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Day 18: Escape to Canada- Shadrach Minkins

If you relied solely on what is being taught in schools about Black history or what you can easily find on the internet, you would think Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, and Robert Smalls were the only “significant” escaped slaves.  Everyone who escaped and survived is significant but there was one who had an interesting story …

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Day 15 – 40 acres and a mule… Or Maybe Not

Welcome to Day 15! While I have celebrated Black History Month in the past by sharing articles and tidbits with family and friends this time it’s different.  Instead of simply finding a link or story that stood out, I have really been looking for topics that weren’t so common and have learned so much this …

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Day 13 – Too Black, Too Strong and Most Often, Misunderstood – The Black Panther Party

What comes to mind when you hear about the Black Panthers? Do you envision Afros, all black, leather jackets and berets, gangsters, intimidation, black power, radicalism, rifle toting men and women, violence, extremist, OR or do you think about what the intended mission was for this revolutionary party and consider why the government was determined …

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Day 12 – Can We Celebrate the Modern Heroes As Well?

While narrowing down the topics for today’s post I realized something rather disturbing about black history. After pages and pages of internet browsing I found a common theme – We (people writing, sharing and celebrating our history) seem to be stuck in time. While black men and women made great contributions to American society throughout …

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Day 11 – Augustus Washington, Black Daguerreotypist

Day 11 – Meet Augustus Washington, one of America’s first black photographers and Daguerreotypist. Augsutus Washington was born in 1820 in Trenton, New Jersey in 1820 to a Black father and Asian mother.  As a young man, he wanted to attend college but lacked the financial resources and decided to try his hand at the …

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Day 9 – Over 70 Years Later, Justice for George Stinney

It took 10 minutes to convict 14-year-old George Stinney Jr.  It took 70 years after his execution to exonerate him. Being known for a historic event  isn’t always a good thing and learning about this story literally made me feel nauseous and angry at the same time knowing this is just one of many instances …

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Day 8 – Seven Years a Slave (Hiding Under a Porch)

Before Anita Hill, Carmita Woods,  Mechelle Vinson or other women part of the #METOO movement sharing their experiences of  sexual harassment,  there was former slave, abolitionist and author Harriet Jacobs. Welcome to Day 8! Harriet Ann Jacobs was the first woman to author a slave narrative called Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.  Written by …

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