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We're All In The Same Gang

We’re All in The Same Gang – May 16th in African American History

May 16, 1990, “We’re All in the Same Gang,” a single promoting anti violence, was released. “We’re All in the Same Gang” was a single by the West Coast Rap All-Stars, a coalition of prominent west coast hip-hop stars who came together to preach the word of unity, and raise funds for inner-city youth projects. The […]

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Johnnie Harrison Taylor

May 31st in African American History – Johnnie Harrison Taylor

May 31, 2000 Johnnie Harrison Taylor, gospel, blues and soul singer, died. Taylor was born May 5, 1937 in Crawfordsville, Arkansas. In 1957, he was hired to replace Sam Cooke in the gospel group the Soul Stirrers and in 1962 he recorded his first solo, “Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day.” In 1966, Taylor moved […]

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Jewel Stradford Lafontant-Mankarious

May 31st in African American History – Jewel Stradford Lafontant-Mankarious

May 31, 1997 Jewel Stradford Lafontant-Mankarious, the first female deputy solicitor general of the United States, died. Lafontant-Mankarious was born April 28, 1922 in Chicago, Illinois. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Oberlin College in 1943 and in 1946 she became the first African American woman to graduate from the University of […]

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Gale Eugene Sayers

May 30th in African American History – Gale Eugene Sayers

May 30, 1943 Gale Eugene Sayers, hall of fame football player and entrepreneur, was born in Wichita, Kansas. Sayers was a two-time All-American at the University of Kansas where he also earned his bachelor’s degree. Sayers is considered by many to have been the greatest open field runner in college football history. He was selected […]

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Roslyn McCallister Brock

May 30th in African American History – Roslyn McCallister Brock

May 30, 1965 Roslyn McCallister Brock, chairperson of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was born in Fort Pierce, Florida. Brock earned her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Virginia Union University in 1987. She then went on to earn masters degrees in healthcare administration from George Washington University in 1989, in […]

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Maurice Rupert Bishop

May 29th in African American History – Maurice Rupert Bishop

May 29, 1944 Maurice Rupert Bishop, former Grenadian Prime Minister, was born on the island of Aruba. Bishop earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Presentation College and was educated at the London School of Economics. After returning to Grenada in 1973, he was elected head of the Marxist New Jewel Movement political party. Bishop […]

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Hamilton Naki

May 29th in African American History – Hamilton Naki

May 29, 2005 Hamilton Naki, South African surgical assistant and teacher, died. Naki was born June 26, 1926 in the Eastern Cape of South Africa and was educated up to the age of 14. While working as a gardener at the University of Cape Town, Naki was selected to work in the clinical laboratory to […]

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