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Sun, 17.04.2022

David Driskell, Artist, and Art Educator born

*David C. Driskell was born on this date in 1931. He was a Black artist, scholar, professor, and curator, recognized for his work in establishing African American Art as a distinct field of study. David Clyde Driskell was born in Eatonton, Georgia, the son of George Washington Driskell, a Baptist minister, and Mary Cloud Driskell, […]

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Fri, 25.03.2022

Mohammad Helmy, Physician, and Activist born

*Mohammed Helmy was born on this date in 1901. He was a North African Egyptian doctor and WW II, activist. Helmy was born to an Egyptian army major and a Sudanese mother in Khartoum, Sudan. He went to Berlin in 1922 to study medicine. He would work as head of the urology department at the […]

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Thu, 03.03.2022

Sharon Barnes, Chemist, and Inventor born

*Sharon Barnes was born on this date in 1955. She is a Black chemist, biologist, and inventor. Born in Beaumont, Texas, she is the daughter of Selena and William Jefferson McDonald. She attended Sisblee High School, where she received three scholarships to attend college. In 1978, Barnes received her B.S. degree in biology-chemistry and clinical […]

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Fri, 21.01.2022

Herman G. Canady, Psychologist born

*Herman G. Canady was born on this date in 1901. He was a Black social psychologist, professor, and researcher.  Herman George Canady was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. He was the son of Rev. Howard T and Mrs. Anna Canady. He attended Douglass Elementary School and Favored High School in Guthrie, Oklahoma, and graduated from George […]

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Mon, 10.01.2022

Ophelia Garmon-Brown, Physician, and Community Activist born

*Ophelia Garmon-Brown was born on this date in 1954. She was a doctor (family medicine specialist), minister, author, and community activist. Ophelia Garmon was a Detroit native moving to eastern North Carolina with her family. Her interest in medicine began when her father died from encephalitis. She earned a degree in biology from North Carolina Central […]

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Thu, 06.01.2022

Mattiedna Johnson, Nurse, and Laboratory Technician born

*Mattiedna Johnson was born on this date in 1918. She was a Black nurse and laboratory technician. Mattiedna Johnson was born to sharecroppers in Mississippi. She weighed three and a half pounds at birth and was the fifth child born in her family. With concern about his daughter’s low birth weight, Johnson’s father pleaded to God to […]

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Thu, 06.01.2022

Hattie Bessent, Nurse, and Educator born

*Hattie Bessent was born on this date in 1908. She was a Black psychiatric nurse, educator, and administrator. From Florida, Bessent received her B.S. degree from Florida A&M University, an M.S. degree from Indiana University, and an EdD from the University of Florida in Psychological Foundations. After being trained as a psychiatric nurse, Bessent had a […]

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Thu, 06.01.2022

Betty Smith Williams, Nurse, and Administrator born

*The birth of Betty Smith Williams is celebrated on this date in 1929.   She is a Black nurse and administrator. Betty Smith was born in South Bend, Indiana. Her father was a minority rights activist and member of the Chapter of the NAACP. She was raised to advocate for equality and did just that. In […]

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Thu, 06.01.2022

The National Black Nurses Association is Formed

*The National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) was incorporated on this date in 1972. Founded in Cleveland, Ohio, the organization is dedicated to promoting African American women in nursing. At the American Nurses Association (ANA) Convention in 1970, 200 African American nurses proposed the formation of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA). After the convention, several nurses […]

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Tue, 21.12.2021

Oran Eagleson, Psychologist, and Professor born

*Oran Eagleson was born on this date in 1910. He was a Black professor and psychologist. Oran Wendle Eagleson was born in Unionville, Indiana. He worked shining shoes and shoe repair finisher from high school through graduate years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1931, and a master’s in 1932, both in Indiana. In Bloomington, […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

They shall go down unto life’s Borderland, Walk unafraid within that Living Hell, Nor heed the driving rain of shot and shell That round them falls; but with uplifted hand Be one with... SONNET TO NEGRO SOLDIERS by Joseph Seaman Cotter Jr.
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