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    This Day in History – November 27, 1942

    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 him […]

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    This Day in History – November 26, 1797

    On this day in 1797, abolitionist and women’s right activist Sojourner Truth was born into slavery in New York. Details of her early life remain cloudy due to the time period. However, it is known that Truth birthed five children, three of which were sold away from her. Upon escape in 1827, she became heavily […]

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    This Day in History – November 25, 1954

    On this day in 1954, journalist Nathan McCall was born in Norfolk, Virginia. Raised by his mother and stepfather, McCall graduated in 1973 from Manor High School in Portsmouth, Virginia. He had plans to attend college, however, he was sent to prison for three years due to his involvement in an armed robbery. Upon release, […]

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    This Day in History – November 24, 1940

    On this day in 1940, musician Wendell Logan was born in Thomson, Georgia. Logan’s father, an alto saxophonist, inspired him to pursue musical studies. Logan graduated from the historically black Florida A&M University in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in music. While in school, he heard Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite for the first time. Inspired […]

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    This Day in History – November 23, 1943

    On this day in 1943, mixed-media artist Napoleon Jones-Henderson was born in Chicago, Illinois. In 1963, Henderson attended the Sorbonne Student Continuum Student and Artists Center in Paris, France where he participated in a year-long independent study program. Upon completion, he returned to the United States and enrolled in the Art Institute of Chicago where […]

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    This Day in History – November 22, 2014

    On this day in 2014, Tamir Rice was shot and killed by police in Cleveland, Ohio. Rice, a 12-year-old African American boy was sitting in a Cleveland public park holding a pellet gun when Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback shot him. The officers responded to a call placed to 911 that stated a man […]

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    This Day in History – November 21, 2002

    On this day in 2002, elementary school teacher Frances T. Matlock died at the age of 95. Born in Chicago on January 6, 1907, Matlock attended Proviso East High School and graduated as the only African American in her graduating class of 1924. While in school, several of Matlock’s teachers encouraged her to enter the […]

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    This Day in History – November 20, 1921

    On this day in 1921, Bessie Coleman became the first black woman to receive a permit to fly internationally. Born on January 26, 1892 in Texas, Coleman grew up in a family with 12 siblings. When she was a child, her father left the family and moved to Oklahoma. Coleman’s mother worked hard to raise […]

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    This Day in History – November 19, 1952

    On this day in 1952, Democrat Marcia Fudge was born in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1975, Fudge earned her BS in business administration from Ohio State University. After graduating, she immediately began working as a law clerk. Fudge later decided to go on to continue her education, earning a JD from Cleveland State University in 1983. […]

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    This Day in History – November 18, 1945

    On this day in 1945, Alice Nkom was born in the country of Cameroon. Nkom became the first female lawyer in Cameroon in the year 1969. Working with civil rights cases, her clients were frequently women’s rights activists, victims of police violence, and members of the LGBT community. Despite being threatened by the government, she […]