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Obama family matriarch has died in a Kenyan hospital at 99

April 5, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Sarah Obama, step-grandmother of President Barack Obama, speaks to the media about her reaction to Obama’s re-election in the U.S. presidential election, in the garden of her house in the village of Kogelo, western Kenya, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) By Tom Odula ASSOCIATED PRESS  NAIROBI, Kenya — Sarah Obama, the…

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Zimbabwe’s women battle gender discrimination amid pandemic

March 12, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Molly Manatse a female truck driver is seen on the road in Harare, in this Saturday, March, 6, 2021 photo. There are very few female truck drivers in Zimbabwe, but Manatse doesn’t like to be singled out for her gender. From driving trucks and fixing cars to encouraging girls living with disability to…

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Nigerian governor says 279 kidnapped schoolgirls are freed

March 5, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Students who were abducted by gunmen from the Government Girls Secondary School, in Jangebe, last week are seen after their release meeting with the state Governor Bello Matawalle, in Gusau, northern Nigeria, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Zamfara state governor Bello Matawalle announced that 279 girls who were abducted last week from a boarding…

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Queen Charlotte, first Black Queen of Britain

March 5, 2021

Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III, is the first Black queen of the British Royal family. Queen Charlotte is the 2nd longest-reigning monarch of Britain that reigned for 57 years. She is the great grandmother of Britain’s present-day monarch, Queen Elizabeth. Queen Charlotte gave birth to 15 children, two of which became kings of England–George IV and William…

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Congressional Black Caucus 1971-2021

February 25, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Congressional Black Caucus founding members Fifty years of service to the nation CBC.HOUSE.GOV During the late 1960s, Rep. Charles Diggs (D-Mich.) created the Democracy Select Committee (DSC) in an effort to bring Black members of Congress together. Diggs noticed that he and other African American members of Congress often felt isolated because there…

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The slave that packed himself in a box and mailed himself to freedom

February 19, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Henry Box Brown, slave who mailed himself to freedom. BLACKHISTORY.COM Henry “Box” Brown was born in 1815 as a slave in Louisa County, Virginia. Later, he and his family were sold to a plantation in North Carolina. In 1849, he became a free man by putting himself in a box and mailing himself…

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Black kings (and queens) ruled parts of Europe for almost 700 years

February 12, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Moors who were Black kings and queens Blackhistory.com History confirms that the Moors ruled in Europe — primarily Spain and Portugal — for almost 700 years. They were known for their influence in European culture, but not many people know that the Moors were actually Europeans of African descent. Moors were usually depicted…

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Meet the Black woman who created VOIP — the technology behind Skype, Zoom and more

February 12, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Marian Croak, African American woman who created VOIP blackhistory.com Most people have no idea that Marian Croak, an African American woman, is credited with initiating and furthering the development of VOIP, also known as Voice Over Internet Protocol. Her groundbreaking technology allows people to efficiently communicate through audio and/or video while using the…

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