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Mon, 28.09.2020

Franz Fanon, Writer born

*Frantz Fanon was born on this date in 1925.  He was a Black Caribbean author, psychiatrist and political philosopher.  Frantz Omar Fanon was born on the Caribbean island of Martinique.   His father, Félix Casimir Fanon, was a descendant of African slaves, and worked as a customs agent. His mother, Eléanore Médélice, was Afro-Martinique and […]

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Fri, 18.09.2020

Broadside Lotus Press formed

*On this date 2015, it was announced that Lotus Press would be merging with Broadside Press, forming the new Broadside Lotus Press.    This Black owned literature publisher was founded by Dudley Randall in 1965, in Detroit, and Naomi Long Madgett’s Lotus Press, founded in Detroit in 1972. These two writers and publishers created the […]

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Tue, 08.09.2020

Frances Anne Rollin Whipper born

*On this date in 1845, Frances Anne Rollin Whipper was born.  She was a Black activist, teacher, doctor and author. Frances Rollin was born in 1845 in Charleston, South Carolina, into a free family of color who originally came from Santo Domingo (now known as the Dominican Republic). Her father was a well-to-do lumber merchant. She lived her early life as […]

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Sun, 30.08.2020

Mary Burrill born

*Mary P. Burrill was born on this date in 1881.  She was a Black teacher and playwright.  Born in Washington, D.C., her father was John H. Burrill and her mother was Clara E. Burrill.    She graduated in 1901 from Washington’s M Street School (later Dunbar High School), entered Emerson College in the fall of […]

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Sun, 30.08.2020

Denise Nicholas born

*Denise Nicolas was born on this date in 1944.  She is a Black retired actress, and writer.  From Detroit, MI, Nicholas attended the University of Michigan and studied acting in New York.  Her stage career began as an apprentice with the Free Southern Theater, touring rural Louisiana and Mississippi during the American Civil Rights Movement.  […]

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Mon, 24.08.2020

Amos Tutuola born

*Amos Tutuola was born on this date in 1920.  He was a Black Nigerian writer.   Amos Tutuola was born Olatubosun Odegbami in Wasinmi, a village just a few miles outside of Abeokuta, Nigeria.  His parents Charles Tutuola Odegbami and Esther Aina Odegbami – who were Yoruba Christian cocoa farmers.  He was the youngest son […]

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Sun, 16.08.2020

Freedomways journal published

*This date in 1961 celebrates the first issue of Freedomways.  This was the leading Black theoretical, political and cultural journal of the 1960s–1980s. It began publishing in the spring of 1961 and journal’s founders were Louis Burnham, Edward Strong, W.E.B. Du Bois and its first general editor Shirley Graham Du Bois. It was later edited by Esther Cooper Jackson. Jackson would call […]

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Thu, 06.08.2020

Nancy Prince born

*Nancy Prince was born on this date in 1799.  She was a Black abolitionist and writer.   Nancy Gardner Prince was born free in Newburyport, Massachusetts.  Her father Thomas Gardner was a wailer.  Little is known about Prince’s family life. Her father, a seaman died when she was an infant, leaving her in the care of […]

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Thu, 06.08.2020

Ottobah Cugoano born

*The birth of Ottobah Cugoano is celebrated on this date, c. 1757.   He was a Black African abolitionist, author, anti-imperialist, and natural rights philosopher.  He was born Quobna Ottobah Cugoano near Ajumako, in modern-day Ghana. He was a Fanti.   At the age of 13, Cugoano was sold into slavery and transported to Grenada […]

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Mon, 27.07.2020

Judy Juanita born

*Judy Juanita was born on this date in 1946.  She is a Black poet, novelist, educator and playwright.   Born Judith Hart in Berkeley, California, she grew up in Oakland. At age 16, she began attending Oakland City College, transferring to San Francisco State University as a junior. She was a member of the schools […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

Let them keep it whatever it is for whites only hides. And smiles. I was in the pale inn after the writs after the whores after the hilariously lonely convention men... AND I WAS NOT IMPROVED by Lerone Bennett, Jr.
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