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Thu, 08.04.2021

Hannah Moore, Writer born

*Hannah More was born on this date in 1745. She was a white-English poet and abolitionist. From Stapleton, Gloucestershire, England, Moore was the most influential female member of the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the African Slave Trade. She was educated at Bristol, an important slave-trading town, and began to publish her writing in […]

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Wed, 31.03.2021

Nathaniel Mackey, Writer born

*Nathaniel Mackey was born on this date in 1947.  He is a Black poet and novelist.   Mackey was born in Miami, Florida. He received a B.A. degree from Princeton University and a PhD. from Stanford University.  His books of poetry include Splay Anthem (New Directions, 2006), which won the 2006 National Book Award in Poetry; […]

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Thu, 18.03.2021

James Corrothers, Writer born

*James Corrothers was born on this date in 1869.  He was a Black poet, journalist, and minister.  James David Corrothers was born in Michigan and grew up in a small town of anti-slavery activists who settled before the American Civil War.  His parents were James Richard Carruthers (spelling later changed by Corrothers), a black soldier […]

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Sat, 06.03.2021

Catherine Allen Latimer Librarian born

*The birth of Catherine Allen Latimer is celebrated on this date in 1896.  She was a Black researcher and librarian.   Catherine Bosley Allen was born in Nashville, TN, in 1896 to Minta Bosley and H. W. Allen. Although she and her family were Black, Catherine was light-skinned and listed in the 1910 and 1930 […]

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Mon, 01.03.2021

Kevin Young, Poet and Administrator born

*Kevin Young was born on this date in 1970.  He is a Black poet, teacher and administrator.   Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, he is the only child of two working parents, his father, Dr. Paul E. Young, being an ophthalmologist and his mother, Dr. Azzie Young, a chemist. Due to the careers of both of his […]

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Mon, 01.03.2021

Colson Whitehead, Author born

*Colson Whitehead was born this date in 1969.  He is a Black author.   Arch Colson Whiteheadwas born in New York City and grew up in Manhattan. He is one of four children to entrepreneurial parents who owned an executive recruiting firm.  He attended the elite prep Trinity School in Manhattan and graduated from Harvard […]

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Fri, 19.02.2021

Monica Carrillo, Afro Peruvian Activist born

*Monica Carrillo was born on this date in 1984.  She is an Afro Peruvian poet, and activist.  She is from the community of Chincha, Peru. She holds a degree in journalism from the National University of San Marcos in Peru and received her degree in political journalism and cultural analysis from the University of Antonio […]

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Fri, 19.02.2021

Norman Forgue, Print Publisher born

*Norman W. Forgue was born on this date in 1904.  He was a Black printer, publisher and author.  Born in Chicago. His family lived at several houses in Chicago’s Near West Side neighborhood where his father had an ice delivery business in the 1910s. In an unpublished memoir of his youth, Suddenly I Remember, Forgue […]

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Fri, 19.02.2021

Thomas Detter, Author born

*The birth of Thomas Detter is celebrated on this date in 1830.  He was a Black author and minister. Thomas Detter was born in Maryland and educated in Washington, D.C., public schools. According to his father’s will, he was to have been apprenticed as a shoemaker until his twenty-first birthday. Detter emigrated to San Francisco, […]

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Sun, 07.02.2021

Pura Belpré, Afro Puerto Rican Writer born

*Pura Belpré was born on this date in 1899.  She was an Afro Puerto Rican writer, collector of folktales, and puppeteer.   Belpré was born in Cidra, Puerto Rico.  She graduated from Central High School in Santurce, Puerto Rico in 1919 and enrolled at the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras, where she originally […]

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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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