Advertisements

The Latest from Up From Slavery

  • Trending

    ,

    This Day in History – December 9, 1938

    Advertisements On this day in 1938, David “Deacon” Jones was born in Eatonville, Florida. Jones attended Hungerford High School, where he excelled in athletics. No stranger adversity, Jones admitted after his career ended, “I thank God I had the ability to play a violent game like football. It gave me an outlet for the anger […]

  • Trending

    ,

    This Day in History – December 8, 1903

    Advertisements On this day in 1903, Zelma George was born in Hearne, Texas. When she was 15 years old, her father, a Baptist minister, moved the family to Topeka, Kansas. George graduated from Topeka Public Schools and then enrolled at the University of Chicago. She graduated in 1924 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She […]

  • Trending

    ,

    This Day in History – December 7, 1940

    Advertisements On this day in 1940, Carole Simpson was born in Chicago, Illinois. In elementary school, she developed an interest in drama, taking acting lessons and learning to project her voice for television and radio. In 1958, Simpson graduated high school and was admitted to the University of Illinois. During summer breaks, she worked for […]

  • ,

    This Day in History – December 6, 1970

    Advertisements On this day in 1970, Adrian Malik Fenty was born in Washington, D.C. Fenty graduated from Woodrow Wilson Senior High School and then went on to attend Oberlin College in Ohio, where he gained his first political experience while serving as an intern for Ohio Senator Howard Metzenbaum. Additionally, Fenty interned for District of […]

  • ,

    This Day in History – December 5, 1932

    Advertisements On this day in 1932, James Cleveland, known as the “King of Gospel” was born in Chicago, Illinois. As a child, Cleveland began singing at Pilgrim Baptist Church. After severely straining her vocal cords, which left him with his distinctive voice, he turned to focusing on his skills as a pianist. In 1950, he […]

  • ,

    This Day in History – December 4, 1973

    Advertisements On this day in 1973, Tyra Banks was born in Inglewood, California. She attended Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles. When she turned 17, she began trying to find a modeling agency to sign her. However, she was met with rejection and discrimination. One agency told her she looked “too ethnic” and another […]

  • ,

    This Day in History – December 2, 2008

    Advertisements On this day in 2008, Odetta Gordon died at the age of 77 in New York City, New York. Born on December 31, 1930 in Birmingham, Alabama, her mother and stepfather moved the family to Los Angeles in 1936. Shortly after, Gordon developed her interest in classical music. After graduating high school, she enrolled […]

  • ,

    This Day in History – December 1, 1987

    Advertisements On this day in 1987, James Baldwin died in Saint Paul, France. Born in Harlem, New York City on August 2, 1924, Baldwin developed his love for reading at an early age. At the age of 14, he followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming a preacher in the Pentecostal church. Baldwin graduated DeWitt Clinton […]

  • ,

    This Day in History – November 30, 1971

    Advertisements On this day in 1971, Barbara Sizemore was named superintendent of the District of Columbia Public Schools, making her the first African American female to head the public school system in a major city. Sizemore was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1927. At the young age of 16, she graduated high school and went […]

Back to Top