August 14 Birthdays

African Americans born on August 14:

Ernest Everett Just, African American scientist: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/just-ernest-everett-1883-1941

https://www.biography.com/people/ernest-everett-just-9359195

http://blackinventor.com/ernest-just/

http://www.asbmb.org/asbmbtoday/asbmbtoday.aspx?id=5878

https://embryo.asu.edu/pages/ernest-everett-just-1883-1941

Niara Sudarkarsa, African American scholar and anthropologist: http://www.thehistorymakers.org/biography/niara-sudarkasa-40

https://www.c-span.org/person/?niarasudarkasa

https://catalyst.uw.edu/workspace/file/download/b8a5e374a015c23bcab5d80f21a41f73f6ad78ec6e3d81ffed6bb8ee9fd4163c?inline=1

 

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Born on this day: Matthew Henson

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

http://www.greatblackheroes.com/science/matthew-henson/

http://easyscienceforkids.com/all-about-matthew-henson/

http://www.blackpast.org/aah/henson-matthew-1866-1955

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/01/0110_030113_henson.html

https://www.biography.com/people/matthew-henson-9335648

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5cuQjP3keU

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ9P0nyQDUw

On August 6

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson: http://time.com/3985603/voting-rights-act-1965-history/

Transcript: https://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=false&doc=100&page=transcript

http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/voting-rights-act/videos/sound-smart-the-voting-rights-act-of-1965

https://www.nps.gov/articles/votingrightsact.htm

https://www.archives.gov/legislative/features/voting-rights-1965

http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/voting-rights-act

https://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=false&doc=100

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 […]

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

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: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/learning/poem/181377

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:

Biography:http://www.biography.com/people/florence-joyner-9542053

Olympic Medal Record: http://www.olympic.org/florence-griffith-joyner

ESPN Biography: http://www.espn.go.com/classic/biography/s/Griffith_Joyner_Florence.html

Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2MGfxwl3WM

Obituary: http://www.nytimes.com/1998/09/22/sports/florence-griffith-joyner-38-champion-sprinter-is-dead.html