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Black History Month

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FRANCIS HARPER 

(1825-1911)

Born free in Baltimore, Harper was an abolitionist, suffragist, poet, teacher, public speaker, and writer.
She helped slaves make their way along the Underground Railroad to Canada. In 1894, she co-founded the National Association of Colored Women.

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ROBERT S. ABBOTT 

(1870-1940)

Robert Abbot was the founder of The Chicago Defender, a black newspaper that paved the way for other black publications like Jet and Ebony. Abbot was one of the nation's most prominent post-slavery black millionaires. 

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JANE BOLIN (1908-2007)

After being the first black woman to graduate from Yale Law School, Jane Bolin became the first female African American judge. She served on New York's family court for forty years.

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PAUL ROBESON (1898-1976)

Paul Robeson was a cultural icon. The singer, actor, athlete, and activist took a strong stance during the Civil Rights Movement.

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MAURICE ASHLEY

Maurice Ashley is the first African American to be named a chess Grandmaster and the first black player ever in the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame.

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WANGARI MAATHAI

Wangari Maathai became the first black woman to win the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her environmental work. She was also the first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree.

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LONNIE JOHNSON

Lonnie Johnson, a former engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, made contributions to NASA's missions and studies of Jupiter and Saturn. But, you might be more familiar with his invention of the Super Soaker squirt gun.

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SHIRLEY ANN JACKSON

A theoretical physicist, Shirley Ann Jackson was the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is the inventor of Caller-ID, and the second African American woman in the United States to earn a doctorate in physics. 

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WEEK FOUR

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Black History Celebration

A Celebration and Appreciation of the Black Identity

The Urban Oasis Presents

SPOKEN WORD

Scroll right or left to hear artists Alyssa Miller, Em Sea Water, and Native Son speak on the Black Identity

DISHES OF THE DIASPORA

Cook along with The Urban Oasis as we celebrate the flavors  of popular dishes throughout the African Diaspora

KARIMA'S CURRY CHICKEN

Join Karima as she shares a recipe from her native country, Jamaica! 

1 Whole Chicken (cut in pieces)

1 tsp jerk seasoning

1tsp seasoned salt

1/2 medium onion

1 Tbsp chopped garlic

Cilantro

1 small tomato (optional)

2 Tbsp Jamaican curry powder

Cooking Oil

1/2 Tbsp curry powder (to "brown the curry")

Water

2 Medium Potatoes (Cut in cubes)

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Drum with me, Dance with me

Join brother Charles Watson as he introduces us to the rhythms of the Djembe! Then, travel through time with Guardian Dance and learn African American history through dance!

LOCAL BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES

These local entrepreneurs are offering a variety of services that make it easy to buy black-owned. Check them out!

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Next Act Cinema

NextAct Cinema is an independent boutique theater that offers a unique, personalized movie-going experience.

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Lexi's Lil Bug

Lexi's Lil Bug provides a safe and flexible transportation service for children, helping parents and guardians maintain a stable work-life balance.

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Fleurs d'Ave

Established in 2018, Fleurs d’Ave Floral Boutique is a bespoke floral boutique that brings a hand-crafted, personal touch back to floristry.

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Storytime

Gather around and listen in as we celebrate the black identity throughout the diaspora!