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Fri, 16.02.2024

Pearl Moore, Basketball Player born.

*Pearl Moore was born on this date in 1957. She is a retired Black woman’s professional basketball player.  Born in Florence, South Carolina, Moore began playing basketball while attending Wilson High School. She started for all four years and earned the MVP award at the 1975 and 1976 AAU Junior Olympic Games. Moore began her collegiate career […]

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Sun, 07.01.2024

Vida Blue, Baseball Player born.

*Vida Blue was born on this date in 1949. He was a Black professional baseball player. Early life Vida Rochelle Blue Jr. was born and raised in Mansfield in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana. He was the oldest of six children born to Vida Blue, Sr, a laborer in a Mansfield iron foundry, and his wife, Sallie. […]

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Sun, 07.01.2024

Jim Hines, Track Athlete born.

*Jim Hines was born on this date in 1946. He was a Black track and field athlete and professional football player.  James Ray Hines was born in Dumas, Arkansas; Hines was raised in Oakland, California, and graduated from McClymonds High School in 1964. He was a baseball player in his younger years until track coach […]

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Sat, 11.11.2023

Lloyd McDermott, Aboriginal Athlete, and Lawyer born.

*Lloyd McDermott was born on this date in 1939. Also known as Mullenjaiwakka, he was an Aboriginal Australian lawyer and rugby union player. Born in Eidsvold, Queensland, Lloyd Clive McDermott had links to the Mununjali clan and the Wakka Wakka people. Lloyd McDermott’s academic and sporting prowess, the son of a farm laborer, won him a scholarship […]

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Wed, 01.11.2023

Errol Tobias, Rugby Union Player, born.

*Errol Tobias was born on this date in 1950. He is a former Black South African rugby union player. Errol George Tobias was born on the farm Klipdrift, located outside Caledon, South Africa, in the Overberg district of the Western Cape. He played in the early 1970s for the Proteas when they toured in Britain. The […]

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Sat, 14.10.2023

Herman Boone, Football Coach born.

*Herman Boone was born on this date in 1935. He was a Black high school teacher and football coach. Herman Ike Boone was from Rocky Mount, North Carolina. He attended Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, then the now-closed Booker T. Washington High School. While attending North Carolina Central University, Boone joined the Tau Psi chapter of the Omega […]

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Sat, 14.10.2023

Willie E. Jeffries, Football Coach born.

*Willie E. Jeffries was born on this date in 1937. He is a Black former American football player and coach. Jeffries grew up in South Carolina, attending the segregated Sims High School in Union County. He played football there and started coaching in 1960 as an assistant at Barr Street High School in Lancaster, South […]

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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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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

A closed window looks down on a dirty courtyard, and black people call across or scream across or walk across defying physics in the stream of their will. Our world... KA ‘BA by Amiri Baraka.
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