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Sun, 10.03.2024

Luís Gama, Journalist and Abolitionist born.

*Luís Gama was born on this date in 1830. He was an Afro Brazilian self-taught lawyer, abolitionist, orator, journalist, and writer. He was a black intellectual in 19th-century slave-owning Brazil who spent his life fighting for the abolition of slavery and for the end of the monarchy in Brazil. Luís Gonzaga Pinto da Gama was born in […]

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Sat, 11.11.2023

The Brownies’ Book is Published

*The Brownies’ Book publication is celebrated on this date in 1919. This was the first magazine published for African American children and youth in the United States. Three people created the magazine. Its editor was W. E. B. Du Bois, one of the founders of the NAACP, and its business manager was Augustus Granville Dill. The magazine’s […]

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Sat, 07.10.2023

Pilar Barrios, Poet, and Journalist born.

*Pilar Barrios was born on this date in 1889. He was an Afro-Uruguayan poet. He was born in Rocha Department, Uruguay, with a brother, Ventura, and a sister, Maria, both writers. Barrios was an essential poet of the Black community of Uruguay and one of the founders of the Partido Autóctono Negro. His poetry demonstrated an understanding of […]

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Sat, 23.09.2023

Edward N. Harleston, Poet and Journalist born.

*Edward N. Harleston was born on this date in 1869. He was a Black poet and journalist. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Edward Nathaniel Harleston worked as a carpenter machinist and owned a funeral home early in his life. After his first wife, Mattie Gadsen, died in 1895, he moved to Atlantic City and became superintendent of […]

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Tue, 05.09.2023

Theresa Venable, Librarian and Administrator born.

*Theresa Venable was born on this date in 1948.  She is a Black educator, historian, and retired librarian. From Knoxville, TN, Theresa Evans Venable earned a B.S. in Elementary Education and an M.S. in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. For thirty years, she was an elementary and middle school reading and […]

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Fri, 18.08.2023

Marguerite DeMond, Archivist born.

*Marguerite DeMond was born on this date in 1907. She was a Black archivist and curator. Born in Buxton, Iowa, her father was Abraham Lincoln DeMond, and her mother was Lula Irene Watkins. She lived in Macon, Bibb, Georgia, in 1910 and Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, in 1920.  Marguerite Lula DeMond attended Avery Normal Institute. She also […]

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Fri, 18.08.2023

Michael DeMond Davis, Journalist born.

*Michael DeMond Davis was born on this date in 1939. He was a Black journalist and a pioneer in African American journalism, opening the doors for many African American writers. Michael Davis was born in Washington, D.C., the son of John P. Davis and Marguerite DeMond Davis, and grew up in a black middle class […]

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Fri, 18.08.2023

John P. Davis, Journalist born

*John P. Davis was born on this date in 1905. He was a Black journalist, lawyer, and activist administrator. John Preston Davis was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Dr. William Henry Davis and Julia Davis. In the 1920s, his father was Secretary to the Presidential Commission investigating the economic conditions in the Virgin […]

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Fri, 18.08.2023

Our World Magazine is published.

*The first publication of Our World magazine was on this date in 1946. Our World was a magazine for African American readers founded by John P. Davis.   Our World Magazine was a full-size, nationally distributed magazine. Their first issue, which featured singer-actress Lena Horne on the cover, arrived on the nation’s newsstands in the spring. Our World […]

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Fri, 30.06.2023

Marion Patrick Jones, Librarian and Novelist born

*Marion Jones was born on this date in 1931. She was a Black Trinidadian librarian and novelist. Marion Patrick Jones was born in Woodbrook, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Her father, Patrick Jones, was of African/Chinese heritage and was a leading Trinidadian trade unionist and socio-political activist at the turn of the 20th century. She […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

*Hear ye, hear ye This court is now in session His Honor, Judge Pigmeat Markham presidin Hear ye, hear ye, the court of swing It's just about ready to do that thing I don't... HERE COMES THE JUDGE by Pigmeat Markham
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