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Royal Ice Cream Sit-In (1957)

The Royal Ice Cream Sit-In was a nonviolent protest that occurred on June 23, 1957, in Durham, North Carolina. The sit-in was led by Douglas E. Moore and began when he and seven other protestors entered the Royal Ice Cream Parlor and sat in the … Read MoreRoyal Ice Cream Sit-In (1957)

The First Black Power Conference (1967)

The First Black Power Conference occurred in Newark, New Jersey, from July 20 to July 23, 1967. More than 1,000 delegates representing 286 organizations and institutions from 126 cities and 26 states gathered in Newark just days after the 1967 Newark Riot, the worst civil … Read MoreThe First Black Power Conference (1967)

Clifton Chenier (1925-1987)

King of Zydeco and Louisiana Blues Clifton Chenier, singer, pianist, harmonicist, lyricist, and composer, was born on June 25, 1925, in Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana to Joseph Chenier, an accordionist and sharecropper, and Olivia Kennerson Chenier, who introduced him to the rudiments of playing … Read MoreClifton Chenier (1925-1987)

Madam Yoko (c. 1849-1906)

Madam Yoko, born Soma in the Gbo Chiefdom, was the head of the Mende people of Sierra Leone. She ruled the extensive Kpa Mende Confederacy for decades before her death. Also known as Mammy Yoko, she and three brothers were raised by their warrior father … Read MoreMadam Yoko (c. 1849-1906)

Victoria Ann Shorey Francis (1898-1971)

Victoria Ann Shorey was one of the first African American female whalers in San Francisco, California. Shorey was born on August 1, 1898, in California, one of six children born to William Thomas Shorey, California’s only African American whaling captain, and Julia Ann (Shelton) Shorey, … Read MoreVictoria Ann Shorey Francis (1898-1971)

Rayne Dakota (Dak) Prescott (1993- )

Rayne Dakota (Dak) Prescott is a National Football League quarterback currently playing for the Dallas Cowboys. Prescott was born on July 29, 1993, in Sulphur, Louisiana to parents Nathaniel and Peggy Prescott. Prescott attended Haughton High School in Haughton, Louisiana and then accepted a scholarship … Read MoreRayne Dakota (Dak) Prescott (1993- )

Harmony In Transition: The Symbiotic Evolution of Gospel Music

The article below, written for BlackPast.org by Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., describes the role of gospel music in influencing almost all other African American musical genres and in turn impacting all American music. Professor Gates has published numerous books and produced and hosted … Read MoreHarmony In Transition: The Symbiotic Evolution of Gospel Music

Cavalier Johnson (1986- )

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mayor Cavalier Johnson was born in the city on November 5, 1986, to Denise Hardwick-Townsend. Additional information about his father, who was a Milwaukee Public Schools janitor, was not available during this search. However, Cavalier is the youngest of 10 siblings. He attended … Read MoreCavalier Johnson (1986- )

Brian Stokes Mitchell (1957- )

Since his first part in a play in Junior High, Brian Stokes Mitchell (originally known as just Brian Mitchell) has been loved by audiences all over the world. He’s left an indelible mark on American theatre and on the lives of many who have participated … Read MoreBrian Stokes Mitchell (1957- )