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1917 – 1942 Mess Attendant First Class aboard the USS San Francisco. Killed in action while evacuating and caring for wounded shipmates under Japanese attack During WWII. First African-American to have a ship named in his honor, USS Harmon (DE-678)
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In 2019, Joy became the first Native American to be named United States Poet Laureate and only the second in history to serve three terms. Born May 9, 1951 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Harjo is considered a key figure in the native American Literary Renaissance. In addition to poetry, Harjo has taught in several universities in […]
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Born John Maurice Hartman on July 3, 1923 in Houma Louisiana. John Hartman held critical acclaim as a performer and recording artist. His velvet smooth voice was unmistakable, making him the only vocalist to record with renowned saxophonist John Coltrane as band leader. The collaboration, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman was recorded in 1963 and […]
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December 7, 1941 is not only etched in history for the attack on Pear Harbor, it’s also the birthday of news broadcast journalist, author Carole Simpson, the first African-American woman to anchor a national news broadcast. Carole began her career in Chicago on WCFL radio before moving to local television station WBBM and onto ABC […]
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Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez is well acquainted with making history. She became the first Puerto Rican woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992. Later in 1998, she became the first Hispanic woman to serve as a ranking member of a full house committee when she was selected to sit on the Small […]
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He was born a slave in Georgia in 1849 and later sold to a plantation owner in Tennessee. Young William would stop at nothing to be free. At age 15 he ran away with the Union Army to become an officer’s servant and later joined the ranks of the Union Army. He retuned to the […]
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They were fearless, proud and determined. They were the 369th Infantry Regiment known as The Harlem Hellfighters, Born around 1723 near Framingham, Massachusetts, Crispus Attucks was the mulatto son of an African-American father and Native-American mother. He heroically led a small group of men against British Soldiers during a confrontation on March 5th, 1770. Armed […]
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The 54th Massachusetts Regiment When the idea was launched to form an all Black regiment following the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862, the goal was to organize the men for tasks requiring manual labor. However, following a fight with confederate troops known as the Battle of Grimball’s Landing, the Fighting 54th demonstrated they were well trained […]