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Everyday Black History – Billie Holiday

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I remember watching movies; going to plays; and learning about Billie Holiday growing up. Such an interesting and beauti ful woman with a great voice. She also had a lot of sadness.

She received four posthumous Grammy awards, for Best Historical Album. She, herself, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame 1973.

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Everyday Black History – Martin Delany

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You learned about Harriet Tubman, Frederic Douglass, and Sojourner Truth; but, have you learned about Martin Delany? He was an abolitionist, journalist, physician, writer, and arguably the first proponent of Black Nationalism.

If you are or have ever been a member or interested in Black Nationalism, you have him to thank. He joined integrated militia to help defend the Black community against White mob attacks.

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Every Day Black History – bell hooks

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Took on the pen name “bell hooks” (After her grandmother, Bell Blair Hooks) in the 1970s to move away from writing poetry and into a focus on critical essays on systems of domination.

Continues to be a voice for educational reform, and the ability of students to engage in rigorous study and to think critically.

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Everyday Black History – Dick Gregory

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He fought for our rights almost up to his last day. He took on a range of issues, including ending the Vietnam War; feminism; Native-American rights; and apartheid in South Africa.

Many didn’t know that he received a lot of funding from Hugh Hefner. Read more about Dick Gregory and many others from Urban Intellectuals Black History Flash Cards. Click here for more information on purchasing options at my affiliate website.

Everyday Black History – Audre Lorde

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Don’t get it twisted and think that phenomenal Black people in general, or phenomenal Black women in particular, only helped in the US or Africa.

Today you will meet Audre Lorde. She empowered African women living in Europe to become more conscious through Afro-German movement she started in Berlin.

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Everyday Black History – Elijah McCoy

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Have you ever heard or said something is the real McCoy? Do you know where this term comes from? Well, look no further than Elijah McCoy. He was the son of former slaves from Kentucky who escaped via Underground Railroad to Canada.

His oil-drip cup invention was so amazing that people termed the phrase “The Real McCoy” which now refers to something authentic and of high quality.

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Everyday Black History – Assata Shakur

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Imagine being most wanted for more than four decades. Well, meet Assata Shakur. Regarded as a hero for her protests against racism and her role in the 1970s Black Liberation Army. She became the first woman to be placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list after escaping to Cuba from prison, where she was serving a life sentence for the 1973 murder of a police officer.

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