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Today In Black History: February 11

Today In Black History: February 11 1. 1783 – First black woman preacher in the A.M.E. church Mrs. Jarena Lee was the first black woman preacher in the A.M.E. church. She was born in Cape May (well, maybe Goshen, Cape May) and returns to South Jersey many times in her preaching travels. The woman was absolutely amazing!! To say she traveled extensively does not do justice to the extent of her travels. She began preaching in 1820 and preached throughout PA, NJ, NY. She traveled Continue reading →

Today In Black History: February 10

Today In Black History: February 10   1. 1907 - Grace Towns Hamilton born The first African American woman elected to the Georgia General Assembly, Grace Towns Hamilton was also the first female of her race in the Deep South to hold a public office of such consequence. She was among eight African Americans sent to the state legislature in a special election in June 1965; they were the first to enter the lower house since the end of Reconstruction. Hamilton represented her district in mid-Atlanta continuously for Continue reading →

Today In Black History: February 9

Today In Black History: February 9 1. 1944  – Novelist Alice Walker was born Alice Walker was born on February 9, 1944, in Eatonton, Georgia. She worked as a social worker, teacher, and lecturer and took part in the 1960s civil rights movement in Mississippi. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her 1982 novel “The Color Purple,” and she’s also an acclaimed poet and essayist. 2. 1971: Baseball great Leroy “Satchel” Paige was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame After playing against Paige, Dizzy Continue reading →

Today In Black History: February 8

Today In Black History: February 8 1. 1990 – Andey Rooney suspended for racist comments Andy Rooney, a CBS “60 Minutes” commentator, received a 90-day suspension from work because of racist remarks about African Americans attributed to him by Chris Bull, a New York-based reporter for “The Advocate,” a bi-weekly national gay & lesbian newsmagazine published in Los Angeles. Bull quoted Rooney as having said during an interview: “I’ve believed all along that most people are born with equal intelligence, but Blacks have watered down Continue reading →

Today In Black History: February 7

Today In Black History: February 7 1. 1967 – Actor and comedian Chris Rock was born Chris Rock (born Christopher Julius Blake) was born February 7, 1967 in Andrews, South Carolina. Shortly thereafter his parents moved to New York. Rock is most notable for being a comedian and actor, however he is also a  is a screenwriter, television producer, film producer and director. 2. 1883 – Pianist Eubie Blake was born The year of James Herbert “Eubie” Blake’s birth is in question. All the official documents such Continue reading →

February 6: Happy Birthday Bob Marley

Happy Birthday Bob Marley Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley) was born on February 6, 1945 on his grandfather’s farm in the rural interior of the island of Jamaica. His mother was an eighteen year old Black Jamaican named Cedella Malcolm. His father was Capitan Norval Sinclair Marley, a White member of the British Army who was in his early sixties. Bob spent most of the early part of his life in poverty and all of it without a father present. For the first twelve years Continue reading →

Today In Black History: February 6

Today In Black History: February 5 1. 1945 – Reggae Singer Bob Marley (born Robert Nesta) is born Robert Nesta Marley was born on February 6, 1945 on his grandfather’s farm in the rural interior of the island of Jamaica. His mother was an eighteen year old Black Jamaican named Cedella Malcolm. His father was Capitan Norval Sinclair Marley, a White member of the British Army who was in his early sixties. Bob spent most of the early part of his life in poverty and Continue reading →

April Sims Poetry: One

This poem was influenced by thoughts of what my ancestors went through during the times of the African Slave Trade ONE by April Sims I close my eyes and I can hear them singing and I can hear the beating of the distant African drum as their bodies sway in the wind to each beat and each hum I am ONE with their song and ONE with their beat Can you hear it? I can smell the unwanted parts that were leftover from what the Continue reading →

February 5: Happy Birthday Natalie Cole

Happy Birthday Natalie Cole Nine-time Grammy Award Winning, songwriter and performer Natalie Cole was born February 6, 1950 to singers Nat King Coleand Maria Cole. Natalie Cole rocketed to stardom in 1975 with her debut album, Inseparable, earning her a #1 single, “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” and two Grammy® awards for Best New Artist, as well as Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. (source) >>> See Full Bio

February 5: Happy Birthday Baseball Legend Hank Aaron

Happy Birthday Baseball Legend Hank Aaron Born into humble circumstances on February 5, 1934, in Mobile, Alabama, Henry Louis ‘Hank’ Aaron ascended the ranks of the Negro Leagues to become a major league baseball icon. Aaron played 23 years as an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves, during which time he broke many of baseball’s most distinguished records, including most career home runs (755)–a record that stood for more than two decades. (biography)

