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Moment in History: Valerie L. Thomas (video)

  Valerie L. Thomas¬†(born February 8, 1943) is an American scientist and inventor. Thomas was interested in science as a child, after observing her father tinkering with the television and seeing the mechanical parts inside. Thomas did not have a lot of support as a young child; her parents did not fight for her right to study a STEM curriculum,…

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Moments in History: Lawrence Douglas Wilder

  ¬† Lawrence Douglas Wilder¬†(born January 17, 1931) is an American lawyer and politician who served as the¬†66th Governor of Virginia¬†from 1990 to 1994. He was the¬†first African-American¬†to serve as governor of a¬†U.S. state¬†since the¬†Reconstruction era, and the first elected African-American governor.[a] Born in¬†Richmond, Virginia, Wilder graduated from¬†Virginia Union University¬†and served in the¬†United States Army¬†during the¬†Korean War. He established a…

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Moments in History; Thurgood Marshall (video)

  Thurgood Marshall¬†(July 2, 1908 ‚Äď January 24, 1993) was an American lawyer and civil rights activist who served as¬†Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States¬†from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was the Court’s¬†first African-American¬†justice. Prior to his judicial service, he successfully argued several cases before the Supreme Court, including¬†Brown v. Board of Education. Born in¬†Baltimore,…

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Moment in History: Phillip B. Downing (video)

    Before the year 1891, it would have been extremely difficult to mail a letter, because it would have required a long trip to your local post office. That was until an inventor, Philip B. Downing (1857-1934) invented the street letter box, which was basically a metal box with four feet that allowed people to conveniently drop off their…

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Moments In History: George Washington Carver (video)

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  George Washington Carver¬†was an American¬†agricultural scientist¬†and inventor who studied crop-rotation methods in the¬†United States, He was the most prominent black scientist of the early 20th century. Carver was born into slavery in Newton County,¬†Missouri.¬†The date of his birth is uncertain and was not known to Carver; but it was before slavery was abolished in Missouri, which occurred in January…

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Aunt Jemima, Not Just Pancakes!

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Aunt Jemima¬†is a brand of pancake mix, syrup, and other breakfast foods. The Aunt Jemima pancake mix was advertised in 1889 as the first¬†ready-mix. Aunt Jemima is based on the common¬†enslaved¬†“Mammy” archetype, a plump Black woman wearing a headscarf who is a devoted and submissive servant. Her skin is dark and dewy, with a pearly white smile. Although depictions vary…

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Lieutenant Colonel Robert Jones Friend: UFO Investigator

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  Those of you who are into the subject of UFOs and its history must remember Colonel Robert Friend. He played a huge role in the US Air Force‚Äôs nearly 20-year Project Blue Book, the official government study of UFOs. Lieutenant Colonel¬†Robert Jones Friend¬†was born in¬†Columbia, South Carolina¬†on February 29, 1920. From an early age, he loved airplanes and wanted…

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Moments in History: Frederick Douglass

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  Frederick Douglass was an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. Douglass was born into slavery in February 1818, on the Eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay in Talbot County Maryland. Although his actual birthdate is unknown, he chose to celebrate the 14th of February as his birthday. After escaping from¬†slavery¬†in¬†Maryland, he became a national leader of the¬†abolitionist movement¬†in¬†Massachusetts¬†and¬†New…

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Hey, It’s National Waffle Day!

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    No one can be sad while eating a #waffle. National Waffle Day on August 24th commemorates the anniversary of the first waffle iron patent issued. Celebrate by savoring your favorite kind of waffle! On August 24, 1869, Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York received his patent for the waffle iron. While waffles existed long before then, the invention…

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Dr. Charles R. Drew

Charles Richard Drew¬†was an¬†American¬†surgeon¬†and medical researcher. He was born on June 3, 1904 ¬†into a middle-class¬†African-American¬†family in¬†Washington, D.C.¬†His father was a carpet layer and his mother was a teacher. Drew and three of his four younger siblings grew up in Washington’s largely middle-class and interracial¬†Foggy Bottom¬†neighborhood. Drew won an athletics scholarship to¬†Amherst College¬†in¬†Massachusetts,[7]¬†from which he graduated in 1926 After college,…

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