August 14 Birthdays

African Americans born on August 14:

Ernest Everett Just, African American scientist:

Niara Sudarkarsa, African American scholar and anthropologist:



Born on this day: Matthew Henson

Matthew Henson, famous explorer, was born on this day. Read about his incredible story here:



On August 6

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson:


Sweet Blackberry: Karyn Parsons Is Sharing Stories We All Need Now —

It seems like Karyn Parsons was born to start Sweet Blackberry, the non-profit organization dedicated to bringing little known stories of African American achievement to light. Her mother was a librarian, and “I did grow up in libraries,” says the star of the long-running hit show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. “The advantage of having […]

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April is Poetry Month! Poem of the Day: Won’t You Celebrate With Me by Lucille Clifton

April is Poetry Month! Each day this month I will post a poem written by a person of color.  Today’s poem, by Lucille Clifton, comes from the Poetry Foundation.  This link also includes educator’s resources: discussion questions, writing ideas, and teacher tips.

Won’t You Celebrate With Me by Lucille Clifton:

Happy Birthday Flo-Jo!

On this day in 1959, a glamorous athlete by the name of Delorenz Florence Griffith Joyner is born. She will win three gold medals at the 1988 Summer Olymic and a silver medal in the 1600-meter relay.  She will join the ancestors on September 21, 1998.

Information about this world-class athlete is listed below:


Olympic Medal Record:

ESPN Biography:

Youtube video: