Black History Fact Of The Day

Red, Black & Green Elsie Law LogoHeavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson had a bevy of talents. He was an inventor; inventing the wrench. He was also an astute business man. He owned and operated Club Deluxe in Harlem, located at 142nd Street and Lenox Avenue. This club later became the Cotton Club. In addition to all of this, Jack Johnson was also a musician. He played the cello and the bass.

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Black History Fact Of The Day: New York, 1860 or 2016?

Red, Black & Green Elsie Law Logo“New York, a city whose development had been so decisively shaped by slavery. In 1860, the city’s 12,472 blacks were widely dispersed among eight different wards, in enclaves that, while often separate, were not sharply demarcated in the manner of segregated ghettos of twentieth-century Northern cities.

Black New Yorkers’ choice of where to live was hardly a free one: they clustered in certain neigborhoods because few white landlords would rent to them.” -From, “Slavery In New York”

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Black History Fact Of The Day: Mildred Smith

Red, Black & Green Elsie Law LogoMildred Smith, an opera singer who sand with The National Negro Opera Company, invented a card game while whe was recovering from being home-bound due to having multiple sclerosis.

Here card game was called, “Family Treeditions.” The game aimed to help people to figure out their family tree. She received a patent for her invention in 1980.

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Frederick Douglass’s Advice To Dr. Daniel Hale Williams

Dr Daniel Hale WilliamsFrederick Douglass was reportedly a distant relative of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, the first physician to perform open-heart surgery. Frederick Douglass gave Dr. Williams the following profound advice: “The only way you can succeed is to override the obstacles in your path; by the power that is within you to do what you hope to do!”

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