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Fri, 09.04.2021

Cleveland Abbott, Athlete and Teacher born

*Cleveland Abbott was born on this date in 1894. He was a Black football player, coach, and educator. Cleveland Leigh “Cleve” Abbott was born in Yankton, South Dakota., one of seven children to Albert Abbott and Mollie Brown Abbott. Abbott attended and graduated from high school 1908-1912 Watertown, South Dakota. He was an outstanding, multi-sport […]

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Fri, 09.04.2021

Samuel L. Ranson, All-Sport Athlete born

*The birth of Samuel Ransom is celebrated on this date in 1883. He was a Black high school, college, and professional athlete for several sports. He played professional football, baseball, and later coached college football. Some researchers believe he is the first Black to play college basketball. Samuel L. Ransom was born in Chicago, Illinois, […]

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Thu, 08.04.2021

Harry Haskell Lew, early Basketball Player born

*Harry Haskell Lew was born on this date in 1884.  He was a Black basketball player. Harry “Bucky” Lew was born in Pawtucketville section of Lowell, Massachusetts to William and Isabell (Brown) Lew. Young Lew was a talented musician and played a violin solo at his graduation from Pawtucketville Grammar School. In the late 1890s, […]

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Tue, 06.04.2021

Bob Trice, Baseball Player born

*Bob Trice was born on this date in 1926.  He was a Black baseball pitcher. A native of Newton, Georgia, Robert Lee Trice’s professional career began with the Homestead Grays of the Negro League’s where he played from 1948 to 1950. He was brought to Philadelphia in 1953 after winning 21 games for the Ottawa A’s […]

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Sat, 03.04.2021

Carlos Paula, Baseball Player born

*Carlos Paula was born on this date in 1927.  He was an Afro Cuban Major League Baseball right fielder.   A native of Havana, Cuba, Paula was acquired by Washington via a transaction with the Paris Indians Big State League before the 1954 season. He was sent to the Senators Charlotte, North Carolina affiliate, the […]

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Mon, 15.03.2021

Marvin Hagler, Boxer born

*Marvelous Marvin Hagler was born on this date in 1954.  He was a Black professional boxer and film actor.   Born Marvin Nathaniel Hagler, he spent his early years in the Central Ward of Newark, New Jersey.  Following the 1967 Newark Riots, his family moved to Brockton, Massachusetts.  The riots claimed 26 lives and $11 […]

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Thu, 04.03.2021

Enith Brigitha, Olymipic Swimmer born

*Enith Brigitha was born on this date in 1955.  She is a Black Dutch amateur swimmer and retired Olympic champion.  Born on the West Indian Island of Curacao, where she first learned to swim in the Caribbean Sea. By the time she moved to Holland with her mother and brother in 1970, she had become […]

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Tue, 02.03.2021

Robert W. Johnson, Doctor and Tennis Mentor born

*Robert W. Johnson was born on this date in 1899.  He was a Black physician and community activist.   Robert Walter Johnson was born in Norfolk, VA.  He graduated in 1924 from Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, he was a classmate of Melvin B. Tolson. Following a college career playing football at Pennsylvania’s Lincoln University as a […]

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Thu, 18.02.2021

Estevanico, 16th century Black Interpreter born

*The. Birth of Estevanico is celebrated on this date in c 1503.  Estevanico was a North African interpreter with Spain’s exploration of the Americas.  He was native of Azamor on the Atlantic coast of Morocco.  In Spain prior to 1527, he was baptized as a Catholic and became the slave of Andrés Dorantes de Carranza. […]

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Sun, 14.02.2021

The Harlem Renaissance Basketball team formed

*The Harlem Renaissance basketball team started on this date in 1923.  Also known as the Renaissance Big Five and as the Rens, was an all-Black professional basketball team established by Robert “Bob” Douglas in agreement with the Renaissance Casino and Ballroom.  The Casino and Ballroom at 138th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem was an […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

North of Dark North of Shango In kangaroo jungle of West Lost Dressed in hide of fox Dressed at last to kill Thirteen grains of sand Seven memories ... MEDICINE MAN by Calvin Hernton.
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