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Henry Highland Garnet - Black History Month

Henry Highland Garnet – Black History Weekly Wednesday 2015

Henry Highland Garnet was an African-American abolitionist born circa December 23, 1815 in Kent County, Maryland. Born being a slave, he and his loved ones escaped to New York when he was nine years of age. During the 1840’s and decades afterward Henry grew to become an abolitionist. His “Call to Rebellion” speech persuaded slaves …

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Fannie Lou Hamer - Black History Month 2015

Fannie Lou Hamer – Black History Weekly Wednesday 2015

Fannie Lou Hamer was born October 6, 1917, in Montgomery County, Mississippi. In 1944 this lady met municipal rights activists who actually encouraged blacks to register to vote. She slowly became active in helping. In addition, she worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) that fought racial segregation and injustice throughout the South. In …

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Betty Shabazz - Black History Month 2015

Betty Shabazz – Black History Weekly Wednesday 2015

Betty Shabazz, also referred to as Betty X, was born Betty Dean Sanders. Even though her birth reports cannot be found, she was most likely born on May 28, 1934. Shabazz married Nation of Islam spokesperson Malcolm X in 1958. Following her husband’s assassination in 1965, Shabazz went on to a career in university administration …

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Lonnie-G Johnson - Black History Month 2015

Lonnie G Johnson – Black History Weekly Wednesday 2015

Finishing his master’s, Lonnie G. Johnson signed up with the Air Force and was assigned to the Strategic Air Command, where he helped develop the stealth bomber program. His other projects included working as a systems engineer for the Galileo mission to Jupiter and the Cassini mission to Saturn. Johnson also came up with the …

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Chaka Chan - Singer of Soul Funk

Chaka Khan – Singer Of Soul Funk – Part 1

Read: Part 2 The singer Chaka Khan was born on March 23, 1953, in Great Lakes, Illinois. She achieved great success as part of the soul-funk band Rufus, including hits like “Tell Me Something Good” and “Sweet Thing.” Embarking on a solo career in the late ’70s with tunes like “I’m Every Woman,” “I Feel …

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Eubie Blake - Ragtime Pianist and Composer

Eubie Blake – Ragtime Pianist and Composer

Eubie Blake was born in Maryland on February 7, 1883. He became ragtime pianist and composer for American musicals. Eubie entered into a partnership with singer-songwriter Noble Sissle in 1915; the two would work together on the 1921 musical Shuffle Along, featuring the mega-hit "I'm Just Wild About Harry." Blake composed hundreds of songs and …

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Eugene Allen - Black History Month

Eugene Allen – Black History Month

Born on July 14, 1919, in Scottsville, Virginia, Eugene Allen was in fact a African-American butler who served under eight U. S. presidents, including Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Carter. Eugene witnessed firsthand some of history’s major events, as well as the changing perspectives on race in political arenas. Growing up during …

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Gordon Parks - Black History Month

Gordon Parks – Black History Month

Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks was given birth to on November 30, 1912, in Fort Scott, Kansas. His father, Jackson Parks, was a veggie farmer, and the family lived modestly. Parks encountered cut-throat discrimination as a child. He went to a segregated elementary school and has not been permitted to get involved in activities at …

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