Mary Eliza Mahoney — The First African-American Nurse

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    Mary Eliza Mahoney On May 7th, 1845 Mary Eliza Mahoney was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts to parents Charles and Mary Jane Stewart Mahoney. Her family lived in Boston, Massachusetts where she would first gain interest in the nursing field as a teenager. Mahoney began working as a private-duty nurse for the New England […]

Toni Cade Bambara

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  Toni Cade Bambara Miltona Mirkin Cade was born March 25th, 1939 in New York City where she was raised by her mother in a single parent home. She was a student of the Harlem Renaissance and was encouraged by her mother to become a writer. She excelled in school, with the support of her […]

Dr. Claude Anderson: Black Economics and Reparations

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Dr. Claude Anderson: Black Economics and Reparations “Elements of Functional Communities: First, they should have an independent economy that is wholly owned by residents of the community and provides consumer products, services, businesses and employment opportunities. Second, they should have an active code of conduct and group accountability. Third, they should have a form of […]

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Judge Jane Bolin

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Judge Jane Bolin April 11, 1908 Jane Bolin was born in Poughkeepsie, New York to parents Matilda Emery and Giaus Bolin. A top student at her high school, Jane graduated early and headed to Wellesley-College. After enrolling into college she maintained her academic excellence and managed to earn a Bachelors of Arts in 1928. After […]

Melvin B. Tolson

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    Melvin B. Tolson   Melvin Tolson was born in Moberley, Missouri in 1898, to parents Reverend Alonzo Tolson and Lera Tolson. Lera Tolson was a seamstress and Reverend Tolson served at several Churches in the Missouri, Iowa and Kansas City areas; Tolson’s parent stressed the importance of education with their four children. In […]