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Mon, 09.12.2019

Idi Amin, Dictator born

*The birth of Idi Amin is celebrated on this date 1925.  He was a dictator and politician.  Idi Amin Dada was born in Koboko County in West Nile district of Uganda, home of the Kakwa tribe his birth year is estimated at 1925 because records were not kept for Ugandans. His father had spent much of his […]

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Wed, 27.11.2019

The Republican Party, a brief history

*On this date in 1854, the Republican Party was founded.   Also referred to as the GOP (Grand Old Party), they are one of the two major political parties in the United States; the other is the Democratic Party.   The GOP was founded in Alabama by opponents of the Kansas–Nebraska Act, which allowed for the potential expansion of slavery into certain U.S. territories. The party supported classical […]

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Sat, 23.11.2019

William L. Patterson born

*William Lorenzo Patterson was born on this date in 1891.  He was an African American Communists activist.  Born in San Francisco, California, his father, James Edward Patterson was from St. Vincent in the British Virgin Islands.  His mother, Mary Galt Patterson was born a slave in the state of Virginia.  She was the daughter of the organizer of a volunteer regiment of black soldiers who […]

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Fri, 22.11.2019

Seminole Chief Billy Bowlegs born

*November is Native American history month and the birth of Chief Billy Bowlegs in c. 1810, is celebrated on this date.   He was a Native American leader of the Seminoles and slave owner of Africans in Florida during the Second and Third Seminole Wars against the United States.  Bowlegs was born into a family of hereditary chiefs descended from Cowkeeper of the Oconee tribe of the Seminole in the […]

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Thu, 21.11.2019

Tallahassee’s son, James R. Ford born

*James R. Ford was born on this date in 1925.  He was an African American educator, politician, and businessman.   James Robert Ford was born in Leon County, Florida and grew up there, attending local segregated public schools. He went to college at Florida A&M University, where he earned his B.S. in 1950 and his MEd in 1959. He served […]

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Wed, 20.11.2019

Oliver Sutton born

*Oliver Sutton was born on this date in 1916.  He was an African American attorney and judge.   Born in San Antonio, Texas, he was the last of fifteen children born to Samuel (“S.J.”) Sutton and Lillian Sutton.  His father was born a slave and became an early 20th century civil-rights activist.  He was one of the first blacks in […]

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Tue, 12.11.2019

Marion Barry born

*Marion Barry was born on this date 1936.  He was an African American activist and politician.   Marion Shepilov Barry Jr. was born in rural Itta Bena, Mississippi, the third child of Mattie Cummings and Marion Barry.  His father died when he was four years old, and a year later his mother moved the family to Memphis, Tennessee, where her employment prospects were better.  His mother […]

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Mon, 11.11.2019

The Poll Tax in America, a brief story

*On this date in 1876, the American national election results brought in the illegal use of the Poll Tax in the United States.   Historically, Poll taxes had been a major source of government funding among the colonies which formed the United States. Poll taxes made up from one-third to one-half of the tax revenue of colonial Massachusetts. Various privileges […]

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Fri, 08.11.2019

The 14th Amendment is Adopted!

*On this date in 1868, the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was adopted.   Approved on, as one of the Reconstruction Amendments it is one of the most important American amendments to the present day, the amendment addresses citizenship rights and equal protection of the laws and was proposed in response to issues related to former slaves following the American Civil War. The […]

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Thu, 07.11.2019

G. J. Sutton born

*G.J. Sutton was born on this date in 1909.  He was an African American civil leader and politician.   His birth name was Garlington Jerome (G.J.) Sutton, the eighth of fifteen children. His parents Samuel and Lillian were both educators with his father being one of the first blacks in Bexar County. He also served as principal of three […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

and yeah, brothers, while white/America sings about the unsink able molly brown (who was hustling the titanic when it went down) I sing to thee of Shine the stoker who was... I SING OF SHINE by Etheridge Knight.
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