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Wed, 14.09.2022

Ramsey Lewis, Pianist and Composer born

*Ramsey Lewis was born on this date in 1935. He was a Black jazz composer, pianist, and radio personality. Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis Jr. was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Ramsey Lewis Sr. and Pauline Lewis. He began taking piano lessons at the age of four. As a young man, Lewis played with several local ensembles. Lewis would […]

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Mon, 05.09.2022

The Keystone Korner Jazz Club Opens

*The opening night of the Keystone Korner nightclub is celebrated on this date in 1972. The Keystone Korner was a jazz club in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. In 1969, Freddie Herrera bought Dino and Carlo’s Bar in the North Beach section of San Francisco. He changed the name to Keystone Korner, a reference to […]

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Thu, 01.09.2022

Thomas Rutling, Choral Singer born

*Thomas Rutling was born on this date in 1854. He was a Black slave, butler, voice teacher, and choral singer. From Tennessee, Thomas Rutling was born into slavery. His father was sold by slavers or had run away before his birth. Rutling was the youngest out of nine children. His mother was sold when he […]

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Mon, 29.08.2022

Tom Lemonier, Actor, and Composer, born

*Tom Lemonier was born on this date in 1870. He was a Black actor and composer. Little is known about his childhood. He contributed to popular music during the ragtime era, particularly active in Black Vaudeville. His work featured in various musicals. Some of his work was published by the Gotham-Attucks Music Publishing Company. Numerous recordings of his […]

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Tue, 23.08.2022

Lucien Lambert Jr., Pianist and Composer, born

*Lucien Lambert, Jr. was born on this date in 1858. He was a Black pianist and composer of American Creole descent. Lucien-Leon Lambert was the son of New Orleans composer Charles Lucien Lambert, who married a French woman and emigrated from the U.S. in 1854. Lambert, Jr. studied music with his father, Theodore Dubois, and Jules Massenet. After […]

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Tue, 23.08.2022

Eddie ‘LockJaw’ Davis, Musician born

*Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis was born on this date in 1922. He was a Black jazz tenor saxophonist. Born in New York City, Edward F. Davis began to make his mark on the jazz scene in New York when Davis worked at Clark Monroe’s Uptown House in the late 30s. Despite this establishment’s close ties with the emergence […]

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Tue, 23.08.2022

Bernice Johnson Reagon, Singer and Activist born

*Bernice Johnson Reagon was on this date in 1942. She is a Black folk song leader, composer, scholar, and social activist. Bernice Johnson was the daughter of Beatrice and J.J. Johnson, a Baptist minister. She was born and raised in southwest Georgia, where church and school were an integrated part of her life, with music heavily intertwined […]

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Tue, 23.08.2022

Cordell Reagon, Singer and Activist born

*Cordell Reagon was born on this date in 1943. He was a Black singer and activist. Cordell Hull Reagon was born in Nashville, Tennessee. Reagon was 16 years of age in 1959 when his powerful tenor voice spread the message of the American Civil Rights movement throughout the United States and Canada.  James Forman, executive secretary of SNCC, […]

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Tue, 23.08.2022

The SNCC Freedom Singers Are formed

*The SNCC Freedom Singers were formed on this date in 1962. The Freedom Singers were connected to the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which was formed in Raleigh, North Carolina, to organize against growing injustice and violence against black people. In the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins, four African American college students protested Jim Crow laws by sitting at a “whites-only” lunch […]

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Tue, 23.08.2022

Bettie Mae Fikes, Singer and Activist born

*Bettie Mae Fikes was born on this date in 1946. She is a Black gospel singer and activist. She was born in Selma, Alabama, and began singing gospel alongside her mother at age 4. Bettie Mae fikes is a descendant of a long line of country gospel singers and preachers. At 16, she became a […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

i went down to malcolmland me come back a man. me return with blackness drippin from my every breath. i went down to malcolmland unprepared but him gave me a grass... HALF BLACK, HALF BLACKER by Sterling Plumpp.
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