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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    This Day in History – November 29, 1963

    Advertisements On this day in 1963, electrical engineer Edward Tunstel was born in Harlem, New York. From a young age, Tunstel was interested in art, inspiring him to pursue a career in architecture. He graduated from Springfield Gardens High School in Queens, New York in 1981 and then went on to continue his education at […]

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    This Day in History – November 28, 1937

    Advertisements On this day in 1937, radio executive Marv Dyson was born in Chicago, Illinois. Born to Florence and Richard Dyson, both radio announcers, Marv attended McCosh Elementary School and Parker High School, from which he graduated in 1955. He went on to continue his educated at the College of Emporia in Emporia in Kansas, […]

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    This Day in History – November 27, 1942

    Advertisements On this day in 1942, rock legend Jimi Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington. From a young age, Hendrix expressed his interest in music, inspired by artists such as Buddy Holly, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and Robert Jonson. Completely self-taught, Hendrix was unable to read music. While this may seem debilitating, it only made […]