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Happy Birthday to Frederick Douglass, the Most Photographed American of the 19th Century
... Today, on Douglass's adopted birthday-as is common with many former slaves, the exact year and date of his birth are unknown, but later in life he chose to celebrate on February 14-we're taking a look at one of his lesser-known accomplishments. In addition to his work as an abolitionist, an advocate for women's rights, a newspaper editor, and a politician, he was also the most-photographed American of the 19th century ...
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Town & Country
February 15, 2017
Frederick Douglass was the leading Black spokesman for almost fifty years. He was a major abolitionist and a lecturer and editor.
Dr. Jewel Plummer Cobb was a pioneering biologist and educator who fought for the rights of women and minorities in the sciences. Cobb passed at the top of the year at the age of 92 and lived a life rich with experiences despite attempts to thwart her rise.
Cobb was born Jewel Plummer on this day in 1924 in Chicago, Ill. Her father was a physician and her mother was a school teacher. Cobb discovered her love of science as a high school honor student reading her father’s textbooks. After a year and a half stint at the University of Michigan, Cobb graduated in 1947 from Talladega College in Alabama with a degree in biology.
Her next educational journey began at New York University. At first, Cobb’s graduate school fellowship application was denied because she was Black. But she persevered and visited the campus, impressing the biology faculty enough to give her an opportunity to enroll. Cobb earned a master’s and PhD in cell biology, then joined the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College as a professor in 1954. That same year, she married Roy Cobb and the pair had a son together.
One of Cobb’s chief research projects was various types of skin cancer. A treatment she helped develop in slowing the growth and isolating cells is still used in chemotherapy treatments today. But Cobb moved on from research and found footing and a purpose as an educator. From 1969 to 1976, she was the dean of Connecticut College. She moved on to Rutgers University’s all-women Douglass College as a biology professor and dean.
In 1979, Cobb was in consideration to become president of New York’s Hunter College. She would have been the first Black person to do so but was passed over by a less qualified male professor.
Angered by the slight, Cobb was determined to become California State University, Fullerton’s first Black woman president. She worked for CSU from 1981 until her retirement in 1990. In her time there, she placed an emphasis on diversity, research and improving of the facilities, though that made her unpopular among her colleagues at times.
In her later years, Cobb was named president emeritus of CSU’s Los Angeles campus and held the honorable title until 2004. After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease Cobb left public life. She died quietly in her Maplewood, N.J. home on January 1st of this year. She was 92.
The Afro newspaper celebrates 125 years in business
Baltimore-based publication continues to delve into issues important to black community
... It is the longest running, family owned African-American newspaper in the United States.
Inside the bound volumes of the Afro newspaper is a treasure of pictures and stories documenting lives and history ...
Afro-American newspaper history.
News Anchor, I-Team Reporter
The Legacy of HBCUs Past and Present
Black History month is not only about the past but it’s also about the past living in the present and there’s no greater pride or example then an Historically Black College University Student.
Historically Black Colleges and University were mostly created after the Civil War and are mostly in former slave states. Before then it was a death sentence to be caught reading although having an education post-Civil War was still a threat to life for blacks ...
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By Niele Anderson, Contributing Writer
Published February 15, 2017
Women Of Black History: 5 Things To Know About Activist Maggie Walker, First Woman To Open A Bank
The daughter of a former slave and a butler (her biological father was an Irish-American man), Maggie Walker (1864-1934) bore witness to the large disparities between the lives of Blacks and Whites in Richmond, Virginia. Her work has made her quite the historical figure in the state of Virginia, check out five things you should know about Maggie Lena Walker, the first woman of any race to charter a bank ...
Maggie Walker (1864-1934)
By Victoria Uwumarogie
This Day in History: Malcolm X Assassinated
“By any means necessary.”
That was the mantra of black activist Malcolm X, who was assassinated during an address in New York City 52 years ago today at the age of 39 ...
Black Muslim leader Malcolm X is shown addressing rally in Harlem, New York on June 29, 1963
The body of Malcolm X, black nationalist leader who was slain February 21, 1965, at a rally of his organization, is viewed by newsmen at the Unity Funeral Home, Eighth Avenue and 126th Street in New York City February 24, 1965
February 21, 2017 11:09 AM
TRUMP AND BLACK HISTORY MONTH
... The first few weeks of the Trump Administration would have dismayed Woodson, whose mission was to have African-American accomplishments recognized, and the complexities of African-American life acknowledged. A string of recent incidents suggests that this Administration will struggle to live up to Woodson’s aspirations ...
President Trump attends a Black History Month event on February 1st, the same day he described Frederick Douglass as “somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more.”PHOTOGRAPH BY MICHAEL
By Allyson Hobbs
February 22, 2017
'A Man Ahead Of His Time': What Booker T. Washington Understood About Entrepreneurship
Anyone who has even a cursory understanding of black history would know how great an honor it would be to meet a living descendant of one of the most dominant African American figures and educators. I recently had the chance to sit down and talk to Sarah Washington O’Neal Rush, Booker T. Washington’s great-granddaughter and a professor of psychology and social sciences at Argosy University in the San Francisco Bay Area ...
Sarah Washington O’Neal Rush
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