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Mon, 22.07.2019

George Padmore, Pan-Africanist born

*George Padmore was born on this date in 1903.  He was Afro-Caribbean Pan-Africanist, journalist, and author.   Malcolm Ivan Meredith Nurse, better known by his penname George Padmore, was born in the Arouca District, Tacarigua, Trinidad, of the British West Indies. His paternal great-grandfather was an Asante warrior who was taken prisoner and sold into slavery at Barbados, where his grandfather was born.  His father, James Hubert Alfonso Nurse, […]

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Tue, 04.06.2019

Writer, Binyavanga Wainaina born

*Binyavanga Wainaina was born on this date in 1971. He was a Kenyan author, professor, journalist and LGBT activist.   Binyavanga Wainaina was born in Nakuru in Rift Valley Province, Kenya, he attended Moi Primary School in Nakuru, Mangu High School in Thika, and Lenana School in Nairobi. He later studied commerce at the University of Transkei in South Africa, where he went to live in 1991.  Following […]

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Sat, 23.03.2019

Arthur Fauset, Folklorist born

*Arthur Fauset was born on this date in 1899.  He was an African American civil rights activist, anthropologist, folklorist, and educator. Born in Flemington, New Jersey, Arthur Huff Fauset grew up in Philadelphia.  He was the middle child of three children in an interracial family. His father, Redmon Fauset, was African American and a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and his white wife, Bella, was Jewish. […]

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Wed, 20.03.2019

Charlotte Osgood Mason born

*Charlotte Osgood Mason was born on this date in 1854.  She was a white American socialite and philanthropist.  Born Charlotte Louise Van der Veer Quick, she was from Franklin Park, New Jersey. She was the daughter of Peter Quick and Phoebe Van der Veer. She was brought up by her maternal grandfather, Schenck Van der Veer, whose last name she took.  She married Rufus […]

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Fri, 08.03.2019

Writer and Literary Critic Anatole Broyard born

*Anatole Broyard was born on this date in 1920. He was an African American writer and literary critic.  Anatole Paul Broyard was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, into a blackCreole family, descended from ancestors who were established as free people of color before the Civil War. The first Broyard recorded in Louisiana was a French colonist in the mid-eighteenth century.  He was […]

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Sat, 16.02.2019

Ethel Ray Nance born

*Ethel Ray Nance was born on this date in 1899.  She was an African American writer, activist and administrator.   Ethel Ray was born in Duluth, Minnesota. She was the youngest of four children born to William H. Ray, an African American from North Carolina and a Swedish mother. She was raised in Iowa by a German […]

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Fri, 23.11.2018

Mark Twain born

*Mark Twain was born on this date in 1835.  He was a white American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri, the sixth of seven children born to Jane Lampton, a native of Kentucky, and John Marshall Clemens, a native of Virginia.  His parents met when his father moved to Missouri, they were married in […]

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Sun, 18.11.2018

Ijeoma Oluo, Information Literacy Ambassador born

*Ijeoma Oluo was born on this date in 1980. She is an African American Writer, Information Literacy Ambassador and poet. From in Denton, Texas, her father, Samuel Lucky Onwuzip Oluo, is from Nigeria and black, and her mother is Susan Jane Hawley from Kansas and is white. Her younger brother is jazz musician Ahamefule J. Oluo.   She was married to Chad R. Jacobson from […]

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Sat, 20.10.2018

Juan Williams born

*Juan Williams was born on this date in 1954. is a Black Panamanian American journalist, author and political analyst. Juan Antonio Williamswas born in Colón, Panama, to Akin Jules Williams and Sharon Williams, who were both Panamanian. When he was a child his family moved to America.  He graduated in 1972 from Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie, New […]

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Sun, 02.09.2018

Wanda Coleman born

*Wanda Coleman was born on this date in 1946.  She was an African American poet.  Wanda Evans was born in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, where she grew up during the 1950s and 1960s. She is the eldest of four children. Her parents were George and Lewana (Scott) Evans, who were introduced to one another at church by […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

This is an African worm but then a worm in any land is still a worm. It will not stride, run, stand up before butterflies, who have passed their worm-like... THIS IS AN AFRICAN WORM by Margaret Danner.
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