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Bill Withers – Black History Month

William Harrison “Bill” Withers Jr. (July 4, 1938 – March 30, 2020) was an American singer-songwriter and musician.[1] He had several hits over a relatively short career of 15 years, including “Ain’t No Sunshine” (1971), “Grandma’s Hands” (1971), “Use Me” (1972), “Lean on Me” (1972), “Lovely Day” (1977), and “Just the Two of Us” (1981). Withers wonContinue reading “Bill Withers – Black History Month”

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Why all Americans should honor Juneteenth – Black History Month

When American schoolchildren learn about chattel slavery in the US, we’re often told it ended with Abraham Lincoln’s signature on the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. But, as late as June 19, 1865, enslaved people in Texas were still held in bondage. On that date, the Federal troops entered the state and began to punish slaveContinue reading “Why all Americans should honor Juneteenth – Black History Month”

Hank Aaron – Black History Month

Henry Louis Aaron (February 5, 1934 – January 22, 2021), nicknamed “Hammer” or “Hammerin’ Hank“, was an American professional baseball right fielder who played 23 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), from 1954 through 1976. He spent 21 seasons with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves in the National League (NL) and two seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers in the American League (AL). Aaron is regarded as one of the greatest baseballContinue reading “Hank Aaron – Black History Month”

Little Richard | “The Innovator, The Originator, and The Architect of Rock and Roll” – Black History Month

Richard Wayne Penniman (December 5, 1932 – May 9, 2020), known as Little Richard, was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was an influential figure in popular music and culture for seven decades. Nicknamed “The Innovator, The Originator, and The Architect of Rock and Roll,” Richard’s most celebrated work dates from the mid-1950s, when his charismatic showmanship andContinue reading “Little Richard | “The Innovator, The Originator, and The Architect of Rock and Roll” – Black History Month”

Pinckney B.S. Pinchback | First Black Louisiana Governor – Black History Month

Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback (born Pinckney Benton Stewart,[citation needed] May 10, 1837 – December 21, 1921) was an American publisher and politician, a Union Army officer, and the first African American to become governor of a U.S. state. A Republican, Pinchback served as the 24th Governor of Louisiana from December 9, 1872, to January 13, 1873. He was one of the most prominent African-American officeholders during the Reconstruction Era. Pinchback wasContinue reading “Pinckney B.S. Pinchback | First Black Louisiana Governor – Black History Month”

Medgar Evers – Black History Month

Civil rights activist Medgar Evers was born on July 2, 1925, in Decatur, Mississippi. In 1954, he became the first state field secretary of the NAACP in Mississippi. As such, he organized voter-registration efforts and economic boycotts, and investigated crimes perpetrated against blacks. A college graduate, Evers became active in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s.Continue reading “Medgar Evers – Black History Month”

Joséphine Baker – Black History Month

Josephine Baker (born Freda Josephine McDonald, naturalised French Joséphine Baker; 3 June 1906 – 12 April 1975) was an American-born French entertainer, French Resistance agent, and civil rights activist. Her career was centered primarily in Europe, mostly in her adopted France. She was the first Black woman to star in a major motion picture, theContinue reading “Joséphine Baker – Black History Month”

Booker T. Washington – Black History Month

In 1872, Booker T. Washington traveled 500 miles on foot to the Hampton Institute in Virginia. That journey, in turn, laid the foundation — not only for his own education — but his life’s mission to empower and compel black people to invest in industrial education. Washington’s bright mind and forward thinking led him toContinue reading “Booker T. Washington – Black History Month”

Billie Holiday – Black History Month

Jazz vocalist Billie Holiday was born in 1915 in Philadelphia. Considered one of the best jazz vocalists of all time, Holiday had a thriving career as a jazz singer for many years before she lost her battle with substance abuse. Also known as Lady Day, her autobiography was made into the 1972 film Lady SingsContinue reading “Billie Holiday – Black History Month”