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Sat, 01.10.2022

The Panther 21, a story

*The Panther 21 episode is affirmed on this date in 1969. They were twenty-one Harlem Chapter Black Panther members arrested and accused of planned, coordinated bombing and long-range rifle attacks on two police stations and an education office in New York City. Among the defendants were Afeni Shakur, Lumumba Shakur, Ali Bey Hassan, Michael Tabor, Dhoruba […]

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Sat, 01.10.2022

The Brown Fellowship Society is Formed

*The Brown Fellowship Society was founded on this date in 1790. They were an African American self-help organization. They were founded in Charleston, South Carolina, and its motto was “Charity and Benevolence.”  It was founded by five free nonwhites who attended St. Philip’s Episcopal Church: James Mitchell, George Bampfield, William Cattel, George Bedon, and Samuel […]

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Sat, 24.09.2022

Black History in Ireland, a story

*Black history in Ireland is celebrated on this date in 1600. Segments of the Irish people were involved with the Middle Passage between 1660 and 1815. Librarian Liam Hogan has described how Irish merchants profited from the trade, mostly indirectly as provisioners. For example, William Ronan worked for the Royal African Company in more direct involvement. He became chairman of the […]

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Sat, 24.09.2022

Fort James (slave fort) is built

*On this date, in 1659, Fort James was built. This was a slave-holding fort located in Accra, Ghana. It was built by the Royal African Company of England (RAC) as a trading post for both gold and slaves in 1673, where it joined the Dutch Fort Crêvecœur (1649) and the Danish Fort Christiansborg (1652) along the coast of […]

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Sat, 24.09.2022

Osu Castle (slave fort), a story

*On this date in 1660, the Osu Castle is affirmed. This slave fort (also known as Fort Christiansborg) is a castle in Osu, Ghana, on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea in Africa. The facility was built by Denmark-Norway, Portugal, Akwamu, Britain, and finally, post-Independence Ghana. Under Denmark–Norway control, it was the capital of the Danish […]

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Sat, 24.09.2022

The Cape Coast Castle (slave fort) a story

*On this date in 1653, we affirm the Cape Coast Castle.  This was one of about forty “slave castles,” or commercial forts, built on the Gold Coast of West Africa (now Ghana) by European traders. It was initially a Portuguese trading post. However, in 1653 the Swedish Africa Company constructed a timber fort there. It originally was a […]

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Tue, 20.09.2022

The ‘Farren Riot’ in New York City Occurs

*This date, in 1834, marks the start of the Farren Riot. Taking place in New York City, it’s also called the anti-abolitionist or Tappan Riot. This was an ant-abolitionist riot that lasted for nearly a week. Their deeper origins rest in the combination of nativism and abolitionism among Protestants who had controlled the growing city since […]

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Tue, 20.09.2022

Joseph R. Holmes, Farmer and Politician born

*The birth of Joseph R. Holmes is celebrated on this date in 1838. He was a Black shoemaker, farmer, and politician. Holmes published various articles critical of conservatives after the American Civil War.  After being emancipated from Charlotte County, Virginia, he married Mary Clarke. They had three sons and one daughter. On October 23, 1867, Holmes and […]

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Thu, 01.09.2022

Purlie (the musical) Debuts

*On this date in 1970, Purlie was first performed on stage. Purlie was a musical with a book by Ossie Davis, Philip Rose, and Peter Udell, lyrics by Udell, and music by Gary Geld. It is based on Davis’s 1961 play Purlie Victorious, which became the 1963 film Gone Are the Days!  The cast included Cleavon Little, John Heffernan, Melba Moore, […]

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Mon, 29.08.2022

Hercules Posey, Slave and Chef born

*The birth of Hercules Posey is celebrated on this date in 1748. He was an enslaved African owned by George Washington. He was born around 1748 and owned by America’s first president as collateral for an unpaid loan made to his original owner, Washington’s neighbor John Posey. “Uncle Harkless,” as George Washington Parke Custis called […]

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Poetry Corner

i went down to malcolmland me come back a man. me return with blackness drippin from my every breath. i went down to malcolmland unprepared but him gave me a grass... HALF BLACK, HALF BLACKER by Sterling Plumpp.
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