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Uncle Tom was a man who refused to beat black women….

— ADVERTISEMENT — We need to question the things we take as fact, this is an ongoing process. Today, on our Raising Proud Black Children Facebook group, a member shared something that is important for us all to know. It concerned Uncle Tom! Uncle Tom was originally a character from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 novel, …

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MLK Day wasn’t officially observed in all 50 states until the year 2000!

It’s Martin Luther King Day today, the official holiday put in place to recognize the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As Wikipedia says Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., and sometimes referred to as MLK Day) is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther …

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How does wearing your hair natural affect you in the job market?

In the western world, afro-textured hair has traditionally been treated with disdain, by members of all ethnicities. Though racial discrimination is slowly fading as the workplace becomes more accepting of a more diverse array of workplace fashions, the western influence regarding beauty standards is still the same. Most black women are afraid to wear their …

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Did You Know that “Negro History Week” was the Root of “Black History Month”?

The month of February is considered “Black History Month” across the United States. But it had a much earlier predecessor called “Negro History Week”. This recognition was the brainchild of an African-American historian, Dr. Carter G. Woodson.  He is considered by many to be the “Father of Black History.” Carter Godwin Woodson was born on …

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Do you know this Civil Rights heroine! She took 50 foster children into her home, was close to Dr. King and so much more!

The granddaughter of enslaved people, Louise Shropshire was born Louise Jarrett on February 15, 1913 in Coffee County, Alabama. In 1917, her family relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio in search of a better life than they had experienced as rural Alabama sharecroppers. As a young girl, Louise demonstrated a gift for music and composed many hymns as a member of the African …

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Do You Know This Haitian Revolution Early Leader & Vodou Priest?

Duttу Bоukmаn wаѕ аn early leader оf thе Hаіtіаn Rеvоlutіоn, еnѕlаvеd іn Jаmаіса аnd lаtеr in Haiti. Hе іѕ соnѕіdеrеd tо hаvе bееn bоth a lеаdеr оf mаrооnѕ and Vodou hоungаn (рrіеѕt). According tо ѕоmе contemporary accounts Bоukmаn alongside Céсіlе Fаtіmаn, a Vоdоu mаmbо, presided over the rеlіgіоuѕ сеrеmоnу аt Bоіѕ Cаïmаn, іn August 1791, thаt ѕеrvеd …

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Did You Know? Dr. Selma Hortense Burke Created An Image You Probably Carry With You Every Day!

Selma’s cousin Lillian Bredell-Williams was kind enough to create this profile for a true American Master that you may have never heard of! And she created an image that you may have in your pocket right now! Read on…. Selma Hortense Burke, An African American Sculptor, Illustrator, Painter, and Educator: One of ten children, born to …

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In 1965 Mr. Lawrence Huggins Led A march of 105 African American Educators To Attempt To Register To Vote

Less than two months before Bloody Sunday, on Jan. 22, 1965, Mr. Lawrence Huggins, an educator in Selma Alabama participated in & led a march of 105 African American educators to the steps of the Dallas County courthouse in Selma to express their support of voter rights and to attempt to register to vote. This …

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