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Chandler Owen

November 2nd in African American History – Chandler Owen

November 2, 1967 Chandler Owen, writer, editor and co-founder of the Messenger, died. Owen was born April 5, 1889 in Warrenton, North Carolina. After graduating from Virginia Union University in 1913, he moved to New York City to become a fellow of the National Urban League. In 1917, Owen and A. Philip Randolph founded the […]

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Florence Mills

November 1st in African American History – Florence Mills

November 1, 1927 Florence Mills, cabaret singer, dancer and comedian, died. Mills was born Florence Winfrey on January 25, 1896 in Washington, D. C. She began performing at the age of four and made her vaudeville debut with her two sisters as The Mills Trio. Mills made her stage musical debut in “Shuffle Along” in […]

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Walter Payton

November 1st in African American History – Walter Payton

November 1, 1999 Walter Payton, hall of fame football player, died. Payton was born July 25, 1954 in Columbia, Mississippi. He played college football at Jackson State University where he was a two-time All-American and two-time Black College Player of the Year. Payton graduated from Jackson State with a bachelor’s degree in communications.

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