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Wed, 01.11.2023

Homer Jack, Minister and Activist born.

*Homer Jack was born on this date in 1916. He was a white-American Unitarian Universalist clergyman, pacifist, and social activist. From Rochester, NY., Homer A. Jack was an only child to active socialist parents. His grandparents had immigrated from central and eastern Europe to escape oppression and poverty. Like his parents, young Jack was a […]

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Tue, 12.09.2023

Cameron Alleyne, Bishop born.

*Cameron Alleyne was born on this date in 1880. He was a Caribbean-American bishop. Cameron Chesterfield Alleyne was born in Bridgetown, Barbados, to Robert Henry Alleyne and Amelia Anna Alleyne. He attended Naparima College in Trinidad between 1899 and 1903 before traveling to the United States for a Bachelor of Arts degree at Tuskegee Institute in […]

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Tue, 05.09.2023

Olive Chapel A.M.E. Church is Founded

*Olive Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church is celebrated on this date in 1853. The Reverend Jordan Winston Early founded the congregation. Services began in a private home. Also known as Olive Chapel AME Church, it is a historic church at 309 S. Harrison Avenue in Kirkwood, Missouri. It is the oldest Protestant church in Kirkwood. […]

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Tue, 05.09.2023

Jordan Winston Early, Minister born.

*Jordan Winston Early was born on this date in 1814. He was a Black Methodist preacher. Jordan Early was born into slavery in Franklin County, Virginia. After his mother’s death, when Early was three, he and his siblings were cared for by a maternal aunt, an uncle who taught him astronomy, and an older woman […]

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Fri, 18.08.2023

Abraham Lincoln DeMond, Minister and Activist born.

*Abraham Lincoln DeMond was born on this date in 1867. He was a Black minister and civil rights advocate in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Seneca, New York, DeMond was the son of Quam and Phebe (Darrow) DeMond. He was the first black graduate of the State Normal School at Cortland, […]

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Thu, 10.08.2023

Marie Laveau, Voodoo Practitioner born.

*Marie Laveau was born on this date in 1801. She was a Black Voodoo practitioner, herbalist, and midwife. Marie Catherine Laveau was born a Creole-free woman of color in New Orleans, Louisiana. Spanish colonial officials still administered Louisiana at the time of her birth. Her mother, Marguerite D’Arcantel, was a free woman of color of African, European, […]

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Thu, 10.08.2023

The First Calvary Baptist Church of Norfolk, VA, Opens

*The First Calvary Baptist Church of Norfolk is celebrated on this date in 1915. This is a historic black Baptist church located in Norfolk, Virginia. It is a four-story, 11-bay, brick church building in the Second Renaissance Revival style. The building features decorative terra cotta and a stained-glass dome. It has a two-tier, engaged entrance portico with […]

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Sun, 25.06.2023

Joseph Ritter, Prelate and Activist born

*Joseph Ritter was born on this date in 1892. He was a white-American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church and a racial justice activist. Born in New Albany, Indiana, Elmer Joseph Ritter was the fourth of Nicholas and Bertha (née Luette) Ritter’s six children. His father owned and operated the Ritter Bakery (where the family […]

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Mon, 12.06.2023

The Alfred Street Baptist Church is formed

*Alfred Street Baptist Church is celebrated on this date in 1803. This Baptist church in Alexandria, Virginia, is affiliated with the National Baptist Convention, USA. Among the main Black Churches in America, its first colored member, Susan Black, a black slave, was baptized in May 1803, and soon other coloreds were invited to join this integrated group. […]

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Wed, 05.04.2023

St. Stephen Baptist Church (Kansas City) holds its first service.

*On this date in 1903, St. Stephen Baptist Church held its first service. This church began with a courageous young preacher, Reverend James Wesley Hurse. Preaching from a tent and a few dedicated followers, they worked, prayed, and sacrificed on a street corner in “Bellevidere Hollow.” As a prominent leader, he became the second President of […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

A closed window looks down on a dirty courtyard, and black people call across or scream across or walk across defying physics in the stream of their will. Our world... KA ‘BA by Amiri Baraka.
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