Archive for August 2010

Fannie Lou Hamer

Aug 6th, 2010 | By
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1917-1977  Fannie Lou Hamer became active in the Civil Rights movement when she was denied the right to register to vote in Indianola, Mississippi. This experience of overt discrimination inspired the 44-year-old Hamer to give up her family life and devote her remaining years to the fight for racial equality in the south, in which
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Angelina Weld Grimke

Aug 5th, 2010 | By
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1880-1958 Angelina Weld Grimke was a poet and educator from a prominent, multiracial family. Her published works include passionate protests against racism and eloquent portrayals of the issues faced by black Americans in the early 20th century. Famous Family Grimke was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on February 27, 1880. Her mother, Sarah E. Stanley, was
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Althea Gibson

Aug 4th, 2010 | By
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1927-2003 Althea Gibson’s athletic prowess led to her recognition as an outstanding professional tennis player. In an era of extreme racial segregation, she triumphed over humble beginnings to become the first African American to enter and earn titles at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon championships. She also was the first Black to play in the
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Rube Foster

Aug 3rd, 2010 | By
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1879-1930 Andrew”Rube” Foster was an early baseball star. During his accomplished career, he developed innovative pitching styles, rallied his teams to a number of championships, and most notably, founded the first enduring baseball league for black players. A Runaway Earns a Reputation Foster was born in Calvert, Texas, on September 17, 1879, to Andrew Foster,
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James Forten

Aug 2nd, 2010 | By
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1766-1842 James Forten used his success as a sailmaker in Philadelphia to advance the abolitionist cause. He founded numerous organizations to aid recently freed or
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