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BHM Day 23: Cathay Williams

February 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

Image Cathay Williams was the only female Buffalo Soldier.  She posed as a man named William Cathay and enlisted in the 38th infantry in 1866.  She [...]

BHM Day 22: Madame C.J. Walker

February 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

Image Many of you know Madame C.J. Walker to be one of the first black millionaire entrepreneurs with her vast line of black hair care products. But [...]

BHM Day 21: Dr. Theodore Lawless

February 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

Image Dr. Theodore Lawless was a philanthropist and pioneering dermatologist. Dr. Lawless opened his dermatology practice in Chicago in the 1920s.  [...]

BHM Day 20: Howard “Sandman” Sims

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Image Howard Sims was a tap dancer who received the name “Sandman” because of his practice of sprinkling sand on the stage to alter and amplify [...]

BHM Day 19: John Stewart Rock

February 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

Image John Stewart Rock was one of America’s first black doctors and lawyers.  He is said to have coined the phrase “Black is beautiful” in [...]

BHM Day 18: Onesimus

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Image Inoculations was introduced to America by a slave named Onesimus. He was brought to America and given to minister Cotton Mather as a gift from [...]

BHM Day 17: Olga Kaira

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Image Anna Olga Albertina Brown was a circus trapeze artist known around the world. Known as Miss LaLa, Olga was born in Stettin to German parents [...]

BHM Day 16: Bass Reeves

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Image Bass Reeves, a black cowboy, is believed to be the inspiration for the “Lone Ranger” character. Bass was born a slave but escaped West [...]

BHM Day 15: Will Marion Cook

February 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

Image Will Marion Cook was a black composer wo created several successful Broadway plays and compositions.  He studied violin both in the states and [...]

BHM Day 14: Octavia E. Butler

February 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Image Octavia Butler was a science fiction author. As a child, she was painfully shy, dyslexic and the target of bullies.  So she spent her time [...]

BHM Day 13: Jelly Roll Morton

February 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

Image Jelly Roll Morton used to introduce himself as the inventor of jazz. He began playing piano at the age of 10 and honed his skills in the [...]

BHM Day 12: Sarah Rector

February 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

Image Sarah Rector was once known as the “richest colored girl in the world.”  She was born to African descendants of the Creek Indian tribe in [...]

BHM Day 11: Noble Drew Ali

February 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

Image Nobel Drew Ali was the founder of the Moorish Science Temple of America. He as inspired by Marcus Garvey and wanted to fill Black people with [...]

BHM Day 10: Philippa Schuyler

February 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

Image Philippa Schuyler was a child prodigy pianist. She had a rather odd upbringing.  Her father was a black journalist and essayist.  Her white [...]

BHM Day 8: Fredi Washington

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Image Fredericka “Fredi” Washington was an actress who gained success early in her career.  She is best known for playing “Paola” in the [...]

BHM Day 7: Sambo

February 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

Image The character “Sambo” has long been used as a way to degrade and stereotype black people.  But its origins are rarely discussed. The term [...]

BHM Day 6: Gerald Lawson

February 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

Images Gerald Lawson was an electrical engineer who developed the Fairchild Channel F video game. He also founded and ran Videosoft, the company that [...]

BHM Day 5: Dr. Jewel Plummer Cobb

February 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

Image Dr. Jewel Plummer Cobb was an educator, activist and pioneering biologist. Born to a doctor and teacher, she graduated from Talladega College [...]

BHM Day 4: George & Willie Muse

February 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

Image George & Willie Muse were albino brothers who were kidnapped and added to a traveling sideshow.  They were born to sharecropper parents [...]
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