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Thu, 26.11.2020

The British & French West Indies, a brief story

*Slavery in the British and French West Indies is remembered on this date in 1600 with a brief article.  This refers to its practice in the parts of the Caribbean dominated by France or the British Empire.  The effects of the Middle Passage in the Caribbean, England colonized the islands of St. Kitts and Barbados […]

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Thu, 26.11.2020

Gambia gains Independence from the UK

*On this date in 1964, the Gambia Independence Act 1964 was issued.  This was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that gave independence to The Gambia with effect from February 18, 1965.   This episode happened 80 years after the Berlin Conference convened.  It marked the high-point of white European competition for […]

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Mon, 23.11.2020

Holmes v. Ford case, a brief story

*On this date in 1853, Holmes v. Ford was heard in the territoral court of Oregon.  This was an American court case in the Oregon Territory that freed a slave family. The decision re-affirmed that slavery was illegal in the territory as outlined in the Organic Laws of Oregon that were continued once the region […]

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Sat, 21.11.2020

The Confiscation Acts introduced

*The Confiscation Acts were introduced on this date in 1861.   In U.S. history, this series of laws passed by the federal government during the American Civil War were designed to liberate Black slaves in the seceded confederate states. The first Confiscation Act, passed on Aug. 6, 1861, authorized Union seizure of rebel property, and it […]

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Sun, 15.11.2020

Duvall v. School Board ruled

*On this date in 1944, Duvall v. School Board was ruled on.  This case involved equal pay for certified schoolteachers in South Carolina regardless of race.  On November 10, 1943, NAACP lawyers filed the case with the federal district court to equalize the salary of Viola Louise Duvall, a Black educator from Charleston’s Burke High School. The […]

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Thu, 12.11.2020

Sharecropping, a brief article

*On this date in 1865, sharecropping is briefly described.  Sharecropping historically is a system of agriculture or agricultural production in which a landowner allows a tenant to use the land in return for a share of the crop produced on the land (e.g., 50 percent of the crop). We chose this date because of the […]

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Thu, 12.11.2020

LongTown, Ohio founded

*On this date in 1818, we celebrate the founding of Longtown (Greenville settlement), Ohio. The James and Sophia Clemens Farmstead is one of the oldest and last remaining agricultural resources in one of Ohio’s earliest Black settlements, Longtown (Greenville settlement). This farmstead was the home of James and Sophia Clemens, the founders of the settlement. […]

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Wed, 11.11.2020

Nathan Thomas House opens

*The opening of the Nathan Thomas House is celebrated on this date in 1835.  This was the location of one of Michigan’s most active Underground Railroad stations.  Dr. Nathan M. and Pamela Brown Thomas created the refuge.  Built in 1835, he constructed a building that served as both an office and residence. Five years later […]

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Tue, 10.11.2020

Another Black man Lynched in America (Image may not be suitable for children)

*On this date in 1927, another Black man was lynched, this time in Little Rock, Arkansas.  This murder and the rioting that followed is one of the most notorious incidents of racial violence in the state’s history. The experienced and wave of mob violence culminated in the lynching of John Carter.  This event reveals much […]

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Sun, 08.11.2020

Provident Hospital, Florida opens

*On this date in 1938, Provident Hospital opened in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.   Located at 1409 Sixth Avenue, it was founded by two African American physicians, Von D. Mizell and James Sistrunk.  During Jim Crow in the south, none of the existing hospitals in Fort Lauderdale would accept Black patients. In 1937, a young Black […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

Popsicle Cold Now that the story has moved out of the headlines the widow of the dead black hero stands alone at the public market purchasing polluted pork with government... POPSICLE COLD and CLAIRVOYANCE by Norman Jordan.
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