Let’s Celebrate Black History Month With Paul Roberson

  -April 9, 1898- January 23, 1976 -Robeson attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., where he was an All-America football player. Upon graduating from Rutgers at the head of his class, he rejected a career as a professional athlete and instead entered Columbia University. - In 1930, he was the first black actor to portray Shakespeare's Othello in an all-white cast. -He obtained a law degree in 1923, but, because of the lack of opportunity for blacks in the legal profession, he drifted to the stage, making a ... [read more]

Black History Month- Dred Scott

-1795- September 17, 1858 -After the death of his original owner, he was sold to another man and spent time as a slave in two free states. Scott tried to buy freedom for himself and his family from their heirs of his second owner after his owner's death but failed. -In the late 1840s, Scott filed suit to gain his freedom with help from two St. Louis attorneys. The basis of his case was that he had been taken from Missouri, a slave state, to Illinois, a free state. The case dragged on for years, finally making its way to the U.S. Supreme ... [read more]

Black History Month- James Baldwin

    -August 2, 1924- December 1, 1987 -Novelist and playwright during the mid-20th century. -While not a marching activist, Baldwin emerged as one of the leading voices in the civil rights movement for his compelling work on race, notably Notes of a Native Son and The Fire Next Time. Baldwin was out about his homosexuality and atheist beliefs. -In addition to writing, he also taught at several universities. -He broke new literary ground with the exploration of racial and social issues in his many works. He was especially well ... [read more]

Black History Month Featuring Ella Baker

    -December 13, 1903- December 13, 1986 -Civil rights and human rights activist beginning in the 1930s. She was a behind-the-scenes activist whose career spanned over five decades. -As a girl, Baker listened to her grandmother tell stories about slave revolts. As a slave, her grandmother had been whipped for refusing to marry a man chosen for her by the slave owner. -Baker attended Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, graduating as class valedictorian in 1927 at the age of 24. As a student she challenged ... [read more]

Black History Month- Ida B. Wells-Barnett

    -July 16, 1862- March 25, 1931 -She was a journalist who led an anti-lynching crusade in the United States in the 1890s and went on to found and become integral in groups striving for justice for African Americans. -She was educated at Rust University, a freedmen's school in her native Holly Springs, Mississippi, and at age 14 began teaching in a country school. She continued to teach after moving to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1884 and attended Fisk University in Nashville during several summer sessions. -In 1887 ... [read more]

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