syntax.  Subsequently, as a young man he was both scholastic […]

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Sun, 05.07.2020

Robert Kerlin born

*Robert Kerlin was born on this date in 1866.  He was a white-American minister, author, soldier and activist.  From Harrison County, MO., Robert Thomas Kerlin’ parents were from Kentucky, owners of several small farms.  They raised and sold Berkshire Hog and Southdown Sheep.  Confederate properties were seized as a result of the American Civil War […]

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Sat, 04.07.2020

Laurence C. Jones born

*Laurence Jones was born on this date in 1882.  He was a Black educator, administrator and activist.  From St. Joseph, Missouri, his father worked as a porter at the Pacific House hotel.  Laurence Clifton Jones came from a family of educators, with an uncle who founded the Woodstock Manual Labor Institute in Michigan in 1846.   When he was 15 […]

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Sat, 04.07.2020

Martha Louise Morrow Foxx born

*Martha Louise Morrow Foxx was born on this date in 1902.  She was a pioneering Black educator of the blind in Mississippi.   Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, an eye disease left Foxx partially blind as a child. She entered the Raleigh School for the Blind as a young child, until her family moved to […]

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Sat, 04.07.2020

Piney Woods Country Life School opens

*This date in 1909 celebrates the founding of Piney Woods Country Life School.  Also referred as The Piney Woods School, they are a co-educational independent historically Black boarding school for grades 9-12.  Located in Piney Woods, unincorporated Rankin County, Mississippi; 21 miles south of Jackson.  It is one of four remaining historically Black boarding schools in the United States. It is currently the largest Black boarding […]

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Tue, 30.06.2020

Lorenzo Turner born

*Lorenzo Turner was born on this date in 1890.  He was a Black academic and linguist.  Born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Lorenzo Dow Turner was the youngest of four sons of Rooks Turner and Elizabeth Freeman. His father completed his master’s degree at Howard University, although he had not begun first grade until he was twenty-one years old. His mother […]

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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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Sun, 21.06.2020

Knoxville College opens

*On this date in 1875, Knoxville College opened.  They are a Historically Black liberal arts college (HBCU).    Founded by the United Presbyterian Church, it is also a United Negro College Fund member school.  Knoxville College is rooted in a mission school established in Knoxville in 1864 to educate the city’s freedmen.  In 1875, the […]

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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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