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    This Day in History – December 16, 1946

    Advertisements On this day in 1946, Barbara Smith was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Smith’s activism began in the 1960’s, when she participated in civil rights protests and boycotts while in high school. The first member of the Smith family to graduate college, Barbara earned her B.A. in 1969 from Mount Holyoke College and her M.A. […]

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    This Day in History- December 15, 1932

    Advertisements On this day in 1932, painter Jeff Donaldson was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, a black college town. From a young age, Donaldson expressed his interest in art, encouraging him to begin drawing cartoons and comic books. He later enrolled enrolling in the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where he established the school’s […]

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    This Day in History – December 14, 2005

    Advertisements On this day in 2005, community activist Arthur “Art” Minson passed away in Akron, Ohio at the age of 91. Minson was born in 1914 in Fairmont, West Virginia but moved to Ohio when he was 5 years old. He was an employee of Goodyear Tire for over 40 years, where he worked as […]

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    This Day in History – December 10, 1985

    Advertisements On this day in 1985, Raven Simone was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Landing a modeling contract before turning four years old, Raven and her family moved to New York City shortly after to help increase the chances of her being widely recognized. She appeared in commercials for Cool Whip, Ritz Crackers, among others. Bill […]

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    This Day in History – December 13, 1945

    Advertisements On this day in 1945, Herman Cain was born in Memphis, Tennessee. In 9171, Cain earned his master’s degree in Computer Science from Perdue University while working as a ballistics analyst for the U.S Navy Department. After graduating, Cain accepted a computer systems analyst position with The Coca-Cola Company. However, in 1978, he transferred […]

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    This Day in History – December 12, 1945

    Advertisements On this day in 1945, Darius Gray was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Gray grew in Colorado Springs, where attended Parker High School. After graduating, he went on to continue his education at Columbia University. In 1964, Gray chose to be baptized in the LDS church after being inspired while talking to Mormon missionaries. […]

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    This Day in History – December 11, 1930

    Advertisements On this day in 1930, Dr. Roselyn Payne Epps was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. Epps attended Palmer Memorial High School in Sedalia, North Carolina. After graduating, she went on to continue her education at Howard University in Washington, D.C. In 1951, she graduated with a B.S. Four years later, she graduated with an […]

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    This Day in History – December 3, 1847

    Advertisements On this day in 1847, Fredrick Douglass published the first issue of his anti-slavery newspaper, the North Star. Born into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland, Douglass grew up on a plantation. His exact birth year is unknown. After escaping from slavery at the age of 20, he wrote Narrative of the Life of Frederick […]

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    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 […]

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