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Blog Archive

Sat, 23.09.2023

Emma Chambers Maitland, Dancer and Boxer born

*Emma Chambers Maitland was born on this date in 1893. She was a Black dancer, teacher, and boxer. Born Jane Chambers, she was from near Richmond, Virginia, the daughter of Wyatt Chambers and Cora Chambers. Her parents were sharecroppers, and she had seven brothers. She was educated at a convent school in Rock Castle, Virginia, and […]

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Mon, 21.08.2023

Carl ‘Luz’ Long, Olympian and Soldier born.

*Carl ‘Luz’ Long was born on this date in 1913. He was a white German Olympic long jumper and soldier. Carl Ludwig ‘Luz’ Long was born in Leipzig, Stadtkreis Leipzig, Saxony, Germany.  He studied law at the University of Leipzig, and as a 21-year-old, 1.84-meter-tall (6’½”), Long had finished third in the 1934 European Championships […]

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Thu, 10.08.2023

Wilbanks K. Smith, Collegiate Football Player born

*Wilbanks K. Smith was born on this date in 1930. He was a white-American college football player from Mangum, Greer County, Oklahoma. In 1951, two brutal hits by Smith in a football game at Oklahoma A&M on Johnny Bright broke the Drake star running back’s jaw. Called the Johnny Bright Incident, the Des Moines Register captured the blows […]

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Mon, 12.06.2023

Stephanie Ready, Basketball Coach and Broadcaster born

*Stephanie Ready was born on this date in 1975. She is a Black TV broadcaster and semi-professional basketball coach. Born in Takoma Park, Maryland, Ready attended National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C., followed by Coppin State University in Baltimore, where she played basketball and volleyball for the Coppin State Eagles. She ranked in the top 10 on […]

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Mon, 12.06.2023

Ken Griffey Jr., Baseball Player born

*Ken Griffey Jr. was born on this date in 1969. Nicknamed “Junior” and “the Kid,” he is a Black retired professional baseball outfielder and coach. George Kenneth Griffey Jr. was born in Donora, Pennsylvania. His family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where his father, Ken Griffey Sr., played for the Cincinnati Reds when Ken Jr. was […]

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Thu, 11.05.2023

George Raveling, Basketball Coach born

*George Raveling was born on this date in 1937. He is a Black former college basketball player, author, and coach. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., George Henry Raveling played basketball in ninth grade. He attended St. Michael’s, a Catholic boarding school in Hoban Heights, Pennsylvania. His grandmother’s employer helped him enroll. Raveling’s father died […]

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Wed, 05.04.2023

The Leland Giants Baseball Team is formed

*The Leland Giants baseball team is celebrated on this date in 1901. They were a Negro League baseball team that competed independently during the first decade of the 20th century. Originally the Chicago Union Giants, they were a merger of the Chicago Unions and the Chicago Columbia Giants. In 1905, the team had a record of 43 […]

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Tue, 21.03.2023

Aaron Hewlett, Physical Edu. Instructor born

*The birth of Aaron Hewlett is celebrated on this date, c. 1820. He was a Black college instructor and administrator. Aaron Molyneaux Hewlett was born in New York City to Isaac and Rachel Hewlett. He lived in Brooklyn, worked as a Pullman porter, and taught boxing and wrestling. The New York Clipper, the leading New York […]

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Wed, 15.02.2023

Two Black Quarterbacks Start American Football’s Superbowl

*On this date in 2023, Super Bowl LVII marked the first time both teams started Black quarterbacks. Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles played against Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs. In 1988, Washington’s Doug Williams became the first Black quarterback to start — and win — a Super Bowl. Williams was the MVP of the game after […]

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Sun, 15.01.2023

Renee Powell, Golfer, Businesswoman born

*Renee Powell was born on born on this date in 1946. She is a Black professional golfer and Businesswoman. Renee Powell was born in East Canton, Ohio. She began playing golf at the age of three. Her father, Bill Powell, was the first Black person to create and build his golf course in America. He […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

rhythm and blues ain't what it used to be blues done got Americanize tellin' me that I should stay in school get off the streets and keep the summer... THE BLUES TODAY by Mae Jackson.
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