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Benjamin L. Hooks (b.1925 - d.2010) was an American civil rights leader. A Baptist minister and practicing attorney, he was executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 1977 to 1992. He decided to enter Tennessee state politics and in 1965 he became the first black criminal court judge in Tennessee history. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in November 2007. He died in 2010 at 85.
Ida B. Wells Biography Civil Rights Activist, Journalist (1862–1931) Ida B. Wells was an African-American journalist and activist who led an anti-lynching crusade in the United States in the 1890s. A daughter of slaves, Ida B. Wells was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi, on July 16, 1862. A journalist, Wells led an anti-lynching crusade in the U.S. in the 1890s, and went on to found and become integral in groups striving for African-American justice. She died in 1931 in Chicago, Illinois.
E. Franklin Frazier (September 24, 1894 - May 17, 1962) was among the most prominent African American sociologists of the early 20th century. His work, including 8 books and numerous articles, examined the impact of economics, politics and racial prejudice from slavery to Jim Crow on black family life. He taught at Morehouse, Fisk, and Howard, founding the Atlanta University School of Social Work.
An activist, sociologist, writer, and brilliant scholar, W.E.B Dubois penned 21 books in his lifetime and over 100 significant essays. He was also the first black man to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard. His seminal work, The Souls of Black Folk, was groundbreaking in 1903—dissecting the emancipation of blacks and its effects on African Americans in the 40 years since. [click on this image to find a bundle of short videos that explore the influential ideas of W.E.B. DuBois' influential ideas]
"Power Pinners Will Be Blocked! Power pinning causes boards to slow down & freeze. You are not the only one pinning from any given board at any given time. Power pinners are people who pin 10 - 20 - 30 + pins in a matter of minutes, causing boards to slow down & freeze. Be respectful. IF YOU FREEZE MY BOARDS WHILE I AM WORKING ON THEM, I WILL BLOCK YOU.
Lucy Laney 1854-1933, founded the first kindergarten for black children in Augusta; the first Nurses' Training Institute for black females; organized the first black high-school football in Georgia; and developed a curriculum that combined arts and sciences with job-training and vocational programs. Among her students was Mary Mcleod Bethune who would one day found her own school and eventually become an advisor to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Did you know the Bronx Zoo once held a person in their Monkey House? Ota Benga (circa 1883 – March 20, 1916) was a Congolese man, a Mbuti pygmy known for being featured in an anthropology exhibit at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri in 1904, and in a controversial human zoo exhibit in 1906 at the Bronx Zoo. This is Benga in 1904.
Ota Benga at the Bronx Zoo in 1906. Only five promotional photos exist of Benga's time here, none of them in the "Monkey House"; cameras were not allowed. A sign read;The African Pigmy, "Ota Benga."Age, 23 years. Height, 4 feet 11 inches.Weight, 103 pounds. Brought from the Kasai River, Congo Free State, South Cen- tral Africa, by Dr. Samuel P. Verner. Ex- hibited each afternoon during September
Maxine Powell, the legendary Motown etiquette expert, died on October 14, 2013 at the age of 98. She coached legends like Smokey Robinson and The Supremes on things like how to get in and out of cars, how to use props on stage and the proper way to greet important guests who visited backstage after a show. ‘“We worked with developing class,” she once said.
Shark Island is a small island located off the coast of Nambia. It’s the site where over hundred years ago the Germans held a concentration camp which was also known as “Death Island”. Shark Island Concentration Camp is something like other African tragedies that is omitted from history Over 10,000 African people from the Herero and Namaqua tribe were killed between 1905 to 1907. At the time Nambia was under the German empire