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Tue, 07.07.2020

Freedom Summer, a brief story

*Freedom Summer is briefly described on this date in 1964.  Sometimes called the Mississippi Summer Project, it was a volunteer campaign in the United States launched to attempt to register as many Black voters as possible in Mississippi. Blacks had been cut off from voting since the turn of the century due to barriers to […]

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Thu, 02.07.2020

Hispaniola founded

*Hispaniola was founded on this date in 1492.  It is an island of Black indigenous Taino people in the Caribbean archipelago known as the Greater Antilles. It is the most populous island in the West Indies and the region’s second largest after Cuba.  The island is divided into two separate, sovereign nations: the Spanish-speaking Dominican Republic to the east and French / […]

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Thu, 02.07.2020

Slavery abolished in Cuba

*On this date in 1866, slavery was abolished in Cuba.  Slavery in Cuba was associated with labor demand to support the sugar cane plantations. It existed on the island of Cuba from the 16th century until it was abolished by royal decree. The first organized slavery in Cuba was introduced by Spanish colonialists who attacked […]

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Tue, 30.06.2020

The Sierra Leone War begins

*On this date in 1991, The Sierra Leone Civil War began.  This was a civil war in Sierra Leone that began when the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), with support from the special forces of Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), intervened in Sierra Leone in an attempt to overthrow the Joseph Momoh government. […]

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Wed, 24.06.2020

Buxton Iowa, a brief Story, Various Testimonies

Buxton Iowa was a nearly all-Black mining town in Iowa after Reconstruction. In the 21st century, it’s talked about by relatives and locals

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Wed, 24.06.2020

Black Seminole Scouts formed

*On this date in 1870, Black Seminole Scouts are remembered.  Also known as the Seminole Negro Indian Scouts, or Seminole Scouts; they were commissioned by the United States Army between. Despite the name, the unit included both Black Seminoles and some Native Seminoles. However, because most of the Seminole scouts were of African descent, they were often attached to the Buffalo Soldier regiments to guide the troops through […]

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Fri, 19.06.2020

Fort Amsterdam, a story

*Fort Amsterdam is remembered on this date in 1631.  This fort was used by the British and Dutch to facilitate Black African slave labor in the Middle Passage.  It was built by the English between 1638 and 1645 as Fort Cormantin and was captured by the Dutch West India Company in 1665, in retaliation for the capture of […]

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Thu, 18.06.2020

Conant Gardens Community formed

*Conant Gardens is celebrated on December 2, 1928.  This is a Black neighborhood in northeast Detroit, Michigan.  The community was not very densely populated until the 1920s due to the boom of the automobile industry. Named after reluctant abolitionist Shubael Conant, Conant Gardens was to be developed for white collar Ford workers, but there was a lack of interest. However, […]

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Thu, 18.06.2020

The Mau Mau uprising, a brief story

*On this date in 1952, we remember the Mau Mau Uprising.  Also known as the Mau Mau Rebellion, the Kenya Emergency, and the Mau Mau Revolt, was a war in the British Kenya Colony (1920–1963) between the Kenya Land and Freedom Army (KLFA), also known as Mau Mau, and the British.  The Mau Mau were […]

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Thu, 11.06.2020

“Sit In” in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

*On this date in 1960, a “Sit in” occurred in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Nine Black Southern University students were arrested for “disturbing the peace” after sitting at the “white only” segregated lunch counters in the downtown Baton Rouge Kress Department store and the local Greyhound bus station. Despite the peaceful nature of their protests, they […]

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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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