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December 28th in African American History – Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr.

December 28, 1954 Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr., actor, director, and film producer, was born in Mount Vernon, New York. Washington earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in drama and journalism from Fordham University in 1977 and made his professional acting debut in the television movie “Wilma” (1977). His big break came when he starred from […]

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Jamie Foxx

December 13th in African American History – Eric Marlon Bishop (Jamie Foxx)

December 13, 1967 Eric Marlon Bishop (Jamie Foxx), stand-up comedian, actor and singer, was born in Terrell, Texas. Foxx began performing stand-up in 1989 and changed his name to Jamie Foxx, choosing the surname as a tribute to Redd Foxx. In 1991, he joined the cast of the television show “In Living Color” and from […]

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One of the many ways to help us understand the tremendous impact of our famous and most influential leaders is to look at their achievements throughout history.  The awards, the championships, the organizations that have been built by individuals are part of the legacy of these trailblazers. African Americans have made their marks all around […]

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The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama

September 15th in African American History – The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama

September 15, 1963 The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed by members of the United Klan of America. Addie Mae Collins (14), Denise McNair (11), Carole Robertson (14) and Cynthia Wesley (14) were killed in the blast, and 22 other people were injured. Outrage at the bombing resulted in violence across Birmingham […]

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Jennifer Kate Hudson

September 12th in African American History – Jennifer Kate Hudson

September 12, 1981 Jennifer Kate Hudson, recording artist and actress, was born in Chicago, Illinois. Hudson got her start in performing at the age of seven singing in the church choir. She came to prominence in 2004 as one of the finalist on the television show, “American Idol”. In 2006, she made her film debut […]

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Maria Halle Berry

August 14th in African American History – Maria Halle Berry

August 14, 1968 Maria Halle Berry, actress, former model, and beauty queen, was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to becoming an actress, Berry won Miss Teen All-American in 1985, Miss Ohio USA in 1986, and she was first runner-up in Miss USA 1986. That same year, she became the first African American entrant in the […]

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Viola Davis

August 11th in African American History – Viola Davis

August 11, 1965 Viola Davis, stage and film actress, was born in St. Matthews, South Carolina. Davis graduated from Rhode Island College with a major in theatre in 1988. She also attended the Juilliard School for the Performing Arts from 1990 to 1994. Davis won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress […]

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