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The weekday podcast featuring short narratives about significant events in African American history read by celebrities and influential community leaders.

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    • Jan 3, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    01.03_The Arsenio Hall Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 1:27

    #OTD The original incarnation of the syndicated late night talk show "The Arsenio Hall Show" premiered and ran for 1,400+ episodes over six seasons.

    12.28_Dane Kunkel_Harriet Tubman's Final Rescue

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 0:56

    #OTD Abolitionist Harriet Tubman arrived in Auburn, NY after what was her final rescue mission.

    12.27_The First African American Flight Attendant

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 1:14

    #OTD Ruth Carol Taylor, the first African American flight attendant in the country, was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Today we celebrate a true pioneer on her 90th birthday.

    12.24_United Order of True Reformers

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 1:15

    #OTD William Washington Browne founded a chapter of the Grand Fountain of the United Order For True Reformers, a fraternal society for African Americans, in Richmond, VA.

    12.23_Healy Hall Gets Landmark Status

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 1:23

    #OTD Healy Hall on the campus of Georgetown University, named for the school's 29th president Patrick Francis Healy, was declared a National Historic Landmark.

    12.22_Bowlegged Lou_Art Historian James Amos Porter

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 1:26

    #OTD Art historian James Amos Porter was born in Baltimore, MD. Recording artist Bowlegged Lou from the group Full Force narrates.

    12.21_Nicci Gilbert_Duke Ellington's High Honor

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 1:09

    #OTD Jazz legend Duke Ellington was awarded a Spingarn Medal. He was the 45th recipient of the NAACP's highest honor. Recording artist Nicci Gilbert narrates.

    12.20_The 40th Anniversary of Dreamgirls

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 1:12

    Forty years ago, the Broadway musical Dreamgirls premiered on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre. The original cast starred Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine and Jennifer Holliday.

    12.17_Musician Grover Washington, Jr.

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 1:35

    #OTD Saxophonist and smooth jazz pioneer Grover Washington, Jr. passed away at the age of 56. Today we celebrate his life and legacy.

    12.16_The Colored Methodist Episcopal Church

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 1:20

    #OTD The Colored Methodist Episcopal Church was formed by a group of ministers in Jackson, TN.

    12.15_Civil Rights Leader Septima Clark

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 1:38

    Educator and civil rights activist Septima Clark, sometimes referred to as the "Mother of the Movement," passed away at the age of 89.

    12.14_Singer Dinah Washington

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 1:28

    #OTD Recording artist Dinah Washington passed away at the young age of 39.

    12.13_Boxer Archie Moore

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 1:23

    Boxer Archie Moore, hall of fame light heavyweight champion who held the title for nine years, was born in Benoit, Mississippi.

    12.10_The Loss of A Comedy Legend

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 1:31

    #OTD The world lost a comedic genius. Comedy legend Richard Pryor died at the age of 65.

    12.09_Rodney Perry_Hall of Fame Defensive End Deacon Jones

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 1:07

    #OTD Hall of fame defensive end Deacon Jones was born in Eatonville, Florida. Comedian Rodney Perry celebrates the 2x NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

    12.08_Brad Smith_Happy Birthday, Sammy Davis, Jr.!

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 1:16

    #OTD Legendary entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. was born in New York City. Retired NFL wide receiver Brad Smith narrates.

    12.07_Caryn Ward Ross_The 36th Treasurer of the United States

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 1:14

    #OTD Azie Taylor Morton, the 36th Treasurer of the United States and the first and only African American to hold the position, passed away at the age of 67. Actress Caryn Ward Ross narrates.

    12.06_The Thirteenth Amendment

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 0:40

    #OTD The 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified officially ending slavery and involuntary servitude except as punishment for a crime.

    12.03_Hearns v Benitez

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 1:16

    #OTD Boxer Thomas "Hitman" Hearns defeated Wilfred Benitez in a majority decision to become the WBC super welterweight champion.

    12.02_MTV Premiered Michael Jackson's "Thriller"

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 1:17

    #OTD Michael Jackson's short film "Thriller" made its world premiere on MTV.

    12.01_Singer Lou Rawls

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 1:32

    #OTD Recording artist and philanthropist Lou Rawls was born in Chicago, Illinois.

    11.29_Obie Award For "Trouble In Mind"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 1:25

    #OTD Playwright Alice Childress became the first African American woman to win an Obie Award, for best original Off Broadway production, for her play "Trouble In Mind."

    11.26_Happy Birthday, Tina Turner!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 1:05

    Happy 82nd birthday, Tina Turner! The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer was born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, TN.

    11.25_The Green Eyed Bandit

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 1:23

    #OTD Rapper and producer Erick Sermon of EPMD was born in Bay Shore, NY. Happy birthday and Happy Thanksgiving!

    11.24_Steven Russell Harts_Jim Brown's Single Game Rushing Record

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 1:18

    #OTD Rookie running back Jim Brown of the Cleveland Browns set an NFL record for most rushing yards in a game with 237 versus the Los Angeles Rams. Recording artist Steven Russell Harts narrates.

