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Wed, 22.06.2022

Lillian Bertha Jones Horace, Author, and Educator born

*Lillian Bertha Jones Horace was born on this date in 1880. She was a Black author, educator, and librarian. Lillian Bertha Amstead was born in Jefferson, Texas, to Thomas Amstead and Macey Ackard Matthews; she also had one sister, Etta. The family moved to Fort Worth when Lillian was two years old. Thomas failed to […]

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Sat, 07.05.2022

Paule Marshall, Educator, and Writer born

*Paule Marshall was born on this date in 1929. She was a Black poet and prose writer, and professor. She was born Valenza Pauline Burke in Brooklyn, New York, to Adriana Viola Clement Burke and Sam Burke. Marshall’s father had migrated from Barbados to New York in 1919 and, during her childhood, deserted the family […]

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Sat, 07.05.2022

Rosa Guy, Author, and Playwright born

*Rosa Guy was born on this date in 1922. She was a Black playwright and writer. Rosa Cuthbert was born in Diego Martin, Trinidad. She and her younger sister Ameze were left with relatives when their parents, Audrey and Henry Cuthbert, emigrated in 1927 to the United States. The children did not join their parents in […]

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Sat, 07.05.2022

Calvin L. Hicks, Author born

*Calvin L. Hicks was born on this date in 1933. He was a Black journalist, activist, editor, and music educator. Born in Boston, Hicks wrote for the Boston Chronicle while still in high school. He graduated from Drake University. After writing for the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper, Hicks moved to New York City. In 1960, he founded and chaired the […]

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Sat, 07.05.2022

The Harlem Writers Guild, a story

*The Harlem Writers Guild (HWG) is celebrated on this date in 1950. HWG is the oldest organization of Black writers in America. It was initially established as the Harlem Writers Club by John Oliver Killens, Rosa Guy, John Henrik Clarke, Willard Moore, and Walter Christmas. During the 1920s and 1930s, many southern African Americans traveled to Northern urban […]

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Sat, 07.05.2022

The Black Arts Movement In America, a story

*The Black Arts Movement (BAM) is celebrated on this date in 1965. They were a Black-led art movement active during the 1960s and 1970s. BAM created new cultural institutions through activism and art and conveyed another message of black pride. The beginnings of the Black Arts Movement focus on when Amiri Baraka moved uptown to […]

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Mon, 02.05.2022

The kikongo Language, a story

*The Kikongo language is celebrated on this date in 1500. The Kikongo language is one of the Bantu languages the Kongo people speak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, Angola, and Gabon. Often called Kongo, it is a tonal language. It was spoken by many who were enslaved people during the middle passage. For […]

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Sun, 17.04.2022

Sarah Elizabeth Wright, Author born

*Sarah Elizabeth Wright was born on this date in 1928. She was a Black writer and social activist. Sarah Elizabeth Wright was born in Wetipquin, Maryland, and began writing poetry at eight. She attended Salisbury Colored High School and, in 1945, entered Howard University. At Howard, she was mentored by Sterling Allen Brown and Owen Dodson […]

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Sun, 13.02.2022

Daughters Of Africa is Published

*Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Words and Writings by Women of African Descent from the Ancient Egyptian to the Present is celebrated this date in 1992. This book is a compilation of orature and literature by more than 200 women from Africa and the African diaspora, edited and introduced by Margaret Busby, who compared […]

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Sun, 06.02.2022

Sarah Forten Purvis, Poet born

*The birth of Sarah Forten Purvis is celebrated on this date in 1814. She was a Black poet and abolitionist. Sarah Louisa Forten was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was one of the “Forten Sisters” which included Harriet, and Margaretta. Her mother was Charlotte Vandine Forten, and her father was the Black abolitionist James Forten. Her sisters were Harriet […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

They rode north funky & uneducated to live & let themselves rest: I come here ghuddammit to make my way, lazy or not, to own myself open the touch of... BLACKIE THINKS OF HIS BROTHERS by Stanley Crouch.
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