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    This Day in History – August 17, 1984

    Advertisements On this day in 1984, Roberto Clemente became the second baseball player to be featured on a stamp. The 20 cent stamp, commemorating the 50th birthday of this baseball star, was issued on August 17th, 1984 in Clemente’s birthplace of Carolina, Puerto Rico. The stamps were issued in panes of 50, and designed by […]

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    This Day in History – August 16, 1963

    Advertisements On this day in 1963, a stamp created by Georg Olden went on sale to commemorate the one-hundredth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. This made Mr. Olden the first African American to design a U.S. postage stamp. Once listed in a Japanese magazine as one of the top fifteen designers in the United States, […]

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    This Day in History – August 15, 1938

    Advertisements On this day in 1938, Congresswoman Maxine Waters was born. At age 79, she has been serving as the U.S. Representative for California’s 29th, 35th, and now the 43rd congressional district since 1991. Her political beliefs hold true as an outspoken, blunt opponent of both the Iraqi war, and Donald Trump. Coming fifth in […]

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    This Day in History – August 14, 1968

    Advertisements On this day in 1968, Halle Berry, one of the most wealthy black women in the world, was born in Cleveland, Ohio to an African-American father, Jerome Jesse Berry, and a Caucasian mother, Judith Ann of German and English origins. Halle was raised by her single mother in Bedford after her father left them […]

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    This Day in History – August 13, 1911

    Advertisements On this day in 1911, James Benton Parsons, the first black American federal judge, was born in Kansas City. He was the fourth born son of James Benton and Maggie Parsons. Judge Parsons grew up in downstate Decatur and earned his music degree in 1934 from Millikan University. He later graduated with a master’s […]

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    This Day in History – August 12, 1977

    Advertisements On this day in 1977, Stephen Biko was arrested in South Africa. Biko was the leader of the Black Consciousness (BC) Movement in South Africa in the 1970s. BC was a global movement with a call to restore African and Black consciousness which had been drowned through colonialism, racism and slavery. It was meant […]

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    This Day in History – August 11, 1925

    Advertisements On this day in 1925, Carl Thomas Rowan was born. As a journalist and reporter, Rowan also appeared frequently as a television commentator and authored several biographies of well-known figures such as Jackie Robinson and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Born in a small mining town in Tennessee, Rowan grew up in a house with […]

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    This Day in History – August 10, 1981

    Advertisements On this day in 1981, Coca Cola funded $34 million into black businesses, ending a national boycott. Rainbow/PUSH was formed by the merging of two non-profit organizations founded by Jesse Jackson — Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity) and the National Rainbow Coalition. The organizations pursued social justice, civil rights, and political activism. […]

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    This Day in History – August 9, 1936

    Advertisements On this day in 1936, Jesse Owens won four gold medals in the Berlin Olympics. James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens was an American track and field athlete and four-time Olympic gold medalist in the 1936 Games. Owens specialized in sprints and long jumps. He was recognized as “perhaps the greatest and most famous athlete in […]

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    This Day in History – August 8, 1989

    Advertisements On this day in 1989, Congressman George Thomas “Mickey” Leland, members of his congressional staff, and State Department officials die in a plane crash near Gambella, Ethiopia. George Thomas “Mickey” Leland was an anti-poverty activist who later became a congressman from the Texas 18th District and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. He was […]