Today In Black History: February 5

Today in Black History Facts: February 4 1. 1990 – First Black Elected to Head Harvard’s Law Review The job is considered the highest student position at Harvard Law School. The new president of the Review is Barack Obama, a 28-year-old graduate of Columbia University who spent four years heading a community development program for poor blacks on Chicago’s South Side before enrolling in law school. His late father, Barack Obama, was a finance minister in Kenya and his mother, Ann Dunham, is an American anthropologist Continue reading →

Happy Birthday Rosa Parks ‘Mother of the Civil Rights Movement’

Rosa Parks (born Rosa Louise McCauley) was born on February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee Alabama. Parks was coined the “mother of the modern day civil rights movement” in the United States of America after she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus on December 1, 1955, during a typical evening rush hour in Montgomery, Alabama. She was 42 years old.   This quiet protest got the attention of 26 year old minister of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Reverend Martin Luther Continue reading →

Today In Black History: February 4

Today in Black History Facts: February 4 1. 1996 – J.C. Watts becomes the first Black selected to respond to a state of the union J.C. Watts becomes the first Black selected to respond to a state of the unioun address. 2. 1986 – A stamp of Sojourner Truth is issued A stamp of Sojourner Truth is issued by the U.S. Postal Service 3. 1971 – National Guard mobilized to quell rioting  National Guard mobilized to quell rioting in Wilmington, North Carolina. Two persons killed. Until the 9th. Continue reading →

Today In Black History: February 3

Today in Black History Facts: February 3 1. 1997 – Jazz artist Tony Williams dies Award-winning jazz drummer Tony Williams dies in Daly City, California of heart attack after routine gall bladder surgery 2. 1989 – Bill White named president of National League Six time All-Star Bill White was named president of National League.When Bill White was named president of baseball’s National League in 1989, he became the highest-ranking black executive in all of professional sports. 3. 1989 – Tennis player Lori McNeil defeats Chris Evert Chris Evert Continue reading →

Many Still Try To Hang ‘Strange Fruit’ From American Trees [video]

The above painting is entitled Black in America by Laurie Cooper When I first saw this image last year so many emotions ran through my mind. I had to sit down before they all collided. One of the first thoughts that rushed into my mind (as I am sure is the same that rushed into many of your minds) was the song “Strange Fruit”. “Strange Fruit” was most famously performed by Billie Holiday. I thought to myself that must have been an awful sight to Continue reading →

The Infamous Willie Lynch Letter: The Making of a Slave

Many dispute Willie Lynch ever walking the face of God’s green earth. Whether or not he existed this letter exists and many of it’s teachings have been instilled into those on both sides of the fence. Education is key. We need to teach our children to read and disseminate right from wrong. This “so-called curse” needs to be broken, but can only be broken through education and enlightenment. I came across the following information on TheFinalCall.com, dated May 2009. This speech was said to have been delivered by Continue reading →

Today In Black History: February 2

Today in  Black History: February 2 1. 1989 – Rebellion After Suspicious Death During Arrest In Tampa,Florida, a rebellion followed the suspicious death of Edgar Allen Price, a police suspect who died during an arrest. Police contended that Price “hit his head on the ground several times.” 2. 1962 – Eleven People Arrested After Sit-In Seven whites and four Blacks arrested after all-night sit-in at Englewood, N.J., city hall. Four Black mothers arrested after sit-in at Chicago elementary school. Mothers later received suspended $50 fines. Continue reading →

Slave Painting Chains Gold; New Slavery [pic]

In my internet travels I came across this image by Pawel Kuczynski that depicts words that have been running rampant through my mind over the past few years. Many are trading their souls for five minutes of fame. Many wear His cross, which in religion is a sign of sacrifice and peace. However instead of creating more peace, many are willing to beg, steal and even worst – – increase the deceased. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole Continue reading →

Black History Month Tidbit by Mark Goggins

I was perusing Facebook when I came across Mark Goggins’ post which provided a Black History Month tidbit. Negro History Week to Black History Month There’s nothing wrong with celebrating Black History Month. It’s origin lies with a Black man named Carter G. Woodson, who initiated Negro History Week in February 1926. It is designed to help us learn more of what we’ve done and who we are and to inspire us to even greater heights. The problem is that too many have settled for this Continue reading →

Today in Black History: February 1

Today in Black History: February 1 1. 1997 – Black Facts Online Goes Live! Black Facts Online, the premiere spot for Black history goes online. 2. 1997 – First 24-Hour Black Movie Channel BET Holdings and Encore Media Corp. launch BET Movie/Starz the first 24 hour Black Movie channel. 3. 1990 – Original Sit-In Revisited In Greensboro, North Carolina, Joseph McNeil, Jibreel Khazan (Ezell Blair), Franklin McCain and David Richond repeated the original sit-in of 30 years prior, by having breakfast at the Greensboro Woolworth store. 4. 1978 – Continue reading →