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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 4

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J Gary Cooper

  02 October 1936 J. Gary Cooper, military, government, and business leader, was appointed United States Ambassador to Jamaica by President Bill Clinton in 1994. He was the first African American to occupy the position. Prior to his appointment, he had a distinguished military career. Jerome Gary Cooper was born on October 2, 1936 in Lafayette, Louisiana to a devout Catholic family, but grew up in segregated Mobile, Alabama and attended McGill-Toolen Catholic High School.  Based on a recommendation from Archbishop Fulton Sheen of New York, he won an […]

todayOctober 2, 2022 6

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Black History Month 2022

During October the UK Celebrates Black History Month. Although Black History Month has been celebrated every February in the USA since 1970, it was not officially celebrated in the UK until 1987 when it was organised by the activist Akyaaba Addai-Sebo who, at the time was the coordinator for special projects for the Greater London Council. The first Black History Month was celebrated only in London, but in the years […]

todayOctober 1, 2022 10

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What’s happened since the WindRush Scandal

Trauma doesn’t just go away The WindRush Scandal situation which caused many of the Windrush Generation suddenly finding themselves on the wrong side of immigration legislation because they couldn’t provide the paperwork to prove they had the right to stay in the UK. The Home Office continues to destory the lives of many even four years after the WindRush Scandal. A 62-year-old Windrush compensation claimant says she was left distressed and hopeless […]

todayJune 23, 2022 16

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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights Leader

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights Leader   The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (15 January 1929– 4 April 1968) was the charismatic leader of the U.S. civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. He directed the year-long Montgomery bus boycott, which attracted scrutiny by a wary, divided nation, but his leadership and the resulting Supreme Court ruling against bus segregation brought him fame. He formed […]

todayJanuary 15, 2022 13

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