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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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Sat, 23.11.2019

Nancy Cunard born

*Nancy Cunard was born on this date in 1896.  She was a white-European writer, heiress, American civil rights and political activist.   Nancy Clara Cunard was born into the British upper class, her father was Sir Bache Cunard, an heir to the Cunard Line shipping businesses, polo and fox hunting enthusiast, and a baronet. Her mother was Maud Alice Burke, an American heiress, who adopted the first name […]

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Wed, 13.11.2019

The Messenger Magazine is published

*In August 1917, the first issue of the Messenger magazine is celebrated.  This was an early 20th-century political and literary magazine by and for African American people. It was important to the growth of the Harlem Renaissance and initially promoted a socialist political view. The Messenger was co-founded in New York City by Chandler Owen and A. Philip Randolph.   Toward the end of 1916, Randolph and Owen dropped out […]

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Fri, 01.11.2019

Angelina Emily Grimké born

*Angelina Emily Grimké was born on this date in 1805.  She was a white-American political activist, women’s rights advocate, and supporter of the women’s suffrage movement. She and her sister Sarah Moore Grimké became abolitionists.  While raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Angelina and her sister spent their entire adult lives in the North.  Between 1835, Angelina Grimke greatest fame worked with William Lloyd Garrison who published a letter of […]

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Sun, 27.10.2019

Chandler Owen, Writer born

*Chandler Owen was born on this date in 1889.  He was an African American writer, editor and early member of the Socialist Party of America.   Owen was born in Warrenton, North Carolina. He graduated from Virginia Union University in 1913. Later, while studying economics at Columbia University in 1916, he joined the Socialist Party of America. He began a lifelong friendship with A. Philip Randolph and together they followed the lead […]

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Sun, 20.10.2019

David Levering Lewis born

*David Levering Lewis was born on this date in 1936.  He is an African American author, historian and professor of history.   Lewis was born in Little Rock, Arkansas to a middle-class black family. His father John Henry Lewis, Sr. had graduated from Morris Brown College in Atlanta, and went on to Yale Divinity School, becoming its first African American graduate. He also […]

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Sun, 13.10.2019

‘An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans’ published

*The 19th century publication of the book, An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans is celebrated on October 5, 1833.  This book by white American writer Lydia Maria Child.  It favored of the immediate emancipation of the African slaves without compensation to slaveholders.  It was the first book in support of this policy written by a white woman.   It was published by Allen & Ticknor […]

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Poetry Corner

and yeah, brothers, while white/America sings about the unsink able molly brown (who was hustling the titanic when it went down) I sing to thee of Shine the stoker who was... I SING OF SHINE by Etheridge Knight.
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