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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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Thu, 05.09.2019

My Favorite Books, Katie McWatt

Activist and Administrator Katie McWatt shares a few of her favorite Books

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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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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

What happens when an old black man, Toothless and raggedy, Walks into a bank, catches Some young, white, middle-manager's ear With a slurred tale of coins Hoarded from his wife and kids (Who would only... THRIFT by Cornelius Eady
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