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Wed, 22.06.2022

Robert Hughes Sr., Basketball Coach born

*Robert Hughes Sr. was born on this date in 1928. He is a retired Black high school basketball coach. From Tulsa, Oklahoma, Robert Hughes Sr. joined the Army after high school. At 6’6″, he was recruited for a unit that just played basketball; it was the first integrated team Hughes ever played on. When he […]

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Wed, 22.06.2022

The Harlem Magicians Basketball Team, a story

*The Harlem Magicians was a basketball organization celebrated on this date in 1953. They were a Black basketball team. Lon Varnell founded them through his Varnell Enterprises, which was similar in fashion and activities to the exhibition basketball team, the Harlem Globetrotters. The full name of the barnstorming basketball team was the Fabulous Harlem Magicians, with […]

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Wed, 11.05.2022

Blake Bolden, Hockey Player born

 *Blake Bolden was born on this date in 1991. She is a (retired) Black women’s professional ice hockey player and current National Hockey League scout. Raised in Stow, Ohio, Blake Alexis Bolden began following the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the International Hockey League (IHL). Her father worked for the team and helped her meet many of […]

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Wed, 11.05.2022

Angela James, Hockey Player born

*Angela James was born on this date in 1964. She is a former Black Canadian ice hockey player. James was born in Toronto, Ontario, the daughter of Donna Barrato, a white Canadian from Toronto, and Leo James, a Black American from Mississippi. He came to Canada to escape Jim Crow segregation. She has two half-brothers and […]

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Sun, 08.05.2022

Dirk Graham, Hockey Player, and Coach born

*Dirk Graham was born on this date in 1959. He is a former Black Canadian professional ice hockey forward in the National Hockey League. Dirk Milton Graham was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. He was selected 89th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. In 1980–81, Graham scored 40 goals with the Toledo […]

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Sun, 08.05.2022

Val James, Hockey Player born

*Val James was born on this date in 1957. He is a former Black National Hockey League left winger and defenseman. Valmore Curtis James was born in Ocala, Florida, and raised in Hauppauge, New York. He is one of six children. James began skating and playing ice hockey in Commack, New York, where his father was an […]

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Sun, 08.05.2022

Grant Fuhr, Hockey Player born

*Grant Fuhr was born on this date in 1962. He is a former Black Canadian ice hockey goaltender in the National Hockey League. From Spruce Grove, Alberta, Grant Scott Fuhr was born to a Black Canadian father and Enoch Cree Canadian mother. He was adopted by parents Betty Wheeler and Robert Fuhr and raised in Spruce […]

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Mon, 02.05.2022

C. Vivian Stringer, Basketball Coach born

*C. Vivian Stringer was born on this date in 1948. She is a former black basketball coach. Charlaine Vivian Stringer is a native of Edenborn, Pennsylvania, and a member of the Alumni Hall of Fame at her alma mater. While in high school, she sued her school for not allowing her to be a cheerleader […]

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Tue, 26.04.2022

Chet Brewer, Baseball Player, and Scout born

*Chet Brewer was born on this date in 1907. He was a Black right-handed pitcher and player scout in baseball’s Negro leagues and National League. Born in Leavenworth, Kansas, Chester Arthur Brewer toiled on the mounds of black baseball for twenty-four years. He played with various teams worldwide, including China, Japan, the Philippines, Hawaii, Canada, […]

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Sat, 26.02.2022

Black History and Stickball, a story

*The Black heritage and history of Stickball are celebrated on this date in 1920. Stickball is a street game related to baseball, usually formed as a pick-up game, in large cities in the Northeastern United States (especially New York City and Jersey City). The equipment consists of a broom handle and a rubber ball, typically a spaldeen, pensie […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

Wall to wall of foreign names, of places that I’ve been Time and time and time again, I’ve long prayed for my dream The journey of my true return, my brothers... I STILL LONG FOR YOU performed by Miriam Makeba,
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