Celebrating Black History Month – Oscar Micheaux, Pioneering Film Maker

Oscar Micheaux was born January 2nd, 1884, in Metropolis, Illinois. In his early life, he worked several jobs – coal miner, stockyards worker, and Pullman porter, before he settled in Gregory County, North Dakota, after acquiring more than 300 initial acres of land in 1905. His experiences working the land, which he had to learn […]

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Celebrating Black History Month – Seneca Village, NYC…Gentrified out of Existence?

Between W82nd and W89th St., was the site of a little-known community of property-owning black folks – Seneca Village. There is no visible indication or remnant of this village which came into existence in 1825 and thrived for 32 years until 1857, when the residents were forced out by the City through the enforcement of […]

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Celebrating Black History Month – Langston Hughes

James Mercer Langston Hughes was born February 1st, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri, and died May 22, 1967, in New York City. Between these dates, Langston Hughes became a poet, novelist, playwright, social activist, and columnist. Hughes was one of the primary forces driving the Harlem Renaissance – a new era in social, intellectual, political, cultural, […]

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Weekly NY Photo #37/Celebrating Black History Month

This is the statue of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. that stands outside the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building at the intersection of W.125th St. and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, in Harlem, NY. Born November 29th, 1908, in Connecticut in 1930, he received his B.A. from Colgate University and he became Assistant Pastor […]

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Celebrating Black History Month – Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman is the hero in a recent 2019 Hollywood feature film, and quite deservedly so. Harriet was born into slavery as Araminta “Minty” Ross around March, 1822, and lived until March 10, 1913. She was born in Maryland and endured the typical hard life of a slave – beatings and whippings from an early […]

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Celebrating Black History Month – Who, What, When, Where, How, and Why…

*** This post was nuked by a recent WordPress ‘update’. Restored and reposted on 2/2/2020 *** Welcome to what will be a daily trip through the history of black achievements and people of note, during this month of February, in this year 2020. *** UPDATE (2/4/2020) – We won’t be posting daily, as we had […]

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