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5 Important Things You Should Know About Selma Burke, the Sculptor Behind the Dime Design

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5 Important Things You Should Know About Selma Burke, the Sculptor Behind the Dime Design

More hidden history! Selma Hortense Burke was born on December 31, 1900 in Mooresville, North Carolina, the seventh of 10 children born to Mary Jackson and Neal Burke. She found her passion for art at a young age, parlaying that into a successful career as an internationally renowned sculptor. Burke made a name for herself during Harlem’s renaissance era, and all of her hard work eventually led to her getting the opportunity to create a bronze relief portrait of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which would be cemented in history as a part of our American currency. View this post on...

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Negro History Week: Here’s the True Story Behind Black History Month

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Negro History Week: Here’s the True Story Behind Black History Month

Let’s take a look at how we got here! Most people have heard the name Carter G. Woodson, but some may not know why he’s famous or what his contributions to society are. Here’s a quick rundown to get you up to speed about the father of Negro History Week and the true story behind Black History Month. According to the NAACP, Woodson was born in 1875, the son of formerly enslaved people. He worked on the family farm as a child and in the West Virginia coal mines as a teen, but he never really had any consistent formal...

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These Companies Have the Black Love-Inspired Valentine’s Day Cards You’ve Been Looking For

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These Companies Have the Black Love-Inspired Valentine’s Day Cards You’ve Been Looking For

Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is almost here! While you could spend time searching for the perfect gift or planning a romantic weekend getaway, we’re here to remind you that the little things matter most. Usually, the card is the last thing we grab, and most of the time, it's to simply throw in a heartfelt note and a little coin. This year, why don’t you try something different and put a little more effort into it? Sure, you can make one; never forget that love don’t cost a thing. But if you have a few extra coins...

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10 Bob Marley Songs That’ll Lift Your Spirits If You’re Experiencing Winter Blues

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10 Bob Marley Songs That’ll Lift Your Spirits If You’re Experiencing Winter Blues

Light up the darkness! Bob Marley was born Robert Nesta Marley on February 6, 1945 in a rural town called Nine Mile in St. Ann Parish, Jamaica, Rolling Stone reports. He and his mother would eventually move to Kingston, settling in a tenement called Trench Town. While his mother longed for a life outside of the rough neighborhood, Marley found community, camaraderie, and his passion for music there. His experiences there would serve as the background for much of his musical content and during the late '60s, after the visit of Emperor Haile Selassie to Jamaica, Marley’s spiritual roots in...

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Here Are 6 Langston Hughes Poems You Should Read If You’re a Young Black Artist

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Here Are 6 Langston Hughes Poems You Should Read If You’re a Young Black Artist

We’re celebrating what would have been his 121st birthday!   View this post on Instagram A post shared by Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton (@ltgovstratton)   He was born James Mercer Langston Hughes on February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. He began writing poetry as a young child and grew up to become one of the most prolific poets of all time. A luminary in the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes’ work shaped much of the 20th century and helped to amplify the Black arts movement and shift the narrative around Black life. He spent time traveling the globe, using poetry as a...

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