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Tue, 14.01.2020

Rufus Stokes pioneer of Environmental Justice

*On this date in 1924, Rufus Stokes was born.  He was an African American mechanic, scientist and inventor.  Rufus Stokes grew up in the rural South and attended public school in Alabama until he was 18 years old. On November 5, 1940, just before receiving his high school diploma, Stokes enlisted in the US Army at Fort Benning, […]

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Fri, 03.01.2020

Louis Sullivan born

*On this date in 1933, Louis Sullivan was born.  He is an African American health policy leader, minority health advocate, author, physician, and educator.   Louis Wade Sullivan was born in Atlanta, Georgia, although his parents moved to rural Blakely, Georgia, shortly after he was born. His father was a mortician and his mother a teacher. His parents sent him, and his brother Walter, to live with friends […]

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Sat, 28.12.2019

Dr. Francis Collins born

*Dr. Francis Collins of N.I.H. was born on born on this date in 1950.  He is a white-American physician-geneticist who discovered the genes associated with a number of diseases and led the Human Genome Project. He is director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, United States. Before being appointed director of the NIH, Collins led the Human […]

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Wed, 25.12.2019

The Black Cross Nurses Association formed

*On National Nurse Day May 6, this date in 1920, Black Cross Nurses are affirmed.  The organization was the women’s auxiliary of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League.   Officially the Universal African Black Cross Nurses; an international organization of nurses which was founded based upon the model of the Red Cross. They were established to provide health […]

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Sun, 15.12.2019

Claudette Colvin born

*Claudette Colvin was born this date in 1939.  She is a retired African American nurse aide and activist who was a pioneer of the 1950s civil rights movement.   The daughter of Mary Jane Gadson and C. P. Austin, she was born Claudette Austin. Her parents were not able to financially support her, so she was adopted by Mary […]

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Sun, 17.11.2019

Charles B. Purvis born

*Charles Burleigh Purvis was born on this date in 1842.  He was a black physician. Purvis was born in Philadelphia, PA., his parents were white abolitionist Robert Purvis and Harriet Forten Purvis. Charles was the fifth of eight children and worked on the farm as a young man. He attended some public schools, but most of his schooling was […]

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Sat, 09.11.2019

Cell Phone Pioneer Jesse Russell born

*Jesse Russell was born on this date in 1948.  He is an African American inventor and IT entrepreneur.   Jesse Eugene Russell was born in Nashville, Tennessee in the United States of America into a large African American family with eight brothers and two sisters. He is the son of Charles Albert Russell and Mary Louise Russell. His early childhood […]

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Thu, 24.10.2019

Harlem Hospital Opens

*Harlem Hospital opened on this date in 1897.  Now called Harlem Hospital Center and branded as NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem, it originated in a three-story building that housed 54 beds. The hospital was originally served as a center for patients waiting to be transferred to Bellevue Hospital. Harlem Hospital was founded under the control of the Department of […]

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Sun, 20.10.2019

Martha Franklin, Nursing Pioneer born

*Martha Franklin was born on this date in 1870.  She was an African American nurse and activist.   Martha Minerva Franklin was born in New Milford, Connecticut to Mary E. Gauson and Henry J. Franklin.  Her father had been a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War.   She graduated from Meriden Public High School in 1890 as the only black student of her class. […]

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Sat, 07.09.2019

The Cell Phones Ally, Henry T. Sampson Jr.

*The birth of Henry Sampson Jr. in 1934 is celebrated on this date.  He was an African American engineer, inventor (closely associated with the cell phone), author and film historian.   Henry Thomas Sampson, Jr. was from Jackson, Mississippi, he graduated from Lanier High School in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1951. He attended Morehouse College before transferring to Purdue University, where he became […]

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Poetry Corner

In a house of empty rooms, I thought I heard a door close down the long hall. I couldn’t know whether someone had entered, whether someone had left. No further step,... A CLOSING by May Miller
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