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Thu, 19.11.2020

Johanna July born

*The birth of Johanna July is celebrated on this date in 1850.   She was a Black Seminole cowgirl.  From northern Mexico, July was the daughter of a Seminole Native American and a Black African slave.   Her family had left Florida and settled in northern Mexico after the Seminole War ended in 1842.  Around 1871 they […]

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Tue, 10.11.2020

Earl Bowman Jr. born

*Earl Bowman, Jr was born on this date in 1927.  He was a Black teacher, coach and administrator.  Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota Earl Wesley Bowman was the son of Earl W. Bowman and Edith Peery Bowman.  He had one brother, Henry and two sisters, Alice and Harriet.  After graduating from Minneapolis Central High School he […]

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Sun, 08.11.2020

Jim ‘Mudcat’ Grant, Baseball Pitcher born

*”Mudcat” Grant was born on this date in 1935.  He is a Black Major League Baseball pitcher (retired).  James Timothy “Mudcat” Grant was born in Lacoochee, Florida, then a lumber town, is about 40 miles north of Tampa. He was one of seven children born to James and Viola Grant. Like many of the residents […]

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Sat, 07.11.2020

The Black 14 episode occurs

*On this date in 1969, the Black 14 episode occurred.  This racial incident began when white Wyoming University head coach Lloyd Eaton dismissed 14 Black football players from the team.  At the previous year’s win over BYU at Provo, the Wyoming Black players had been subjected to racial epithets, and they asked Eaton if they […]

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Tue, 03.11.2020

Don Haskins born

*Don Haskins was born on this date in 1930.  He was a white-American college basketball coach.  From Enid, Oklahoma, he was nicknamed “The Bear” and from 1949 – 1952, played college basketball for three years under coach Henry Iba at Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University).  After college and a stint with the Amateur Athletic […]

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Sun, 25.10.2020

Ferguson Jenkins born

*Ferguson Jenkins was born on this date in 1942.  He is a Black Canadian former professional baseball pitcher and coach.   Ferguson Arthur “Fergie” Jenkins was born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, the only child of Delores Jackson and Ferguson Jenkins Sr. His father, a chef and chauffeur, was the son of immigrants from Barbados, while […]

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Sun, 25.10.2020

John Howard Armstrong born

*John Armstrong Howard was born on this date in 1888.   He was a Black Canadian track and field athlete thought, the first Black Olympic athlete from Canada.     Born in the United States, he was the son of Robert and Cornelia Howard, he came to Winnipeg with his father in 1907 who worked as a […]

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Sun, 25.10.2020

Sprinter, Harry Jerome born

*Harry Jerome was born on this date in 1940.  He was a Black Canadian Olympic athlete and businessman.  Born Henry Winston Jerome in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, one of five children to Harry Sr., his wife Elsie.  In the 1950s Jerome and his family eventually moved to North Vancouver where they were the only Black people […]

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Sat, 24.10.2020

Marques Haynes born

*Marques Haynes was born on this date in 1926.  He was a Black basketball player.   A native of Sand Springs, OK, Haynes’ basketball career began at Booker T. Washington High School, where he led the school to a high school national championship in 1941 and was named a Second Team scholastic All-America that season. Haynes […]

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Thu, 08.10.2020

Joseph Searles III born

*Joseph Searles was born on this date in 1942.  He was a Black professional football player and is lawyer, businessman, and community administrator. Joseph L. Searles, III was raised in Ft. Hood, Texas.  Young Searles was large enough to play with his father’s colleagues on the battalion team at a young age. He attended Killeen […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

Popsicle Cold Now that the story has moved out of the headlines the widow of the dead black hero stands alone at the public market purchasing polluted pork with government... POPSICLE COLD and CLAIRVOYANCE by Norman Jordan.
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