Howard Thurman

He was African-American. He died in San Francisco. He influenced Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was the dean of chapels at Howard and Boston Universities and the first black dean of a majority-white university in the United States. He co-founded the first major interdenominational church in the United States, the Church of Fellowship of […]

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Zora Neale Hurston

Sunrise 1/7/1891 Nostasulga, Alabama, sunset 1/28/60 in Florida. She was a PK, preacher’s kid. She grew up in Eatonville, Florida, an all-black town. She worked as a maid and a singer. During her life she had 4 novels published, most notably Their Eyes Were Watching God, and 50 short stories, plays, and essays. She lied […]

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Angela Davis #WeAreEverywhere

She was born 1/26/44 in Birmingham, Alabama. As a girl scout she protested against segregation. She went to a Quaker school in New York during her junior and senior years in high school. She was one of three black students at Brandeis during her freshman year. She was prosecuted for conspiracy in 1970, spent 18 […]

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James Baldwin #WeAreEverywhere

Sunrise 8/2/24 in Harlem, sunset 12/1/87 in Saint-Paul-de-Vance, France. He wrote the school song while attending P.S.24. He was the editor of his junior high school paper. Countee Cullen was an influence. He was a literary editor of the school magazine of DeWitt Clinton High School. His classmate was Richard Avedon. He was a PK […]

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Frederick Douglass

Sunrise February 1818 into slavery born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, sunset February 20, 1895. Sorry, Mr. Trump, he is not alive, but we are glad you know about him. He published several autobiographies. His first two autobiographies, “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” (1845) and “My Bondage and My Freedom” (1855), were bestsellers. He […]

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