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Thu, 09.07.2020

Walter McAfee, Scientist born

*Walter McAfee was born on this date in 1914.  He was a was a Black scientist and astronomer.  Walter Samuel McAfee was born in Ore City, Texas; his parents were Luther F. McAfee and Suzie A. Johnson; he was the second of their nine children. At three months old, the family moved to Marshall, Texas, where McAfee would grow […]

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Tue, 07.07.2020

Robert L. Williams, Psychologist born

*Robert Williams was born on this date in 1930.  He is a Black professor emeritus of psychology and African and Afro-American studies.  Robert Lee Williams was born in Biscoe, Arkansas. His father, Robert L. Williams, worked as a millwright and died when his son was just five years old. Williams’ mother, Rosie L. Williams, worked […]

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Sun, 14.06.2020

Mary Munson Runge, Pharmacist born

*Mary Munson Runge was born on this date in 1928.  She was a Black Pharmacist, and medical rights advocate.  Born Mary Lowery, she was born in Donaldsonville, Louisiana.  Runge’s father, John Harvey Lowery, was a pharmacy owner and a physician, notable for running the first pharmacy in Donaldsonville.   Runge graduated from the Xavier University […]

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Wed, 10.06.2020

Benjamin F. Scott, Chemist born

*Benjamin Franklin Scott was on this date in 1922.  He was a Black chemist.  Born in Florence, South Carolina, he was the son of Benny and Viola Scott and had two older sisters, Mary and Rosa.  Scott earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1942 from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Scott continued his education […]

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Mon, 08.06.2020

Sylvia Drew Ivie born

*Sylvia Drew Ivie, was born on this date in 1944.  She is a Black Mental Health Advocate, Lawyer and activist.  From Washington DC. She is the youngest daughter of Dr. Charles Richard Drew and Minnie Lenora Robbins Drew.  She has 2 sisters and a younger brother.  She graduated from the Oakwood School in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.  […]

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Mon, 08.06.2020

Wangarĩ Maathai born

*Wangarĩ Maathai was born on this date in 1940.  She was a Black Kenyan social, environmental and political activist.   Wangarĩ Muta Maathai was born in the village of Ihithe, Nyeri District, in the central highlands of Kenya. Her family is Kikuyu, the most populous ethnic group in Kenya, and had lived in the area […]

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Mon, 08.06.2020

The Green Belt Movement formed

*On this date in 1977, we celebrate the founding of the Green Belt Movement (GBM).   They are an indigenous, grassroots, non-governmental organization based in Nairobi, Kenya. GBM takes a holistic approach to a development by focusing on environmental conservation, community development and capacity building. Professor Wangari Maathai established the organization under the auspices of the National Council of Women of Kenya, […]

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Thu, 04.06.2020

Provident Hospital, Baltimore opens

*On this date in 1894, Provident Hospital opened in in northwest Baltimore, Maryland.  They started as a 10-bed clinic in a private residence at 419 Orchard St to provide both medical treatment and training for Black nurses and doctors. An all-Black medical facility was in need in the late nineteenth and twentieth century due to Blacks not […]

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Thu, 28.05.2020

Dr. William Conan Davis born

*Dr. William Davis was born on this date in 1926.  He is a Black research scientist, professor emeritus (biochemistry) and inventor.   William Conan Davis was born in Waycross, Georgia to Kince Charles Davis and his wife Laura Jane (née Cooper. Kince Davis’ family were of Ethiopian Jews and he read Hebrew but not English.  He was employed as a railway construction engineer and crew boss, […]

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Mon, 25.05.2020

Green For All founded

*On This Earth Day, we celebrate Green For All.  Founded in September 2007, Green For All is an environmental justice organization whose stated goal is to build a green economy while simultaneously lifting citizens out of poverty. It is a DC-based group that brings unions and environmentalists together to push for anti-poverty measures and a clean-energy economy. Green For All […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

I want me a home Man do you hear me I want me a home you understand. You done stood and let that cracker take my home Now I ... BLACK WOMAN THROWS A TANTRUM by Nayo Barbara Malcolm Watkins.
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