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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’s 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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Celebrate Juneteenth

  #Juneteenth marks the complete end of slavery in the #UnitedStates. Juneteenth (a portmanteau of June and nineteenth; also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day is a holiday celebrating the liberation of those who had been held as slaves in the United States. https://tnc.network/celebrate-juneteenth/ #Juneteenth

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NASA Administrator Statement on Passing of Katherine Johnson

The following is a statement from Administrator Jim Bridenstine on the passing of NASA legend Katherine Johnson, who worked for the agency from 1953 to 1986. “NASA is deeply saddened by the loss of a leader from our pioneering days, and we send our deepest condolences to the family of Katherine Johnson. Ms. Johnson helped our nation enlarge the frontiers…

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Toyota Salutes Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial with Upcoming 2020 Toyota Highlander Commercial, “Home Team”

Former Kansas City Monarchs Captain James “Jim” Robinson Featured in Spot Produced by Burrell Communications Group PLANO, Texas (February 19, 2020) – In celebration of an iconic moment in American history, Toyota pays tribute to 100 years of Negro Leagues Baseball in the latest creative as part of the marketing campaign for the all-new 2020 Toyota Highlander. Filmed partly at the…

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