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    This Day in History – October 19, 1936

    On this day in 1936, Johnetta Betsch Cole was born in Jacksonville, Florida. At the age of 15, Cole enrolled in Fisk University, a historically black college. She later transferred to Oberlin College in Ohio, where she earned her B.A. in Sociology. She continued on to graduate school, earning both her master’s and Ph.D. in […]

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    This Day in History – October 17, 1928

    On this day in 1928, Lerone Bennett, Jr. was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi. As a young child, he and his family moved to Jackson, Mississippi where Bennett attended segregated schools as a child under the state system. After high school, he went on to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Bennett noted that this time […]

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    This Day in History – October 15, 1991

    On this day in 1991, Judge Clarence Thomas became the 106th associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Thomas, the second African American member of the Supreme Court, was born on June 23, 1948 in the small black community of Pin Point, Georgia. After high school, before deciding to become a justice, Thomas attended St. […]

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    This Day in History – October 14, 1999

    On this day in 1999, the governor of Pennsylvania, Thomas Ride, signed the death warrant for Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was charged with the slaying of a police officer. Mumia was born Wesley Cook in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in April of 1954. When he was in high school, he had a teacher encourage students to take on […]

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    This Day in History – October 13, 1926

    On this day in 1926, the first black naval aviator, Jesse Leroy Brown, was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Brown grew up in a very poor family, living in a home without central heating or plumbing. When he was six years old, his father took him to an air show. This was when Brown first expressed […]

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    Issa Rae: Shooting for the Stars

    Issa Rae, the creator and star of HBO’s Insecure, has quickly become one of the most prominent black women in the television world. Rae, 32, first hit the scene when her YouTube channel, Awkward Black Girl,” was viewed by millions. She then landed a deal with ABC and even published a New York Times best-selling book […]

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    This Day in History – October 11, 1972

    On this day in 1972, a prison uprising in a Washington, D.C. jail occurred when approximately fifty inmates gained control of a cellblock where they held 12 jail officials hostage. Their demands had to do with improving jail conditions and reducing overcrowding. Before the uprising occurred, two inmates at the District of Columbia jail obtained […]

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    This Day in History – October 12, 1932

    On this day in 1932, Richard “Dick” Gregory was born in St. Louis, Missouri. The second of six children, Gregory grew up in an extremely impoverished household and was raised by a single mother. At an early age, Gregory experienced a lot of bullying and discrimination. In his 1964 autobiography, he says of these childhood […]