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Mon, 13.01.2020

Black Love Through Literature And Writing, Jonathan Odell

White American author Jonathan Odell shares a few loving viewpoints of African Americans and their affects on his writing and personal life

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Thu, 02.01.2020

Francis Scott Key, born

*Francis Scott Key was born on this date in 1779.  He was a white-American slave owner, lawyer, author, and poet.   He is most noted for writing the lyrics for a poem which eventually became the United States’ national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”.  The third verse of his poem had not been included in public singing of America’s national anthem.   Key was born to Ann Phoebe Penn Dagworthy […]

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Tue, 31.12.2019

Josephine Henderson Heard

*On this date in 1861, we celebrate the birth of Josephine Henderson Heard.  She was Black teacher and poet.   Josephine Delphine Henderson was born the daughter of two enslaved parents in Salisbury, North Carolina.  After slavery ended a goal was set for her to become a teacher.   At age 21, she married William Henry Heard in 1882. She held teaching […]

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Tue, 24.12.2019

Josephine Schuyler born

*Josephine Schuyler was born on this date in 1897.  She was a white-American author and poet.   From Granbury, Hood County, Texas, Josephine Cogdell Schuyler was born into a wealthy family, the youngest of the seven children of Daniel Calhoun Cogdell and Lucy Norfleet Duke.   She was a white woman born to great wealth and privilege in Granbury, Texas.  […]

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Tue, 24.12.2019

George Schuyler born

*On this date in 1895 George Schuyler was born.  He was an African American author, journalist, and conservative social commentator after he had supported socialism.   George Samuel Schuyler was born in Providence, Rhode Island, to George Francis Schuyler, a chef, and Eliza Jane Schuyler.  Schuyler’s paternal great-grandfather was believed to be a Black soldier working for general […]

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Sat, 21.12.2019

Jesse Holland (a man of many words) born

*Jesse Holland was born on this date in 1971.  He is an African American journalist, author, television personality and educator.  Jesse James Holland Jr. is from Holly Springs, Mississippi and is one of four siblings. His parents, Jesse James Holland and Yvonne Boga Holland, were both public school teachers in Memphis, Tennessee and Mount Pleasant, Mississippi, respectively, […]

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Wed, 11.12.2019

Solomon Northup born

*Solomon Northup was born on this date in 1807. He was a Black musician, abolitionist and author. His father Mintus was a freedman who had been a slave in his early life in service to the Northup family. Born in Rhode Island, he was taken with the Northup’s when they moved to Hoosick, New York, […]

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Fri, 29.11.2019

Felix Adler born

*Felix Adler was born on this date in 1851.  He was a white Jewish American professor, rationalist, lecturer and social reformer.   Felix Adler was born in Alzey, Rhenish Hesse, Grand Duchy of Hesse, Germany, the son of a rabbi, Samuel Adler, a leading figure in European Reform Judaism. The family immigrated to the United States from Germany when Felix was six years old so that his father could accept the appointment […]

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Thu, 28.11.2019

John Edward Bruce born

*John Edward Bruce was born on this date in 1856.  He was an African American journalist, historian, writer, orator, civil rights activist and Pan-African nationalist.   Also known as Bruce Grit or J. E. Bruce-Grit, he was born a slave in Piscataway, Maryland, to enslaved parents Robert and Martha Allen (Clark) Bruce. When he was three years old, his father was sold to a slaveholder in Georgia and Bruce […]

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Thu, 28.11.2019

The Moon Illustrated magazine is published

*On this date in 1905, the Moon Illustrated published its first issue. The Moon Illustrated Weekly magazine was founded and edited by W.E.B. Du Bois. The magazine was the first nationally illustrated weekly produced by and for African Americans. The experience was short lived, however, with only thirty-four issues produced in total from the end of 1905 through July […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

In a house of empty rooms, I thought I heard a door close down the long hall. I couldn’t know whether someone had entered, whether someone had left. No further step,... A CLOSING by May Miller
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