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Today in Black History: Obama Announces Presidential Campaign

Barack Obama formally announced the start of his historic presidential campaign in Springfield, IL, on this date in 2007.

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Some Facts About The Black Panther Party

It amazes me how one sided some can be. It has been stated the Black Panther Party was formed in the name of violence, and that is so far from the truth. If you have time, and you really want to learn, here are some facts about the Black Panther Party that I am sure you don't know.

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Which Slave Sailed Himself + Others To Freedom?

That would be Robert Smalls. He was an attractive, brave, black man who was born into slavery in 1839.

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Will The Real Betty Boop Please “Boop Oop A Doop”

If you didn't know Esther Jones was the real Betty Boop. The iconic cartoon character was inspired by the Black jazz singer in Harlem. Max Fleischer introduced the character in 1930 and the caricature of the jazz age flapper was the first and most famous sex symbol in animation.

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5 African American Icons Your Kids Can Write Black History Month Projects On

If you are the parent of a school-age child you know the month of February means its time for a Black History Month project. While many students may choose to profile the life of those fallback figures that everyone already knows about, consider teaching your child about these African American pioneers

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5 Great Family-Friendly African American Films

Family time is the best time to teach your children about the contributions of African Americans to the rich culture of our nation. While you might not have the time or resources to take your children to the Martin Luther King monument in Washington, DC, there are great movies you can watch that are as entertaining as they are educational.

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Celebrating Black History Month – Today In Black History

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Best Speeches By Martin Luther King Jr. – Top 5 [VIDEO]

One of the most influential speakers of our lifetime, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired mankind. Below are our top five Martin Luther King speeches of all time...

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Did You Know African Americans Held The First Memorial Day?

Back in 1865 African Americans celebrated what was called “Decoration Day.” This holiday is now known as Memorial Day. This is a little known history fact that was discovered by Yale University history Professor David Blight. Apparently, 15 years ago Blight was doing research for a book when he stumbled upon a box of unorganized papers of a Union veterans’ organization.

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Today In Black History 2.21

On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated, 11 months after his split from Elijah Muhammad's Nation of Islam. Malcolm X assassinated in Audubon Ballroom at a rally of his organization...

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Today In Black History 2.16

1970 - Joe Frazier knocked out Jimmy Ellis in the second round of their New York fight and became the world heavyweight boxing champion.  

Joseph William "Joe" Frazier, known as Smokin' Joe, born January 12, 1944, is a former Olympic and World Heavyweight boxing champion, whose professional career lasted from 1965 to 1976, with a brief comeback in 1981...

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Louis Armstrong
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Today In Black History 2.15

1964: Louis Armstrong’s “Hello Dolly” recording becomes his first and only number one record.

Louis Armstrong was the first vital jazz soloist to attain world wide influence as trumpeter, entertainer, and show business personality...

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