From early in life, Du Bois was recognized for his extraordinary intellectual talents. Educated in the local public schools, he graduated as valedictorian of his high school class inand with the financial assistance of friends and family, entered Fisk University as a sophomore in
African American History Image Ownership: Public Domain Ramona Lofton, better known as Sapphire, is a self-admitted bisexual, novelist, poet, and performance artist.
She gained prominence for her debut novel, Push, and other works that focus on the alarming realities of inner city life. Lofton was born on August 4, in Fort Ord, California, the second oldest of four children born to military parents.
Her father was an army sergeant and her mother was a soldier in the Women's Army Corps. When Lofton was thirteen, her father retired from the Army and moved the family to Los Angeles. Her mother, who was battling alcoholism, did not join them and instead abandoned the family.
Years later they reconnected, but her mother succumbed to alcoholism in Their deaths later played pivotal roles in Lofton's emerging writing career.
Lofton dropped out of high school and moved to San Francisco in the early s, briefly studying chemistry and dance at the City College of San Francisco, before adopting what she described as a hippie lifestyle. She moved to New York City inwhere she supported herself by working as a housekeeper and as a topless dancer.
Summers and Sapphire, eds. An Interview with Sapphire Storrs, Connecticut:As noted in the acknowledgements, this compilation of essays, poetry, prose, and personal narratives coalesced over the past two decades from readings for classes taught by the editors.
Published: Mon, 5 Dec On April 16, , Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. was born in Harlem to Cora Lillian and Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Sr. Who knew that he would grow up to be one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the NBA. A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture Table of Contents Required Public School Instruction on the History of African Americans Florida Statute.
This essay examines revisionist historicity as expressed in Ho Che Anderson's critically-acclaimed multi-volume biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. titled King ().
Anderson draws on, redraws, and draws over the visual archive of experiences that have come to be associated with black existence in . Hawaiian religious fascism. A twisted version of a beautiful creation legend provides the theological basis for a claim that ethnic Hawaiians are entitled to racial supremacy in the governance and cultural life of the Hawaiian islands.
Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. was born in New York City, the only child of Cora Lillian, a department store price checker, and Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Sr., a transit police officer and jazz musician. He was unusually large and tall from a young age.