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Sun, 05.07.2020

Robert Kerlin born

*Robert Kerlin was born on this date in 1866.  He was a white-American minister, author, soldier and activist.  From Harrison County, MO., Robert Thomas Kerlin’ parents were from Kentucky, owners of several small farms.  They raised and sold Berkshire Hog and Southdown Sheep.  Confederate properties were seized as a result of the American Civil War […]

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Thu, 02.07.2020

Hughes Allison, Author born

*The birth of Hughes Allison is celebrated on this date in 1908.  He was a Black author.  Born in Greenville, South Carolina, in 1919, his family moved north to Newark, New Jersey, where he attended high school and college. Although he initially wanted to become a doctor, Allison found writing to be his true calling […]

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Thu, 02.07.2020

Steve Cannon, Writer born

*On this date in 1935, Steve Cannon was born.  He was a Black writer and publisher.  Cannon was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and moved to New York City in 1962. During the civil rights era, he was a member of the Society of Umbra, a collective of Black writers.  Cannon taught humanities at Medgar Evers College, helping to […]

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Sat, 27.06.2020

Aesop’s Fables’ first publication in English

*Aesop’s Fables was published in English for the first time on this date in 1484. Aesop’s Fables is a collection of stories credited to Aesop, a North African slave and storyteller who lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564 Published by William Caxton, these diverse origins and stories by Aesop have descended to modern […]

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Fri, 12.06.2020

James McPherson Author born

*James McPherson was born on this date in 1943.  He was a Black essayist and short-story writer. James Alan McPherson was born in Savannah, Georgia the second of four children.  His father was a master electrician (the first Black so recognized in Georgia), and his mother Mabel Small was a maid.  While McPherson was growing […]

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Tue, 02.06.2020

Walter Scott Sr. born

*Walter Scott. was born on this date in 1929.  He was a Black author, historian and self-publisher.  Walter R. Scott Sr. was born in Greenville Mississippi the son of George and Cozy Grossley Scott.   His father was also related to Baseball’s George Scott of the Kansas City Royals.  As young boy he moved to Chicago […]

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Thu, 14.05.2020

Juan Latino, Poet born

*The birth of Juan Latino c1518 is celebrated on this date.  He was a Black Spanish professor and writer in Granada during the sixteenth century.   Born Juan de Sessa in Baena he was the son of Black slaves of the second Duke consort of Sessa since 1520, Luis Fernández de Córdoba, Latino went to Granada where he was educated […]

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Tue, 28.04.2020

William Allen born

*William Allen was born on this date in 1830.  He was a white-American classical scholar, abolitionist and an editor of the first book of American slave songs.   William Francis Allen was born in Northborough, Massachusetts in 1830. He graduated Harvard College in 1851; later he traveled and studied in Europe. A Unitarian, he considered the ministry before deciding to pursue a literary and scholarly […]

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Sun, 26.04.2020

Karel Shook born

*Karel Shook was born on this date in 1920.  He was a white-American ballet master, choreographer, stage administrator and writer. Karel Shook was born in Renton, Washington and was a child actor in the Seattle Repertory Theatre. He was awarded a scholarship to the Cornish College of the Arts at the age of 13; there, he was encouraged by founder Nellie Cornish to study […]

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Fri, 24.04.2020

Treasured Friendships and Career Moments as a Writer, David Mura

David Mura, Japanese American poet, playwright and literacy activist shares two of his many treasured non-white relationships and career moments

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

I want me a home Man do you hear me I want me a home you understand. You done stood and let that cracker take my home Now I ... BLACK WOMAN THROWS A TANTRUM by Nayo Barbara Malcolm Watkins.
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