Posts filed under: Black History Month

Black History Month: Madam C. J. Walker

Madam C. J.Walker was born as Sarah Breedlove in Delta, Louisiana on December 23, 1867. She was one of six children born to Owen and Minerva Breedlove. As her parents and older siblings were were born into slavery, “The Madam”...
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Black History Month: Shirley Chisholm

  Shirley Chisholm on November 30, 1924, as Shirley Anita St. Hill. She was an African-American politician, educator, and author. In 1968, she became the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress and represented New York’s 12th Congressional District from...
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Black History Month: James Zwerg

James Zwerg was born on November 28, 1939, in Appleton, Wisconsin.  He was member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (also known as SNCC) and the Freedom Riders movement to desegregate interstate travel. Being white, he’s a perfect illustration of how the civil rights cause touched the...
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Black History Month: Diane Judith Nash

Diane Judith Nash was born on May 15, 1938, in Chicago, Illinois. She was a leader and strategist in the African-American civil rights movement in the 1960’s. Nash initially attended historically-black Howard University in Washington, D.C., then transferred to Fisk University, another...
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Black History Month: Walter Francis White

Walter Francis White was born on July 1, 1893, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was an American civil rights activist. From 1931 to 1955, he led the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (also known as the NAACP), the nation’s...
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Black History Month: Charles B. Brooks

Charles B. Brooks  was an African-American inventor, born in Virginia in 1865. He eventually moved to Newark, New Jersey, in the 1980’s. It 1896, he invented the street sweeper, a truck which had revolving brushes attached to the front fender. He...
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Black History Month: Garrett Augustus Morgan

Garrett Augustus Morgan was born in Paris, Kentucky, on March 4, 1877. An African-American inventor and businessman, he never let his skin color get in the way of accomplishing great things. Nothing signified this more than what happened in Cleveland,...
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Bernice King on Barack Obama and her father’s legacy

  Bernice Albertine King, second daughter and youngest child of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., speaks with the BBC about President Obama, poverty, guns, and her father’s legacy. Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, America! Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to...
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Who was Michael King?

Michael King  was born to James King and Delia Linsey King in Stockbridge, Georgia, on December 19, 1899. He was the eldest of nine children. When he was young, he left Stockbridge and headed to Atlanta, where he eventually attended Ebenezer Baptist Church. In 1926, after...
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