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Today In Black History: Feb. 29 – Hattie McDaniel February 28, 2009

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Note: It’s not a leap year this year, but this is too important not to post.

1940 – Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to be nominated and win the Academy Award (Oscar).  McDaniel won Best Supporting Actress for her role as “Mammy” in 1939 film “Gone With the Wind.”

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Xtra Xtra: Malcolm X Quotes February 25, 2009

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Here are some Malcolm X quotes on various subjects.malcolmx2

Education

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”

Self Defense

“It doesn’t mean that I advocate violence, but at the same time, I am not against using violence in self-defense.  I don’t call it violence when it’s self-defense.  I call it intelligence.”

Freedom

“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.”

Politics

“A new world order is in the making, and it is up to us to prepare ourselves that we may take our rightful place in it.”

Today In Black History: Feb. 19 – Tuskegee Airmen February 19, 2009

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1942 – The Army Air Corp’s all African American 99th Pursuit Squadron (known as the Tuskegee Airmen), later designated a fighter squadron, was activated at Tuskegee Institute.

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Profiles In Black: Desirée Rogers February 10, 2009

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Desirée Rogers is first African-American White House Social Secretary.  This New Orleans native is a Wellesley College and Harvard Business School graduate.

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In 1990 Rogers was appointed to run the Illinois State Lottery.  In 2000 she was named Cheif Marketing Officer of Peoples Energy and then Senior VP of Customer Service.  In 2004, Rogers was named President of Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas becaming the first African-American to hold that position.  And, in 2008 she was hired by Allstate Corporation to run a social networking initiative.

 

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Xtra Xtra: Road to the White House January 19, 2009

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Here’s a little something Xtra Xtra on the road to the Presidency.

President Obama’s Letter to His Daughters

Dear Malia and Sasha,

I know that you’ve both had a lot of fun these last two years on the campaign trail, going to picnics and parades and state fairs, eating all sorts of junk food your mother and I probably shouldn’t have let you have.  But I also know that it hasn’t always been easy for you and Mom, and that as excited as you both are about that new puppy, it doesn’t make up for all the time we’ve been apart.  I want to tell you a little more about why I decided to take our family on this journey.

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