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Black History

Oba Ewuare & Benin City

  Benin City, currently located in Southern Nigeria and 25 Miles (40km) north of the Benin River, was once the capital city of Igodomigodo, a kingdom ruled by the Ogiso dynasty.   Currently inhabited by the Edo people, a native ethnic group to Nigeria, Benin City was an unofficial wonder of the Ancient world for its exceptional craftsmanship with Ivory, Bronze and mud, its architectural wonders and man made . […]

todayOctober 12, 2022 8

Black History

Lilian Bader – First Black Woman To Join The AirForce

  Lilian Bader Marrying in 1913, Marcus Bailey was a Barbadian born migrant who found himself in England, coupled with an English born, Irish raised woman* on the outbreak of war. The possibility of a happy family was postponed as war broke out in 1914 and Marcus would find himself serving in the Royal Navy as a Merchant Seaman until the war finished.   However, upon the wars end, the […]

todayOctober 11, 2022 13

Black History

Diane Abbott MP- 33 years as a Titan of British Politics

Diane Abbott stands to give her maiden speech and make history as the first black woman ever elected into the House of Commons. It’s 1987. There are Tory men shouting and jeering. There are Labour MPs who regret her very presence in the House. This won’t be the last time in Diane’s career that she will make history whilst staring the forces of reaction in the face. As well as […]

todayOctober 10, 2022 2

Black History

Joe Clough The first Black Bus Driver

Joe Clough was born in Jamaica in 1887 and orphaned at an early age. He became the first Black bus driver of a London motorbus. As a boy, he was employed by a Scottish doctor, Dr R C White, to look after his polo ponies. In 1905 while they were returning from a dance at the governor’s house in Kingston, they had a conversation that was to change Clough’s life. […]

todayOctober 9, 2022 7

Black History

Taíno: Indigenous Caribbeans

The Taíno were an Arawak people who were the indigenous people of the Caribbean and Florida. At the time of European contact in the late 15th century, they were the principal inhabitants of most of Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola (the Dominican Republic and Haiti), and Puerto Rico. In the Greater Antilles, the northern Lesser Antilles, and the Bahamas, they were known as the Lucayans and spoke the Taíno language, a derivative of the the Arawakan languages. The ancestors of the Taíno entered the Caribbean from South America. At the […]

todayOctober 8, 2022 3

Black History

Nubia and the Noba people

  The name Nubia is derived from that of the Noba people, nomads who settled the area in the 4th century, with the collapse of the kingdom of Meroë. The Noba spoke a Nilo-Saharan language, ancestral to Old Nubian. A man in traditional dress next to a traditional Nubian house, Nubia, southern Egypt, When discussing the civilisations of the Nile Valley, many histories focus almost exclusively on the role of […]

todayOctober 7, 2022 4

Black History

Fannie Lou Townsend Hamer

06 October 1917 - Fannie Lou Townsend Hamer Fannie Lou Townsend Hamer rose from humble beginnings in the Mississippi Delta to become one of the most important, passionate, and powerful voices of the civil and voting rights movements and a leader in the efforts for greater economic opportunities for African Americans. Hamer was born on October 6, 1917 in Montgomery County, Mississippi, the 20th and last child of sharecroppers Lou Ella […]

todayOctober 6, 2022 3

Black History

Barbara Jordan – Acceptance Speech for Sylvanus Thayer Award

5 October 1995 - Barbara Jordan  On October 5, 1995, three months before her death, former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan received the Sylvanus Thayer Award named in honor of Sylvanus Thayer, Class of 1808, who was the thirty-third graduate of the Academy and who nine years later became its fifth superintendent.  The award is presented by the Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy to an outstanding citizen of […]

todayOctober 5, 2022 2

Black History

Juanita Jewel Shanks Craft (1902-1985) and the long Civil Rights Movement in Texas

  04 October 2013 - Juanita Jewel Shanks A small but growing number of black women are slowly being recognized for their contributions to the “long” civil rights movement, the nearly century-long struggle by African Americans against all forms of racial discrimination. In the account below University of Texas-El Paso historian Cecilia Gutierrez Venable describes Juanita Jewel Shanks Craft, one of the most important of these activists in 20th Century […]

todayOctober 4, 2022 7

Black History

Alfred Charles Sharpton

  3 October 1954 - Alfred Charles Sharpton Born in Brooklyn, New York on October 3, 1954, Alfred Charles Sharpton, Jr., is an American Baptist minister and political, social, and human rights advocate.  Known as “the Wonder Boy” as a youth, he was licensed and ordained as a Pentecostal minister and toured with the gospel singer Mahalia Jackson.  In the late 1980’s, Sharpton became a Baptist minister. Often criticized and […]

todayOctober 3, 2022 6

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