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February 17, 2011

Michael Jordan

Black History Month – Day 17 Spotlight: Michael Jordan

You figure since I named my child after Jordan I need to have him somewhere in this Black History Month Spotlight. What more fitting of a day to talk about the greatest player ever – period, than on his birthday.

Michael Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 17, 1963. His parents, James and Delores Jordan, moved to Wilmington, North Carolina when he was still a toddler. Jordan has two older brothers, one older sister, and one younger sister.

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Jordan loved to play baseball when he was a child, and also played some basketball and football. His love for basketball began [...]

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February 16, 2011

Frederick Douglass

Black History Month – Day 16 Spotlight: Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass was an American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement. He stood as a living counter-example to slaveholders’ arguments that slaves did not have the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. He became a major speaker for the cause of abolition.

Douglass also wrote several autobiographies, eloquently describing his life as a slave, and his struggles to be free. His first autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, was published in 1845 and [...]

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February 15, 2011

Madam C.J. Walker

Black History Month – Day 15 Spotlight: Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker (December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919), born Sarah Breedlove, was an African-American businesswoman, hair care entrepreneur and philanthropist. She made her fortune by developing and marketing a hugely successful line of beauty and hair products for black women under the company she founded, Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company.

Born in Delta, Louisiana Madam Walker was one of six children. Her parents and elder siblings were slaves on a Madison Parish plantation owned by Robert W. Burney. After her parents passed away, Madam C. J. Walker moved in with her older sister, and brother-in-law, [...]

 
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February 14, 2011

Quincy Jones

Black History Month – Day 14 Spotlight: Quincy Jones

Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. is synonymous with the term ‘American musician’. Born March 14, 1933, Jones is a conductor, record producer, musical arranger, film composer, television producer, and trumpeter who is enjoying a career that spans six decades in the entertainment industry.

Jones has a record 79 Grammy Award nominations and actually receiving 27 awards, including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991.

He is particularly recognized as the producer of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, which has sold between 60-110 million copies worldwide, and as the producer and conductor of the charity song “We [...]

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