BY WALTER OPINDE  Born on 27th June, 1872, Paul Laurence Dunbar was one of the first African-American poets to gain national recognition. His parents Joshua and Matilda Murphy Dunbar were freed slaves from Kentucky. His parents separated shortly after his birth, but Dunbar would draw on their stories of plantation life throughout his writing career. […]

By C. T. Smith Patrick Francis Healy is the first African-American to earn a PhD. Healy earned his doctorate degree from Louvain University in Belgium in 1865. One of nine children of his enslaved father and mother, he was reared in Jones and Macon, Georgia. Upon the death of the family patriarch, he bequeathed his […]

Educator Edna Meade Colson dedicated her professional career toward making it easier for African Americans to receive a high quality education throughout Virginia. Colson was born and educated in Petersburg and attended Fisk University’s normal school in Nashville, Tennessee. She taught for one year in North Carolina and then returned to Virginia as an instructor […]

June 27, 2015: Bree Newsome, a 30-year-old African-American woman, was arrested at the state capitol of South Carolina after scaling the 30-foot flagpole and unhooking the Confederate flag. As police officers shouted at her to come down, Newsome shimmied to the top, took the flag in her hand and said, “You come against me with […]

Mary Francis Hill was born August 15, 1900 in Baker County, Georgia. She was the youngest child and the surviving twin of Martha, who died at childbirth. Mary was raised by her aunts and uncles after losing her parents at a young age, and her value of willingness to help others was shaped by this […]

June 27, 2014: Bobby Womack died in sleep, he was 70. In early 2012, Womack entered several hospitals with health problems including pneumonia, for which he was successfully treated. It was revealed in March that Womack was diagnosed with colon cancer after Bootsy Collins reported it on his Facebook page. Womack announced afterward that he […]

June 27, 1890: George Dixon becomes the 1st black world boxing champion in any weight class, while also being the 1st ever Canadian-born boxing champion, when he knocked out out Nunc Wallace of England in 18 rounds, gaining the World Bantamweight Championship. George Dixon was a Black-Canadian professional boxer. Dixon was born in Africville, Halifax, […]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE LATE GREAT, MR. PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR! Paul Laurence Dunbar was an African-American poet, novelist, and playwright of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Much of his popular work in his lifetime used a Negro dialect, which helped him become one of the 1st nationally-accepted African-American writers. Much of his writing, […]

Key Highlights About Esther Afua Ocloo: First person of African ancestry to obtain a cooling diploma from Good Housekeeping Institute Pioneer in micro-lending Founder of the Women’s World of Banking (1976)   Esther Afua Ocloo was a Ghanaian entrepreneur and pioneer of micro-lending, a program of making small loans in order to stimulate businesses. She […]

For all those who love baking, but want the tasks to be made as easy as possible, you have Anna M. Mangin to thank for her ability to foresee your needs. The young African American woman invented the pastry fork in 1891. The utensil was used to mix dough for pie crusts, cookies, butter and […]

BY WALTER OPINDE  On this date, 26th June, we join hands to help Bernard Anthony Harris, Jr. celebrate his 61st birthday. On a day like this, 26th June, 1956, Bernard was born in Temple, Texas. He became the first Afro-American to ever walk in space. He is an African-American scientist, surgeon, and former NASA astronaut. […]

BY WALTER OPINDE  On this day, 26th June, 1934, William E.B. Du Bois resigned from the NAACP board and from the Crisis because of his new advocacy of an African-American nationalist strategy. The strategy was to be implemented in African-American controlled institutions, schools, and economic cooperatives. This approach opposed the NAACP’s commitment to integration. However, […]

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