Black History Month

Every year we celebrate Black History Month in style to honor the people who have helped create change.

Major Taylor - Black History Month 2015

Major Taylor – Black History Month 2015

Early In Years Marshall Walter aka Major Taylor was born November 26, 1878, in Indianapolis, Indiana. In the early years of his life, Taylor grew up with little money. His father, a farmer and Civil War veteran, worked as carriage operator for a prosperous white family. Major Taylor frequently joined his dad at the job …

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Althea Gibson - Black History Month 2015

Althea Gibson – Black History Month 2015

Early In Life Althea Neale Gibson was given birth to on August 25, 1927, in Silver, South Carolina. Gibson blazed a brand new trail in the sport of tennis, winning a number of the sport’s biggest game titles in the 1950s, and broke racial barriers in professional golf as well. At a young age, Althea …

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Mae C. Jemison - Black History Month 2015

Mae C. Jemison – Black History Month 2015

Early In Life Astronaut and medical professional Mae C. Jemison came into this world on October 17, 1956, in Decatur, Alabama, the youngest child of Charlie Jemison, a roofer and carpenter, and Dorothy (Green) Jemison, an grammar school teacher. Her sister, Ada Jemison Bullock, became a child psychiatrist, and her brother, Charles Jemison, is a …

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Charles Sifford - Black History Month 2015

Charles Sifford – Black History Month 2015

American golfer Charles Sifford came into this world on June 2, 1922, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Considered the Jackie Robinson of golf, Charlie Sifford broke the game’s strict color barrier in 1961 when he became the very first black athlete to contend on the PGA tour. His early exposure to golf came on the courses …

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Zora Neale Hurston - Black History Month 2015

Zora Neale Hurston – Black History Month 2015

Given birth to in Alabama on January 7, 1891, Zora Neale Hurston invested her early adulthood studying at numerous colleges and gathering folklore from the South, the Caribbean and Latin America. She released her results in Mules and Men. Hurston was obviously a fixture of the Harlem Renaissance, rubbing shoulders with a lot of its …

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Dave Chappelle - Black History Month 2015

Dave Chappelle – Black History Weekly Wednesday 2015

Dave Chappelle began making appearances in films such as Robin Hood: Men In Tights and Half Baked in the mid-1990s. He received two Emmy Award nominations for the wildly popular and controversial show, which frequently addressed race relations. Early Life Comedian and actor David Khari Webber Chappelle was born on August 24, 1973, in Washington, …

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Black History Month 2015 Coming Soon!

Black History Month 2015 Time goes fast when you're having fun! Black History Month has come upon us, and Durwin Randle's Blog will be recognizing lawyers, activist, doctors, photographers, actors, musicians, etc., throughout the month of February, who have in some way changed, developed, & fought for our freedom. Beginning February 1st Everyday throughout the …

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Guion Bluford - Black History Month

Guion Bluford – Black History Month

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 22, 1942. Guion Bluford became the first African American to travel in space. He later participated in three other missions. Quotes I felt an awesome responsibility, and I took the responsibility very seriously, of being a role model and opening another door to black Americans, but the important thing …

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Will.i.am - Black History Month

Will.i.am – Black History Month

Will.i.am is a hit-making master as a solo artist and as a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning group the Black Eyed Peas. The multi-talented singer has also excelled as a songwriter and producer. Outside of the music biz, Will.i.am dabbles in fashion, acting, technology, business and social activism. Quotes I’m just a guy who …

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Jane Bolin - Black History Month

Jane Bolin – Black History Month

Jane Bolin graduated from Yale Law School and, after relocating to New York City, became sworn in by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia as the first African-American female judge in the U.S. Quotes I’d rather see if i can help a child than settle an argument between adults over money. ~ Jane Bolin Background Jane Matilda …

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Otis Boykin - Black History Month

Otis Boykin – Black History Month

Otis Boykin was born on August 29, 1920, in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Fisk College in 1941 and took a job with the Majestic Radio and TV Corporation. He later worked at P. J. Nilsen Research Laboratories. He began to invent products on his own, with some of his noteworthy inventions including a wire …

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Babyface - Black History Month

Babyface – Black History Month

Born on April 10, 1959, in Indianapolis, Indiana, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds played with the band The Deele before forming a songwriting/production team with L.A. Reid. The two formed their own label, launching artists like Toni Braxton and TLC, and scoring multitudes of hits. Having helmed the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack among other projects, Babyface is …

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Wally Amos - Black History Month

Wally Amos – Black History Month

Wally Amos was born on July 1, 1936, in Tallahassee, Florida. He started in the mailroom of the William Morris Agency and in 1962 became the first black talent agent in their history. As an agent, he signed Simon & Garfunkel and headed the agency’s rock ‘n’ roll department. In 1975, he opened the first …

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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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Tichina Arnold - Black History Month

Tichina Arnold – Black History Month

Tichina Arnold was popular for her role as Pam James, opposite Martin Lawrence, on the sitcom Martin. After Martin, Arnold made guest appearances on The Jaime Foxx Show and Soul Food. In 2005, she landed a starring role as Rochelle, a tough mom of three, on Everybody Hates Chris. Along with acting, she ran a …

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In the late 1980s, Flex Alexander branched out in to acting along with dancing and choreographing. He began performing stand-up comedy and out film roles.

Flex Alexander – Black History Month

Flex Alexander was born in New York City on April 15, 1970. Alexander started his profession as a dancer and choreographer, traveling for a long time with the trio Salt-n-Pepa. He then branched out into film and television, creating and starring in the television show One on One for quite a while and showing up …

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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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