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Wed, 03.04.2019

Paula Marcela Moreno Zapata born

*Paula Marcela Moreno Zapata was born on this date in 1978.  She is an Afro-Colombian engineer, professor and public policy advocate.   Born in Bogata, Paula Marcela Moreno Zapatais the daughter of Armando Moreno, a retired civil servant of the Bogotá Aqueducts, and María Zényde Zapata, a lawyer.   In 1998, Moreno graduated with a degree in Italian Language and Culture from Istituto Italiano di […]

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Wed, 03.04.2019

Chicago elects its first Black Women Mayor

*On this date in 2019, the first black woman was elected mayor of Chicago, Illinois.  Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot easily won the Chicago mayor’s race earning support from every part of the city to defeat a longtime political insider.    She also become the first openly gay person to lead the United States of Americas third-largest […]

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Sun, 17.02.2019

Tippu Tip, entrepreneur and slave trader born

*This date marks Independence Day for the African Country Zanzibar in 1961. We chose this date to celebrate the birth of Tippu Tip circa 1832.  He was a Swahili Zanzibar slave owner and slave trader to European colonist.   It is believed that Tippu Tip was born in Zanzibar, his birth name was Hamad bin Muhammad bin […]

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Sat, 16.02.2019

Issac Woodard Jr. born

*Isaac Woodard Jr. was born on this date in 1919.  He was a decorated African American World War IIveteran and hate crime victim. Woodard was born in Fairfield County, South Carolina, and grew up in Goldsboro, North Carolina. He attended local segregated schools, often underfunded for blacks during the Jim Crow years.  On October 14, 1942, the 23-year-old Woodard enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort Jackson in Columbia, […]

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Sat, 26.01.2019

Franklin Hall Williams, attorney born

*Franklin Hall Williams was born on this date in 1917.  He was an African American lawyer and civil rights leader. Williams was born in Flushing, Queens, his mother died when he was 2 years old; he was raised by his grandparents. He graduated from Pennsylvania’s Lincoln University in 1941. In 1945 he earned a law degree from Fordham University, after […]

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Fri, 25.01.2019

Brazil’s 5 official census color classifications explained, Juliana Ramos

Public Policy advocate Juliana Ramos shares her views on Brazil’s 5 census color classifications and where the Afro Brazilian intersectionality occurs and does not

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Sat, 12.01.2019

Rosanell Eaton, passion for education and public policy

*Rosanell Eaton was born on this date 1921.  She was an African American teacher and voting rights activist.  She was born on a farm outside Louisburg North Carolina, a granddaughter of slaves and the youngest of seven children. After her father died when she was 2, Eaton’s mother became a sharecropper.  In the early years of her life, Eaton farmed for […]

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Sun, 06.01.2019

Lyndon Baines Johnson born

*Lyndon Johnson was born on this date in 1908.  Often referred to by his initials LBJ, he was a white American politician and former teacher. Lyndon Baines Johnson was born in a farmhouse in Stonewall, Texas, Johnson was  the oldest of Samuel Ealy Johnson Jr. and Rebekah Baines Johnson’s five children. The Johnson family, known for farming and ranching, had settled […]

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Thu, 06.12.2018

Freddie Stowers born

*Freddie Stowers was born on this date in 1896.  He was an African American corporal in the United States Army. Stowers was born in Sandy Springs, South Carolina, the grandson of slaves.  As a young adult he worked as a farmhand and married a woman named Pearl, with whom he had one daughter, Minnie Lee. Stowers was drafted into the Army in […]

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Tue, 04.12.2018

Tulsa’s Child, Olivia J. Hooker

*Olivia Hooker was born on this date in 1915.  She was an African American psychologist and professor. Olivia J. Hooker was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma.  At the age of six during the Tulsa race riots of 1921, Ku Klux Klan members ransacked her home while she hid under a table with her three siblings. Hooker later was a founder of the Tulsa Race […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

these hips are big hips they need space to move around in. they don't fit into little petty places. these hips are free hips. they don't like to be... HOMAGE TO MY HIPS by Lucille Clifton
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