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Mon, 14.06.2021

“Pappy” Stokes, Golf Caddie born

*”Pappy” Stokes was born on this date in 1920. He was a Black professional golf caddie at the Augusta National Golf Club. Willie Lee “Pappy” Stokes was born on the former grounds of the Fruitlands Nurseries in Augusta, Georgia. This was an Indigofera plant farm where his father had worked. He and his family still […]

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Thu, 27.05.2021

Glenn Burke, Baseball Player born

*Glenn Burke was born on this date in 1952. He was a Black gay professional baseball player. Glenn Lawrence Burke was born in Oakland, California. He was a high school basketball star, leading the Berkeley High School, California, Yellow Jackets to an undefeated season and the 1970 Northern California championships. He was voted onto the […]

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Sat, 22.05.2021

Pedro Niño, Navagator born

*The birth of Pedro Niño is celebrated on this date in c. 1455. He was a Black Spanish navigator and explorer. Pedro Alonso Niño was born in Moguer, Spain he was of mixed heritage of African and Spaniard. He was known as El Negro and his father was one of the sailors Captured from Elmina. According […]

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Tue, 18.05.2021

George Branham III, Bowler born

*George Branham III was born on this date in 1962. He is a Black professional ten-pin bowler. Though Branham was born in Detroit, he grew up in Southern California with his two older sisters and one younger brother. Branham started bowling at the young age of six when his father introduced the sport to him. […]

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Fri, 30.04.2021

Tom Bass, Horse Trainer born

*Tom Bass was born on this date in 1859. He was a Black Saddlebred horse trainer and businessman. Tom Bass was born a slave on the Hayden plantation in Boone County, Missouri. His mother, Cornelia Gray, was also a slave, and his father, William Bass, was the son of the plantation owner, Eli Bass. He […]

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Thu, 29.04.2021

Tina Sloan Green, Athlete, and Administrator born

*Tina Sloan Green was born on this date in 1944. She is a Black teacher coach and administrator. Tina Sloan Green was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to parents Norwood and Sally Sloan who were deeply religious. She has six siblings, Norwood, Gene, Cordelia, Leonette, Beatrice, and Teresa. Her parents encouraged their children to complete a […]

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Tue, 27.04.2021

Elgin Baylor, Basketball Player, and Coach born

*Elgin Baylor was born on this date in 1934. He was a Black professional basketball player, coach, and executive. Elgin Gay Baylor was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Uzziel (Lewis) and John Wesley Baylor. He began playing basketball when he was 14. Although he grew up near a D.C. city recreation center, Blacks […]

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Sun, 25.04.2021

Marie Dickerson Corker, Aviator and Dancer born

*Marie Dickerson Coker was born on this date in 1906. She was a Black singer, dancer, airplane Stunt Pilot, musician, and showgirl. From Muskogee, Oklahoma the fifth of seven children to Sarah Ragsdale and a father surnamed Jones. After she was widowed Marie’s mother left Muskogee for Los Angeles, California, along with Marie and some […]

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Sun, 25.04.2021

The Negro Formation Flying Group Performs

*On this date in 1931, the Negro Formation Flying Group performed in Los Angeles. This event occurred before the era of the Tuskegee Airmen and served to demonstrate to the public that Blacks were skilled enough to handle an airplane. Put together by William Powell who had set the date for Labor Day that year, these were three Black airplane […]

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Sat, 24.04.2021

“Biz” Mackey, Baseball Player born

*”Biz” Mackey was born on this date in 1897. He was a Black baseball player and manager in Negro league baseball. James Raleigh “Biz” Mackey was born in Eagle Pass, Texas, to a sharecropping family that included two brothers. He began playing baseball with his brothers on the Luling Oilers, a Prairie League team, in 1916 in […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

Look at me, I’m as helpless as a kitten up a tree, And I feel like I’m clinging to a cloud, I can’t understand, I get misty just holding... MISTY by Erroll Garner.
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