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Sun, 02.10.2022

Juan Pablo Soho, Author born

*Juan Sojo was born on this date in 1907. He was an Afro Venezuelan author and activist. Juan Pablo Sojo was born in the town of Curiepe, Brión Municipality, Miranda State. As a youth, he had his father, Juan Pablo Sojo B as his primary teacher. His father was a musician and compiler of festivities […]

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Tue, 20.09.2022

‘The Slave’s Friend’ Children’s Magazine is published

*The publication of The Slave’s Friend is celebrated on this date in 1836. This was an anti-slavery magazine for children produced by the American Anti-Slavery Society (AASS). The American Anti-Slavery Society was established in 1833 by Arthur Tappan and others. It was one of the leading abolitionist organizations in the United States during the first half of the 19th […]

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Tue, 20.09.2022

John Jea, Writer and Abolitionist born

*The birth of John Jea is celebrated on this date in 1773. He was a Black writer, preacher, abolitionist, and sailor. Little is known about John Jea’s life apart from what he wrote in his autobiography, The Life, History, and Unparalleled Sufferings of John Jea, the African Preacher (1811). Jea stated that he was born near Calabar in […]

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Mon, 29.08.2022

Harriette Gillem Robinet, Biologist and Author born

*Harriette Gillem Robinet was born on this date in 1931.  She is a Black research biologist, professor, and author. Born in Washington D.C., Harriette Gillem spent her childhood summers in Arlington, Virginia; the daughter of Richard Avitus (a teacher) and Martha (a teacher; maiden name, Gray) Gillem. Her mother’s father had been an enslaved person […]

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Mon, 29.08.2022

The Journal of African American History is published

*On this date in 1916, the Journal of African American History published its first issue.   The Journal of African American History, formerly The Journal of Negro History (1916–2001), is a quarterly academic journal covering African American life and history. It was founded in 1916 by Carter G. Woodson. The journal is owned and overseen by the Association for the […]

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Wed, 17.08.2022

My Career Advice for Writing, Lehman Riley

Lehman Riley is an author and publisher specializing in children’s books. In this segment, he shares ways to appreciate writing as a career.

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Mon, 15.08.2022

Robert Benjamin Lewis, Author and Inventor born

*The birth of Robert Benjamin Lewis is celebrated on this date in 1802. He was an African and Native American author, ethnologist, and inventor. He was born in the portion of Pittston, Maine, which later became the city of Gardiner. He was the eldest son of Matthias Lewis and Lucy (Stockbridge) Lewis. Matthias Lewis was either a […]

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Sat, 30.07.2022

Wilhemina Crosson, Educator, Writer, and Administrator born

*Wilhelmina Crosson was born on this date in 1900. She was a Black educator and school administrator known for her innovative teaching methods. Wilhelmina Marguerita Crosson was born in Rutherford, New Jersey, to Charles Tasker Crosson and Sallie Alice Davis Crosson. She was the fourth of nine children. In 1906 Crosson moved with her family […]

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Sun, 17.07.2022

Touré, Media Journalist, and Writer

*Touré was born on this date in 1971. He is a Black author, journalist, cultural critic, and television personality. From Boston, MA., Touré Neblett’s father, Roy E. Neblett, was an accountant and a member of the personal staff of Boston mayor Kevin White. Touré’s parents met while Roy was studying at Suffolk University Law School, […]

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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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New Poem Each Day

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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