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This Week In Black History

September 19-September 25


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September 19th: 9/19/1971

🎉🎁🎂Happy Birthday to actress Sanaa McCoy Lathan. As a voice actress, from 2009 to 2013, Sanaa voiced Donna Tubbs in “The Cleveland Show'' and in all concurrent and subsequent “Family Guy” appearances. She has starred in many films, including “The Best Man” and its 2013 sequel, “The Best Man Holiday”. Sanaa’s other film credits include “Love & Basketball”, “Brown Sugar”, “Alien vs. Predator”, and many more. ​On stage, Sanaa was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance on Broadway in “A Raisin in the Sun” and starred in the all-black performance of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'' at the Novello Theatre in London. Watch Sanaa Lathan talk about becoming a legacy https://youtu.be/9LU0f91qb2Q


Reference: https://www.empireonline.com/people/sanaa-lathan/


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September 20th: 9/20/1910-11/10/2008

🎉🎁🎂Happy Birthday to mathematician and human computer, Dorothy Johnson Vaughan. Dorothy worked for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), and NASA, at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. In 1949, she became acting supervisor of the West Area Computers, the first African American woman to supervise a group of staff at the center. During her 28-year career, Dorothy prepared for the introduction of machine computers in the early 1960s by teaching herself and her staff the programming language of Fortran. She is one of the women featured in Margot Lee Shetterly's history “Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race.” It was adapted as a biographical film of the same name and released in 2016. Watch this video and learn more about Dorothy Johnson Vaughan https://youtu.be/RQUoUknXMFY


Reference: https://www.nasa.gov/content/dorothy-vaughan-biography


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September 25th: 9/25/1957

On September 25th,1957 the Little Rock Nine started their first full day of school. The Little Rock Nine were a group of nine black students who enrolled at formerly all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Their attendance at the school was a test of Brown v. Board of Education. Three weeks earlier, Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus had surrounded the school with National Guard troops to prevent its federal court-ordered racial integration. After a tense standoff, President Dwight D. Eisenhower federalized the Arkansas National Guard and sent 1,000 army paratroopers to Little Rock to enforce the court order. Learn more about the Little Rock Nine by visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture https://nmaahc.si.edu/blog-post/little-rock-nine


✊🏾Reference: https://nmaahc.si.edu/blog-post/little-rock-nine

Top 7 Game Changers

You Be The Judge

The Biden-Harris administration has nominated Judge Maame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong to serve on the United States District Court for the Central District of California and Judge Holly A. Thomas to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit...Read More


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Franchise For You

Tamika Franklyn, founder of Precision Franchise, is helping African Americans explore franchise ownership options across a wide range of industries...Read More


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Blastoff For First Black Woman

Geoscientist, artist and science communicator, Sian Proctor, is making history as the first-ever Black female spacecraft pilot...Read More


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Changing The Game

Dionne Middlebrooks is changing the game as the founder and female owner of online fashion retail business, Shop Style Shark...Read More


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All The Many Faces

MIT Media Lab researcher and founder of Algorithmic Justice League (AJL), Joy Buolamwini, works to uncover subtle instances of racial discrimination in facial recognition software...Read More


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The Keeper Of Black Dance

After more than 50 years, Joan Myers Brown the keeper of all things Black dance and founder of Philadanco (the Philadelphia Dance Company), is taking a step back...somewhat...Read More


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HERSTORY: "Her"story in the Making


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Maia Chaka has made “Her”story as the first Black woman to officiate a league game in Week 1 during the Jets vs. Panthers game...Read More

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