The Hidden Black History of Horse Racing

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           The Hidden Black History of Horse Racing Did you know that thirteen of the fifteen jockeys in the first Kentucky Derby were black men? Black horse jockeys were black America’s first sports stars, winning fifteen of the first twenty-eight Kentucky Derby’s. Black jockeys would dominate the sport for its first […]

Dr. Betty Wright Harris: Master Chemist

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          Dr. Betty Wright Harris: Master Chemist   Betty Wright Harris was born on July 29th, 1940 to parents Henry Hudson “Jake” Wright and Legertha Evelyn Thompson Wright, in Ouachita Parish, Monroe, Louisiana. She was one of eleven children raised on the farm her parents worked on until they were able […]

Abdias do Nascimento: Afro-Brazilian Activist

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  Abdias do Nascimento: Afro-Brazilian Activist   On March 14, 1914, Abdias do Nascimento was born to parents Josina and Bem-Bem Nascimento in Franca, Sao Paulo, Brazil. As a child Nascimento experienced racism on several occasions from Italians and Brazilians who did not identify with Afro-Brazilians or lower class Brazilians. He would briefly join the […]

Judge William H. Hastie: The First Black Appellate Judge

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    Judge William Henry Hastie On November 17, 1904, William Henry Hastie Jr. was born to parents William Henry Hastie Sr. and Roberta Hastie, in Knoxville, Tennessee. In 1916, the Hastie family moved from Knoxville, Tennessee to Washington D.C. where Hastie would attend Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School and graduate as the valedictorian of […]

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

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  Frances Ellen Watkins Harper On September 24, 1825, Frances Ellen Watkins was born in Baltimore, Maryland to parents who were freed from slavery. Harper was her parent’s only child; not much is known about her father and her mother died when she was three years old. She was orphaned until she was adopted by […]

Dame Mary Eugenia Charles, DBE: The First Woman Prime Minister of the Island of Dominica

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  Dame Mary Eugenia Charles, DBE   Mary Eugenia Charles was born on May 15th, 1919 in Pointe Michel, Dominica to parents John Baptiste and Josephine Charles; Eugenia’s family who was considered to be of the black bourgeoisie class. Her father John Baptiste was a successful entrepreneur who started as a small stone mason and […]

Granville T Woods: One of Americas Greatest Inventors

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  Granville T. Woods On April 23, 1856 Granville Woods was born in Columbus, Ohio to parents Cyrus Woods and Martha Brown. His family experienced poverty so Woods only attended school until the age of ten, he then began working to help his family survive. He worked in a machine shop where he would learn […]

Dr. Marie Maynard Daly: The First African-American PhD. in Chemistry

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    Dr. Marie Maynard Daly: The First African-American PhD. in Chemistry April 16, 1921, Marie Maynard Daly was born in Queens, New York to parents Ivan Daly and Helen Page. Her father was a postal clerk from the British West Indies and her mother was a native of New York. Marie was inspired by […]

Indigenous Australian Activists Dr. Evelyn Scott

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  Indigenous Australian Activists Dr. Evelyn Scott In 1935, Evelyn Ruth Backo was born in Ingham, Queensland, Australia; she is the granddaughter of a former slave who was kidnapped from the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu. Early in life Evelyn’s father gave her sound advice about challenging social injustices, he stated “If you don’t think […]