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Josephine Silone Yates, teacher, activist, clubwoman

Prolific and talented author Tonya Bolden has published another marvelous addition to her growing trove of books on African American history.
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Sarah Jane Woodson Early, notable teacher and member of the WCTU

My friendship and collegiality with Dr. William Loren Katz is almost as extensive and rewarding as the research he has done on Native Americans and Black Americans, and there is no better testament of his enduring scholarship than the recently ...
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James H. Williams, chief porter of Red Caps at Grand Central Terminal

It’s not every day that you walk the streets of Harlem and bump into a published author and even rarer if that author is a good friend.
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Savannah Churchill, a vocalist who merged R&B and jazz

While doing research on the life and legacy of percussionist Max Roach, I stumbled on the name of Savannah Churchill, a singer I first heard when I was about 10 years of age from my mother’s collection of shellac records.
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Paul Robeson Day celebrated at Rutgers football game

As part of a yearlong celebration commemorating 100 years since the 1919 graduation of social activist, lawyer and entertainer Paul Robeson, Robeson was honored last weekend at a Rutgers University football game highlighting his athletic career at the school.
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Joan Johnson, a Black hair care pioneer

It’s never too soon to pay homage to a woman who made such a mark on our culture and on our heads.
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First Black fighter pilot, Eugene Bullard

During a recent conversation with Ed Dwight, once among the most celebrated pilots in the nation, and my goddaughter who is in the process of becoming a commercial airline pilot, I thought of Eugene Bullard.
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Vegan vibes in BK

Black VegFest 2019 recently took place in Brooklyn at the historic Weeksville Heritage Center.
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Medical trailblazer Dr. Edith Irby Jones

When her older sister, Juanita, died during a typhoid epidemic in Arkansas in the 1930s, Edith Irby Jones set her mind on becoming a doctor.
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Liberty back at it after All-Star break

After a big home court win over the Los Angeles Sparks, the New York Liberty had one more game before the league headed into the WNBA All-Star break.
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‘Hidden Figures’ no more—Katherine Johnson and Mary Jackson of NASA

Thanks to the tireless research of Margot Lee Shetterly and her book “Hidden Figures,” Katherine Johnson, Eunice Smith and Mary Jackson were brought from the shadows of history. They received even greater prominence when the film of the same title ...
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Dr. Colin A. Palmer, pre-eminent scholar of the African Diaspora

Two African-American authorities on the history of Blacks in Mexico died within several weeks of each other.
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Women’s suffrage forged by founding sisters: Happy Birthday to Ida B. Wells

“The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press.”
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Bessie B. Stringfield, intrepid motorcyclist and storyteller

Gertrude Hadley Jeannette, a theater maven, was 103 when she died in 2018. Mainly remembered for founding the Hadley Players, she distinguished herself earlier when she learned to drive and became the first woman in New York City to obtain ...
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Bayard Rustin: the March on Washington and its ties to Harlem

Several days ago, Louis Sharp called the Amsterdam News seeking assistance on a historical item. He was trying to verify something he remembered from his past. In 1963, he was a volunteer working with Bayard Rustin, the key coordinator of ...
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