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Thu, 22.07.2021

Hoyt Fuller, Author, and Editor born

 *Hoyt W. Fuller was born on this date in 1923. He was an American editor, educator, critic, and author. Hoyt William Fuller was born in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1927, his mother, Lillie Beatrice Ellafair Thomas died. Shortly afterward in the same year Fuller’s father, Thomas Fuller, died. Young Fuller went to live with his aunt […]

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Wed, 21.07.2021

Rufus Perry, Minister, and Journalist born

*Rufus Perry was born on this date in 1834. He was a Black educator, journalist, and Baptist minister. Rufus L. Perry was born a slave on a plantation in Smith County, Tennessee to Lewis Perry and Maria. The family was owned by Archibald W. Overton. His father was a talented mechanic, carpenter, and cabinet maker, […]

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Thu, 15.07.2021

Alexandre Dumas Fils, Playwright born

*Alexandre Dumas fils was born on this date in 1824. He was a Black French author and playwright. Dumas fils was born in Paris, France, the illegitimate quarteron child of Marie-Laure-Catherine Labay, a dressmaker, and novelist Alexandre Dumas. In 1831 his father legally recognized him and ensured that the young Dumas received the best education possible at the Institution Goubaux and the Collège […]

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Thu, 08.07.2021

Patricia Smith, Writer, and Spoken Word Artist born

*Patricia Smith was born on this date in 1955. She is a Black poet, spoken-word performer, playwright, author, writing teacher, and former journalist. Patricia Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois. She attended Southern Illinois University and Northwestern University. She has published poems in literary magazines and journals including TriQuarterly, Poetry, The Paris Review, Tin House, and in anthologies including American […]

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Mon, 28.06.2021

Rosetta Douglass-Sprague, Educator, and Activist born

*Rosetta Douglass-Sprague was born on this date in 1839. She was a Black teacher and activist. She was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts to Anna Murray-Douglass and Frederick Douglass. When she was five, she moved with her parents to Lynn, Massachusetts. She was the eldest of five children. She was a critical thinker like her father but struggled […]

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Mon, 28.06.2021

‘The New Negro’ is Published

*The publication of The New Negro: An Interpretation is celebrated on this date in 1925. This is an anthology of fiction, poetry, and essays on African and African American art and literature edited by Alain Locke. This collection of creative efforts came out of the New Negro Movement or Harlem Renaissance, the book is considered by literary scholars and […]

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Mon, 28.06.2021

The Saturday Evening Quill is Published

*The publication of the Saturday Evening Quill is celebrated on this date in 1928. It was a short-lived Black literary magazine of the Harlem Renaissance. It was founded by the journalist Eugene Gordon. In 1925, Boston-based journalist Eugene Gordon organized a Black literary group, the Saturday Evening Quill Club (also known as the Boston Quill Club). Its […]

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Sat, 05.06.2021

Roy McBride, Poet born

*Roy McBride was born on this date in 1943. He was a Black teacher, writer, community activist, and poet/spoken word artist. Roy Chester McBride was from Magnolia, Arkansas, and was the firstborn of Roger and Lacinea McBride, McBride fell in love with books and reciting words as a child. The Arkansas native moved to the […]

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Fri, 04.06.2021

William Ansah Sessarakoo, Merchant born

*The birth of William Ansah Sessarakoo is celebrated on this date in c. 1736.  He was a Black slave trader and writer. He was both prominent among his Fante people and influential among Europeans concerned with the Middle Passage. Ansah was born in Annamaboe, the then-largest slave-trading port on the Gold Coast (modern-day Ghana). His father, John […]

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Fri, 04.06.2021

Adolf Gustaf Badin, Royal Servant born

*The birth of Adolf Gustaf Badin is celebrated on this date c1750. He was an Afro Swedish court servant and chronicler. He was born in Africa or the Danish island Saint Croix and enslaved at birth. He said that the only thing he remembered about his past was his parents’ hut burning. It is known […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

Not a new thing but an excavated gem long lost in centuries of self-separations. Will make a man strong ready to die for his woman/ child/ and country/ which is obscured in doubt. the priceless dynamo called human... BLACK ETHICS by Sterling D. Plumpp.
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