Madison Washington: The Free Man Who Led A Successful Slave Revolt

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    Madison Washington Madison Washington was a man born into slavery in Virginia who managed to escape, but risked his own freedom to help free his beloved Susan. Washington was described as having extraordinary African features, superb leadership qualities and a fierce spirit. He was considered a fugitive for escaping slavery and heading north […]

Dr. Carter G. Woodson

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      Dr. Carter G. Woodson December 19th, 1875 James Henry and Anne Eliza Woodson gave birth to one of the greatest minds of the 20th century, Carter G. Woodson, in New Canton, Virginia. As a young child Woodson’s family was poor and sharecropping was a means his family used to support themselves.  As […]

Rev. John C. Mickle Jr.

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Rev. John Charles Mickle Jr. John Charles Mickle Jr. was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1914 to parents John Charles Mickle Sr. and Ethelyn Simmons Mickle. Mr. John Mickle Sr. was a high school principle and Mrs. Ethelyn was an elementary school teacher so education was highly important within the Mickle household. Rev. Mickle graduated […]

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 […]

Alesandro de Medici The Grand Duke of Florence

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Alessandro de Medici The Grand Duke of Florence Alessandro de Medici was born in Florence, Italy in 1510 to a mother who was a servant girl. His mother served the de Medici family, his father was said to be Pope Clement VII, the nephew of Lorenzo de Medici “The Magnificent.” Alessandro was nicknamed the “Moor” […]

Mary McLeod Bethune

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Born July 10 1875, in Mayesville, South Carolina, her parents were former slaves and her family lived in poverty, but Mary did not let her situation define the rest of her life. As one of seventeen children they all were responsible for contributing to their household duties; they toiled fields and picked cotton on a […]

Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan

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Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan On December 31st, 1918, Yosef Alfredo Antonio Ben-Jochannan was born in a Falasha community in Ethiopia to an Afro-Puerto Rican mother and an Ethiopian father. He received his education in various countries such as Puerto Rico, Brazil, Cuba, and Spain. Dr. Ben-Jochannan received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of […]