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Tue, 21.09.2021

Reginald Weir, Doctor, and Tennis Pioneer born

*Reginald Weir was born on this date in 1911. was a Black tennis player and physician. Reginald Storum Weir was born on September 30, 1911, in Washington, D.C. Weir was a graduate of the medical school of New York University and practiced family medicine from 1935 to 1985. Weir was captain of the City College […]

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Wed, 01.09.2021

John Ware, Cowboy, and Rancher born

*The birth of John Ware is celebrated on this date in c. 1845. He was a Black Canadian cowboy who was influential in the early years of the burgeoning ranching industry in Southern Alberta. John Ware was born into slavery on a plantation near Georgetown, South Carolina. However, on his marriage certificate, Ware himself stated […]

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Wed, 01.09.2021

Bessie Stringfield, Motorcyclist born

 *The birth of Bessie Stringfield is celebrated on this date in 1911. She was a Black motorcyclist and civilian motorcycle dispatch rider for the US Army during World War II. She was born Bessie Beatrice White to Maggie Cherry and James White, living in Edenton, North Carolina. In later years, she created a different version […]

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Tue, 24.08.2021

Hernando de Soto, Explorer born

*The birth of Hernando de Soto is celebrated on this date in 1496. He was a Spanish explorer, slave trader, and conquistador who was involved in the middle passage.   His expeditions in Nicaragua and the Yucatan Peninsula included the conquest of the Inca Empire in Peru. He led the first European expedition deep into the territory of the […]

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Sat, 21.08.2021

Doug Williams, Football, Player, and Administrator born

*Doug Williams was born on this date in 1955. He is a Black football executive and former quarterback and coach. Douglas Lee Williams was born in Zachary, Louisiana, a town of about 8,000 people located near Baton Rouge. Williams attended Grambling State University where he played under head coach Eddie Robinson. In his first two seasons, he played […]

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Sun, 25.07.2021

Phillip “Daddy” Reid, Businessman born

*Phillip “Daddy” Reid was born on this date in 1854.  He was a Black businessman, baseball administrator, and manager. Phillip Edward Reid was from in Frankfort, Kentucky. Not much is known about his childhood other than he grew up in a slave-holding state and would have been very young at the end of the American […]

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Wed, 21.07.2021

Louise Mae Stokes Fraser, Olympic Athlete born

*Louise Mae Stokes Fraser was born on this date in 1913. She was a Black track and field athlete. The oldest of six children, Louise Mae Stokes was born in Malden, Massachusetts to William, a gardener, and Mary Wesley Stokes, a domestic. She started running while a student at Beebe Junior High, where she was […]

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Sun, 18.07.2021

The First American Transcontinental Airplane Flight by Black Aviators is Completed

*On this date in 1932, the first American transcontinental airplane flight by Black aviators was completed. James Banning and Thomas Allen took off from Los Angeles’ Dycer Airport on September 19, 1932.   They made stops en route to New York. On October 9th, 1932, they circled Manhattan, looking down at what was “the biggest thrill […]

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Sun, 18.07.2021

Thomas C. Allen, Aviator born

*Thomas Allen was born on this date in 1907. He was a Black aviation mechanic and pilot. Thomas Cox Allen was born in Quitman, Wood County, Texas, the youngest of three children; both of his parents were teachers. Allen’s father died when he was three months old. His mother, Polly, continued to teach school and […]

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Wed, 07.07.2021

Gene Upshaw, Football Player, and Union Leader born

Gene Upshaw was born on this date in 1945. He was a Black football player and union administrator.

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

The sale began-young girls were there, Defenseless in their wretchedness, Whose stifled sobs of deep despair Revealed their anguish and distress. And Mothers stood with streaming eyes, And saw their dearest children... THE SLAVE AUCTION by Frances E. W. Harper.
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