Durwin Randle

Father of three! Grandfather of four! Godfather of one! Husband of one wife! I enjoy reading, photography, fishing, & having fun doing what other people won't do.

Gwendolyn Bennett - Black History Month

Gwendolyn Bennett – Black History Month

Born on July 8, 1902, in Giddings, Texas, Gwendolyn Bennett found success as a poet, fiction writer and journalist during the Harlem Renaissance with publications like The Crisis, New Negro and Opportunity. A visual artist as well, she later headed educational programs for the local African-American community. Having also worked in antiques with her second …

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Ralph D. Abernathy - Black History Month

Ralph Abernathy – Black History Month

Ralph Abernathy was a Baptist minister who, with Martin Luther King Jr., organized the historical Montgomery bus boycotts. He co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and was a major civil rights figure, serving as close adviser to King and later assuming SCLC presidency. Quote “There will be no quiet or peace in this land until …

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Hank Aaron - Black History Month

Hank Aaron – Black History Month

Born into humble circumstances on February 5, 1934, in Mobile, Alabama, Hank Aaron ascended the ranks of the Negro Leagues to become a Major League Baseball icon. Aaron played as an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves for nearly 23 years, during which time he broke many of baseball’s most distinguished records, including most career home …

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Maya Angelou Part 2

Maya Angelou Part2 – Black History Month

In the future Successes Maya Angelou has written a number of autobiographies all through her career, including All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes (1986) and A Song Flung Up to Heaven (2002), but 1969's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is still considered to be her most popular autobiographical work. She has furthermore published …

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Maya Angelou Part1 - Black History Month

Maya Angelou Part1 – Black History Month

Maya Angelou is famous for her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which made literary history as the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman. In 1971, Angelou published the Pulitzer Prize-nominated poetry collection Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Die. She later on wrote the poem “On …

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Benjamin Banneker - Black History Month

Benjamin Banneker – Black History Month

Benjamin Banneker was born on November 9, 1731, in Ellicott’s Mills, Maryland. An absolutely free black who owned a farm near Baltimore. Banneker was mainly self-educated in astronomy by watching the stars and in mathematics by reading borrowed textbooks. Quote The colour of the skin is in no way connected with strength of the mind …

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Patricia Bath - Black History Month

Patricia Bath – Black History Month

Born in Harlem, New York, on November 4, 1942, Patricia Bath became the first African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology in 1973. Two years later, she became the first female faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute. In 1976, Bath co-founded the American Institute for the Prevention …

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Chadwick Boseman - Black History Month

Chadwick Boseman – Black History Month

Given birth to in South Carolina in 1982, Chadwick Boseman went on to have a prosperous stage profession being an actor, writer and director. During the mid-2000s, Boseman made an appearance on TV in numerous guest spots and landed reoccurring roles on the shows Lincoln Heights and Persons Unknown. Having been the lead on the …

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Allen Allensworth - Black History Month

Allen Allensworth – Black History Month

Allen Allensworth was given birth to in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 7, 1842, within the slavery system of the antebellum South. At the behest of his mother Phyllis, he learned to read from their master’s son. It was discovered and Allensworth was sent to a Quaker household, eventually sold through the Louisville estate in the …

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Jean-Michel Basquiat - Black History Month

Jean-Michel Basquiat – Black History Month

Jean-Michel Basquiat first attracted attention for his graffiti under the name “SAMO” in New York City. Prior to his painting career became popular, he sold sweatshirts and postcards showcasing his artwork on the streets. Quote “I am not a black artist, I am an artist.” ~Jean-Michel Basquiat” Early On In Life Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat was …

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