    11.23_Inventor Andrew Jackson Beard

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 1:31

    #OTD Inventor Andrew Jackson Beard received a patent for his jenny coupler, an automatic device that safely secured railroad cars.

    11.22_The First Black PBA Champion

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 0:52

    #OTD George Branham III became the first black champion in the Professional Bowlers Association with his victory at the Brunswick Memorial World Open.

    11.19_Lance Reddick_MA State Representative George Lewis Ruffin

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 0:54

    #OTD George Lewis Ruffin, a Massachusetts State Representative and the first African American to graduate from Harvard Law School, passed away at the age of 51. Actor Lance Reddick narrates.

    11.18_Happy Birthday, Warren Moon!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 1:14

    #OTD Warren Moon, the first black quarterback to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was born in Los Angeles, CA.

    11.17_Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 1:11

    Happy Founders Day, Omega Psi Phi! The fraternity was founded #OTD on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC.

    11.16_Actress Lisa Bonet

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 1:27

    #OTD Happy birthday, Lisa Bonet! The Cosby Show actress was born #OTD in San Francisco, CA.

    11.15_Denmark Industrial School

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 1:17

    #OTD Denmark Industrial School, now known as Voorhees College, opened in Denmark, South Carolina.

    11.12_Happy Birthday, Tevin Campbell!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 1:19

    Happy 45th birthday to singer Tevin Campbell! The R&B star was born #OTD in Waxahachie, Texas.

    11.11_Inventor George Carruthers

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 1:26

    #OTD Scientist and inventor Dr. George Carruthers received a patent for a device used to detect electromagnetic radiation at short wave lengths.

    11.10_Andrew Hatcher's Trailblazing Achievement

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 1:01

    #OTD Andrew Hatcher was named Associate Press Secretary becoming the first African American to serve in the White House Press Office.

    11.09_The Little Rock Nine Received A High Honor

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 0:54

    #OTD The Little Rock Nine, the first African American students to integrate Little Rock's Central High School, was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal. Basketball player Juaquin Hawkins narrates.

    11.08_Happy Birthday, Minnie Riperton!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 1:06

    #OTD Recording artist Minnie Riperton was born in Chicago, Illinois.

    11.05_Politician Walter E. Washington

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 1:27

    #OTD Walter E. Washington was elected mayor of Washington, DC becoming the first African American to lead the nation's capital and the city's first elected mayor of the 20th century.

    11.04_Caryn Ward Ross_Basketball Coach and Owner Bob Douglas

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 1:26

    #OTD New York Renaissance founder Bob Douglas, often referred to as the "father of black professional basketball," was born in Saint Kitts, Saint Kitts and Nevis. Actress Caryn Ward Ross narrates.

    11.03_Cappriccieo Scates_Radio Personality Hal Jackson

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 1:12

    #OTD Hal Jackson, a true trailblazer for African Americans in radio broadcasting, was born in Charleston, South Carolina. Music executive Cappriccieo Scates narrates.

    11.02_Nicci Gilbert_MLK Day Legislation

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 1:02

    #OTD President Ronald Reagan signed legislation marking the third Monday in January as a national holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recording artist Nicci Gilbert narrates.

    11.01_Journalism Pioneer Nancy Maynard

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 1:10

    #OTD Publisher and entrepreneur Nancy Maynard, a ten year co-owner of the Oakland Tribune, was born in Harlem, New York.

    10.29_Alexander v. Holmes County Board of Education

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 1:22

    #OTD The Supreme Court ordered the immediate desegregation of schools in the state of Mississippi as part of the ruling in the case Alexander v. Holmes County Board of Education.

    10.28_Abolitionist Levi Coffin

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 1:14

    #OTD Abolitionist Levi Coffin, an active leader in the Underground Railroad in his region, was born in Guilford County, North Carolina.

    10.27_Atlanta's 55th Mayor, Andrew Young

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 1:06

    #OTD Politician Andrew Young was elected the 55th mayor of Atlanta, Georgia.

    10.26_Happy Birthday, Bootsy Collins!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 1:13

    Happy 70th birthday, Bootsy Collins! The legendary bassist was born #OTD in Cincinnati, OH.

    10.25_Brigadier General Benjamin O. Davis, Sr.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 1:28

    #OTD Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. was promoted to brigadier general becoming the first African American general officer in the regular army and the U.S. armed forces.

    10.22_North Carolina Mutual Insurance Company

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 1:24

    #OTD North Carolina Mutual Insurance Company, the first African American owned insurance company, was founded in Durham, North Carolina.

    10.21_Nicci Gilbert_Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 1:07

    #OTD Jazz musician and bandleader Dizzy Gillespie was born in Cheraw, South Carolina. Recording artist Nicci Gilbert narrates.

    10.20_Recognition For The Tuskegee Airmen

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 1:28

    #OTD The United States Air Force Officers Training School added the historical account of the Tuskegee Airmen fighter pilots to their curriculum.

    10.19_WAVES Opened To African American Women

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 1:31

    #OTD The United States Navy began admitting African American women to serve via the WAVES program (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), more than two years after the program was created.

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