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Henry Bibb: African-American Abolitionists

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By OV Staff Henry Walton Bibb was an American author and abolitionist who was born a slave. After escaping from slavery to Canada, he founded an abolitionist newspaper, The Voice of the Fugitive. He returned to the US and lectured against slavery. Bibb was born to an enslaved woman, Milldred Jackson, on a Cantalonia, Kentucky, […]

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Sarah Rector: African American woman who became the second black woman millionaire in the United States

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OV Staff Born on lands belonging to the Creeks, the treaty of 1886 gave land allotments as part of the Treaty by the U.S. government with the Indians and their former slaves. Her portion, considered the least valuable piece of rocky outcrops and barren land was a result of racist apportioning, as fertile lands went […]

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William Monroe Trotter

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William Monroe Trotter (sometimes just Monroe Trotter, April 7, 1872 – April 7, 1934) was a newspaper editor and real estate businessman based in Boston, Massachusetts, and an activist for African-American civil rights. He was an early opponent of the accommodationist race policies of Booker T. Washington, and in 1901 founded the Boston Guardian, an […]

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Dr. Juanita Carroll Pitts MDs

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Dr. Juanita Carroll Pitts, M.D. – 1926-2015 Dr. Juanita G. Pitts is a native of rmingham, Alabama. She graduated from Englewood High School and Wilson Junior College of Chicago. She completed studies at Livingstone College in North Carolina with a double major, receiving a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology. She was a teaching assistant at […]

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The $200 Million Black Company Behind New Madam C.J. Walker Haircare Line

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by Carolyn M. Brown Building on the life, legacy, and impact of the ground-breaking Madam C.J. Walker—the visionary entrepreneur, philanthropist, and America’s first female self-made millionaire—a new haircare line that bears her name was launched by Sundial Brands, a manufacturer and distributor of organic skincare and haircare products for people of color. The Madam C.J. […]

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The Inventor Who Bought the Plantation Where He Was Once Enslaved

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Posted by Alyssa Rachelle Benjamin Montgomery was born an enslaved African in 1819 in Loudon County, Virginia. His master was Joseph Davis, a Mississippi planter and older brother of future President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis. Blackinventor.com mentions that Davis’ children taught Montgomery how to read and write, and he was assigned […]

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Meet Engineer Benjamin Montgomery

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Posted by Alyssa Rachelle Benjamin Montgomery was born an enslaved African in 1819 in Loudon County, Virginia. His master was Joseph Davis, a Mississippi planter and older brother of future President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis. Blackinventor.com mentions that Davis’ children taught Montgomery how to read and write, and he was assigned […]

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First African-American Woman “Certified Public Radio Traffic Director”

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By Kenny F. Jean WXXI-AM/FM/TV has been Rhonda’s “home” for 27 years, beginning there as an Intern in Television, then following graduation, working her way up the ladder and being introduced to her first Traffic assignment in 1988 as WXXI-FM Traffic Coordinator. Rhonda admits the role and complexity of being responsible for Traffic has changed […]

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TO LEARN, AND PRACTICE DAILY, OUR OWN STORY

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By David A. Anderson “Our fathers and mothers came here; lived, loved and built here. At this place, their love and labor rose like the sun, and gave strength and meaning to the day….” The above quotation is drawn from the tribute to the ancestors, called “Libation.”   The recitation, combined with the pouring of libation […]

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Gwen Jimmere, the First African American to Hold a Patent for Natural Hair Care Product

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All too often, African-American women dread washing their hair, since it can take multiple hours or even a whole day. Not only did entrepreneur Gwen Jimmere create a solution to this common inconvenience, but she is also the first and only African-American to hold a patent for a natural hair care product. The Detroit native […]

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Bill Cosby arraigned, doesn’t enter plea

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By Mariano Castillo and Jason Hanna, CNN   (CNN)Bill Cosby has been charged with sexual assault in relation to a 2004 accusation in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Cosby, whose legacy as a comedian has been tarnished by multiple accusations of sexual assault, faces three felony charges of aggravated indecent assault in the case. He was arraigned […]

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Teaching the Truth About America’s History: Only the Truth Can Make Us Free | Marian Wright Edelman

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Who is writing and influencing the history our children are taught? Should a few education officials in Texas or any state drive decisions about what all of our children learn or sugarcoat the truth?   The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future. –Theodore Roosevelt History is important. […]

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Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon, famed hoops jester, dies at 83

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By Brandon Griggs, CNN (CNN)George “Meadowlark” Lemon, the basketball star who entertained millions of fans around the world with his antics as a longtime member of the Harlem Globetrotters, died Sunday in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 83. Lemon played 24 seasons and by his own estimate more than 16,000 games with the Globetrotters, the touring […]

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‘Race Penalty’: Economic Policy Institute Study Finds Unemployment Among Black College Graduates Is the Same as Whites with a High School Diploma

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A new study on the subject of Black vs. white unemployment is not a new story, reflecting what we have known for years– Black unemployment is double that of the white rate, regardless of levels of education. Call it a “race penalty” for Blacks, which is another way of saying that white supremacy is at […]

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