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Sun, 17.10.2021

Sol White, Baseball Player, and Author born

*”Sol” White was born on this date in 1868. He was a Black professional baseball infielder, manager, writer, and executive, and one of the pioneers of the Negro leagues. Born in Bellaire, Ohio, King Solomon White’s early life is not well-documented. According to the 1870 and 1880 U.S. Census, his family (parents and two oldest […]

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Sun, 17.10.2021

Steven Barnes, Science Fiction Writer born

*Steven Barnes was born this date in 1952. He is Black science fiction, fantasy, and mystery writer. Barnes is from Los Angeles, CA, and he attended Los Angeles High School. He continued at Pepperdine University, majoring in Communication Arts. Barnes is married to Tananarive Due, a writer. The couple lives in Los Angeles and hosts […]

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Fri, 24.09.2021

Sue Sojourner, Writer, Activist, and Journalist born

*Sue Sojourner was born on this date in 1941. she is a white Jewish American author, activist, and historian. Born Susan Hasalo in Chicago, Ill. Her mother Bess, Father Bernard, sister Muriel, and brother Bud moved around a lot, but Sue always looked back fondly on her high school days in Marblehead, Massachusetts Class of […]

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Tue, 21.09.2021

Mary Fair Burks, Scholar, and Activist born

*Mary Fair Burks was born on this date in 1914. She was a Black educator, scholar, and activist. She was the daughter of Gustavus “Gus” Samuel and Ollie (née Williams) Fair. She attended Alabama State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in English literature in 1933, and Michigan State University, where she earned a Master […]

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Tue, 14.09.2021

Derrick Bell, Educator, and Activist born

*Derrick Bell was born on this date in 1930. He was a Black lawyer, professor, writer, and activist. Born in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Derrick Albert Bell Jr. received a B.A. from Duquesne University in 1952. He was a member of the Duquesne Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and later served as an Air Force officer for […]

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Mon, 13.09.2021

Govan Mbeki, Activist, and Politician born

*Govan Mbeki was born on this date in 1910. He was a Black South African politician, journalist, Communist, and activist. Govan Archibald Mvuyelwa Mbeki was born in the Nqamakwe district of the Transkei region and was a part of the Xhosa ethnic group. He was the son of Chief Sikelewu Mbeki and Johanna Mahala and […]

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Mon, 13.09.2021

John Langalibalele Dube, Essayist, and Poltician born

*John Langalibalele Dube was born on this date in 1871. He was a Black South African activist, essayist, philosopher, educator, politician, publisher, editor, novelist, and poet. John Langalibalele was born in Natal at the Inanda mission station of the American Zulu Mission (AZM), a branch of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, whose […]

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Sun, 12.09.2021

Dolly Rathebe, South African Entertainer, and Columnist born

*Dolly Rathebe was born on this date in 1928. She was a Black South African musician, columnist, and actress. Dolly Rathebe was born in Randfontein, South Africa but grew up in Sophiatown, which she describes as having been “a wonderful place”. She was discovered around 1948 after singing at a picnic in Johannesburg. A talent […]

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Fri, 10.09.2021

Todd Matshikiza, South African Pianist born

*The birth of Todd Matshikiza is celebrated on this date in 1921. He was a Black South African jazz pianist, composer, and journalist. From, Johannesburg, SA., Todd Tozama Matshikiza came from a musical family. He graduated from St Peter’s College in Rosettenville, Johannesburg, and went on to obtain a diploma in music and a teaching […]

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Fri, 10.09.2021

Henry Nxumalo, Journalist born

*The birth of Henry Nxumalo is celebrated on this date in 1917. Also known as Henry “Mr. Drum” Nxumalo, he was a pioneering South African investigative journalist. He was born in Margate, Natal, South Africa, and attended the Fascadale Mission School. Showing early capacity as a writer, he submitted various samples of his work to […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

She does not know Her beauty, She thinks her brown body Has no glory. If she could dance Naked, Under palm trees And see her image in the river She would know. But there are no palm trees On... NO IMAGES by Waring Cuney.
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