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(1919) W.E.B. Du Bois, “Returning Soldiers,” Editorial from The Crisis

In a July 1918 editorial in The Crisis, W.E.B. Du Bois urged African Americans to set aside their differences with their countrymen over the nation’s treatment of its black citizens and “close ranks” in the war against Imperial Germany and its Allies. Ten months later, … Read More(1919) W.E.B. Du Bois, “Returning Soldiers,” Editorial from The Crisis

Kenneth Brian “Babyface” Edmonds (1959- )

Kenneth Brian Edmonds, known professionally as “Babyface,” would become one of the most successful music producers in the nation in a career that spanned nearly three decades. Edmonds was born on April 10, 1959 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Marvin and Barbara Edmonds. He began his musical career at the age of … Read MoreKenneth Brian “Babyface” Edmonds (1959- )

Eulalie de Mandeville (1774-1848)

Map of the City of New Orleans, 1841 Image Ownership: Public domain Eulalie de Mandeville was born in 1774 in New Orleans, Louisiana, from the alliance between the prosperous French nobleman, Pierre Philippe Mandeville de Marigny, and one of his slaves, Marie-Jeanne. Eulalie was freed by her paternal grandparents … Read MoreEulalie de Mandeville (1774-1848)

Erroll M. Brown (1950- )

In July 1998, Erroll Mingo Brown became the first African American admiral in the United States Coast Guard in its 207-year history.  Brown was born in Ocklawaha, Florida.  He grew up in St. Petersburg and although he had planned to attend Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, his interest in engineering and … Read MoreErroll M. Brown (1950- )

(2017) New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Address on the Removal of Confederate Monuments in New Orleans

On May 19, 2017, New Orleans, Louisiana Mayor Mitch Landrieu addressed an audience in his city as a backdrop and explanation of the city’s recent decision to remove statues of General Robert E. Lee and other Confederate military and political leaders from public squares in … Read More(2017) New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Address on the Removal of Confederate Monuments in New Orleans

(1963) Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, “Religion and Race”

On January 14, 1963, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel gave the speech “Religion and Race,” at a conference of the same name that assembled in Chicago, Illinois.  There he met Dr. Martin Luther King and the two became friends.  Rabbi Heschel marched with Dr. King at … Read More(1963) Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, “Religion and Race”

(1893) Frances E.W. Harper, “Woman’s Political Future”

On May 20, 1893, women’s activist Frances Ellen Watkins Harper gave this speech before the World’s Congress of Representative Women, meeting in their conference in Chicago, Illinois. Image Ownership: Public domain If before sin had cast its deepest shadows or sorrow had distilled its bitterest … Read More(1893) Frances E.W. Harper, “Woman’s Political Future”

(1901) William Hooper Councill’s Letter to the White People of Alabama

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Most scholars of today imagine Booker T. Washington as the major accommodationist and black political conservative of the era.  There were others including Professor William Hooper Councill, the founder and  first President of the Huntsville Normal School which today is Alabama … Read More(1901) William Hooper Councill’s Letter to the White People of Alabama