Rememberance 13 May Day of Infamy

By Christina Coleman <img alt=”MOVE Philly bombing” src=”http://ioneglobalgrind.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/ap96062002423_custom-5d492a47f4cce128a4f480afcc4eb2290e2e2b69-s4-c85.jpg?w=824&h=610″ width=”824″ height=”610″ /> On May 13, 1985, a bomb was dropped on a row house in Philadelphia, unleashing a relentless fire that eventually burned down 61 houses, killed 11 people (including five children) and injured dozens. The fire department stood by idly. The Philadelphia Police Department did […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

Blacks celebrate abolition from slavery Date: Thu, 1866-04-19 On this date in 1866, the Black citizens of Washington, D.C., celebrated the abolition of slavery. A demonstration of 4,000 to 5,000 people assembled at the White House there they were addressed by (then) President Andrew Johnson. Marching past 10,000 cheering spectators, the procession, led by two […]

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Booker T. Washington, educator and inspirational source Booker T. Washington Date: Sat, 1856-04-05 On this date in 1856, Booker T. Washington was born. He was a Black activist and educator, who urged Blacks to gain equality through education and economic advancement. Washington was born a slave on a plantation in Hale’s Ford, in Franklin County, […]

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THE messenger, Dr. Maya Angelou Maya Angelou Date: Wed, 1928-04-04 *Maya Angelou was born on this date in 1928. She was an African American poet, historian, author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director. Born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri, Angelou was raised in segregated rural Arkansas and in San Francisco where she fulfilled […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

Augustus Tolton, one of America’s first Black Catholic Priest Augustus Tolton Date: Sat, 1854-04-01 Augustus Tolton was born on this date in 1854. He was one America’s first Black priest. He was born in Ralls County, Missouri, the son of Peter Paul and Martha Jane Tolton. He had one older brother, Charles, and two younger […]

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Effa Manley, Queen of the Negro Leagues Effa Manley Date: Tue, 1900-03-27 *Effa Manley was born on this date in 1900. An African American business entrepreneur, Manley was the only female owner in the history of Negro Leagues. Manley was from Philadelphia, and rarely discussed her heritage, and most people assumed she was a light-skinned […]

An appreciation: Dr. Ben, legendary Egypt scholar, dean of Harlem Street University

by Todd Steven Burroughs Yosef Alfredo Antonio ben-Jochannan, known to the African world as “Dr. Ben,” believed that education belonged to any member of his race who wanted it. Perhaps that was because of the 20th century tradition of ad-hoc “street universities,” with step-ladder orators as varied as Malcolm X and “Porkchop” Davis, a tradition […]