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Wed, 17.04.2019

Runaway Negro Creek renamed

*On this date in 2019 the United State Department of the Interior renamed Runaway Negro Creek to Freedom Creek. The body of water is a stream in Chatham County, Georgia, in the United States. The creek runs along the edge of Skidaway Island State Park.   This century the former name of the creek attracted the attention of media commentators and on […]

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Wed, 03.04.2019

Chicago elects its first Black Women Mayor

*On this date in 2019, the first black woman was elected mayor of Chicago, Illinois.  Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot easily won the Chicago mayor’s race earning support from every part of the city to defeat a longtime political insider.    She also become the first openly gay person to lead the United States of Americas third-largest […]

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Wed, 20.03.2019

The first Festa Confederada

*On this date in 1954, the first Festa Confederada was celebrated.  This partial preservation of the United States of America’s ‘Old South’ happens yearly at the end of April in Santa Barbara d’Oeste,  near Sau Paulo, Brazil since 1954.   With the historic confederate loss of the civil war, many southerners fled to brazil, some for racial beliefs, […]

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Sat, 16.02.2019

Issac Woodard Jr. born

*Isaac Woodard Jr. was born on this date in 1919.  He was a decorated African American World War IIveteran and hate crime victim. Woodard was born in Fairfield County, South Carolina, and grew up in Goldsboro, North Carolina. He attended local segregated schools, often underfunded for blacks during the Jim Crow years.  On October 14, 1942, the 23-year-old Woodard enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort Jackson in Columbia, […]

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Sat, 09.02.2019

The Case of the Groveland Four

*On this date in 1949, the episode and legal case “Groveland Four” began.  This was a wrongful arrest, murder and conviction of four young African American men.  The episode played out when Norma Padgett, a 17-year-old white woman, and her husband Willie, said that onthat date,they had been attacked by four young black men in Groveland, Florida; who […]

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Sat, 26.01.2019

Texas Public Schools update the cause of the Civil War to Slavery for learning

*On this date in 2018, the Texas Board of Education voted to change the way its students learn about the Civil War. Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, students will be taught that slavery played a “central role” in the war.  The state’s previous social studies standards listed three causes for the Civil War: sectionalism, states’ […]

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Mon, 03.12.2018

Dvorak’s “From The New World” debuts

*On this date in 1893, the renowned Czech composer Antonín Dvořák debuted the performance of his most famous symphony, This classic recognized the significance of American Negro spirituals and their contributions to the culture of the United States.  Dvořák came to America at the invitation of music patron and entrepreneur Jeanette Meyers Thurber in 1892. […]

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Wed, 21.11.2018

Thanksgiving and African American history, a brief article

*Thanksgiving, 1777 and African American history is briefly address on this date. That year, the turning point of America’s Revolutionary War occurred with victory over the British at Saratoga.  In response the Continental Congress then delivered a decree for the 13 colonies to give thanks.  Black slaves also took part in the celebration throughout the […]

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Sun, 11.11.2018

World War 1 ceremony honors the fallen in Alabama

*On this date in 2018, colleagues of Alabama State University (ASU) came to pay their respects to soldiers who died one hundred years ago.  They Gathered at Oakwood Cemetery in Montgomery, Ala. More than 350,000 African Americans served in segregated units during World War I.  They were fighting for rights they didn’t have in America […]

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Thu, 08.11.2018

19th century black woman buried in the 21st century

*On this date in 2016, the funeral of Martha Peterson a black woman took place at Saint Mark’s African Methodist Episcopal Church in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens.  This episode was unique because Peterson was born in the 19thcentury. On Oct. 4, 2011, construction workers were using a backhoe to clear soil from an […]

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Poetry Corner

*Hear ye, hear ye This court is now in session His Honor, Judge Pigmeat Markham presidin Hear ye, hear ye, the court of swing It's just about ready to do that thing I don't... HERE COMES THE JUDGE by Pigmeat Markham
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