Black History Fact of the day

John Russwurm was born on October 1, 1799 in Jamaica. He was the son of a white American merchant and an unknown black Jamaican woman. He was sent to Canada by his father to receive an education.

Russwurm became the second African American to earn a degree in the United States in 1826. He moved to New York the following year, and partnered with Samuel Cornish and together they published the first issue of Freedom’s Journal.


He obtained control of the Freedom’s Journal paper until 1829. Russwurm decided to move to Liberia due to his frustration over the impossibility of ending slavery. He was the first nonwhite to become governor in Liberia Colony, West Africa.

Russwurm learned African languages and participated in politics. He died in Liberia in 1851.

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Black History Month Day 10

Ignatius Sancho was born in 1729 on a slave ship. Around his second or third birthday, Sancho was brought to England to work as a servant for the Duke of Montagu. While working as a butler, he was reading, writing poetry and music.

In 1758, Sancho married a west Indian woman. They had six children. They began a grocer’s shop in Westminster in 1773. Sancho sold tea, sugar, tobacco and other little things out of his shop.


Sancho became the first black first person to vote in Great Britain. He was also known for his letters about slavery. He would send letters to novelists making it known that he was a black man and a former slave. He wanted his writings to condemn slavery in the British West Indies.

He also published his own music. He had a total of 62 short compositions. Sancho died in London in 1780.

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Black History Month 02/07/2018

On the seventh day of Black History month, I would like to turn your attention to an African American inventor.

Elijah McCoy was born in Canada on May 2, 1844. His parents were fugitive slaves who escaped from Kentucky to Canada. They returned to the U.S settling in Michigan in 1847.

McCoy traveled to Scotland at the age of 15 for an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering. After becoming a certified engineer, he returned to Michigan. He was unable to find work as an engineer due to the color of his skin. Instead, he settled for a fireman and oiler position at the Michigan Central Railroad.


McCoy studied the system of oiling axles, and then invented a lubricating cup which distributes oil evenly. His invention contributed to the efficiency of travelling. He was able to obtain a patent for his invention. He received nearly 60 patents during his lifetime.

He created designs for an ironing board, a sprinkler and other machines. McCoy’s name didn’t appear on many of his inventions, so he would assign the patent rights to his employers or sell to investors.

In 1920, he formed the Elijah McCoy Manufacturing Company to produce items with his name on them.

On October 10, 1929 McCoy died in Detroit Michigan. For more information on Elijah McCoy, visit

Black History Month 02/02/2018

Today we’re focusing on a journalist, minister and activist by the name of Richard Allen.

Allen was born into slavery on February 14, 1760 in Philadelphia, PA. Allen and his family were sold to someone in Delaware around 1768. At the age of 17, he converted to Methodism. His owner sold his mother and three siblings.

By 1783, Allen was able to purchase his freedom. He then returned to PA. and found a place of worship. He became an assistant minister and held prayer meetings for African Americans. Eventually Allen left the church because of the limitations that were put on blacks.


Allen helped with the establishing of the Free African Society. Allen and other black Methodists founded the Bethel Church in 1794. With the help of his wife, he would also hide running slaves in the basement of the church.

He became the first African American to be ordained in the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1799. In 1816, he founded the first national black church and became the first bishop.

On March 26, 1831, Allen died at his home in P.A. For more information on Richard Allen, visit

Black History Month: Day 25

Salem Poor was a war hero. He was patriot of the American Revolutionary war.

Poor was born into slavery in the year of 1747 in Massachusetts. In 1769, he bought his freedom. He was married in 1771 to a free black woman, and had a son named Jonas.

Poor enlisted in the army in 1775. Blacks weren’t welcomed as soldiers, but black men risked their lives willingly, in hope of freedom from slavery.


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Poor became well known in a battle that took place on June 16, 1775. Poor was enlisted with Captain James Frye. Frye and his men, including Poor, marched from Cambridge, Massachusetts to Charleston, Massachusetts, and settled there at the top of the hill.

The British were aware, and there were casualties. Poor shot and killed a Lieutenant. He was credited for the killings of other soldiers as well.

More than a 1,000 black fighters lost their lives at the battle of Bunker Hill. The fighters wanted to prove their loyalty. George Washington was still against black men enlisting and volunteering.

The British offered freedom to slaves who would fight for England. Blacks were welcomed as soldiers under Washington’s command.

In 1775, Poor was recognized for his heroism by minutemen officers and a colonel, who petitioned that Poor behaved like an experienced officer, and an excellent soldier.

Poor re-enlisted several times before he was discharged in 1780. He was married three more times throughout his lifetime. He was also jailed in 1799 for a small period of time, for “breach of peace”.

Salem died in 1802.

Black History Month: Day 24

Lucy Parsons was a labor organizer who fought for the rights of the poor, women, and equality for people of color.

Parsons was born in Texas around 1853. Her ancestry consisted of African American, Native American, and Mexican. It is possible that she was born of slave parents. She would only claim that she was Mexican, and a Native American.


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Around 1870, she met her soon to be husband, Albert Parsons. Since Albert was white, their marriage probably wasn’t legal. The couple was forced to leave Texas due to their political involvement. They moved to Chicago in 1873.

Parsons began to write for “The Socialist” in 1878. She would write about the homeless, women, and unemployed veterans. Throughout Chicago she became a powerful writer, and inspirational speaker.

She contributed to the founding of the International Working People’s Association(IWPA) in 1883. The IWPA organized a labor strike in 1886 to support the eight hour work day. Nearly 80,000 workers were involved, and the movement caused violence to erupt five days later.


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Several of the organizers were jailed, including Albert. They were all hanged.

Parsons continued to raise awareness after her husband’s death. She condemned lynching, and continued to advocate for people of color. She also joined the Communist Party in 1939.

Parsons continued to work hard for change until her death. She died in a house fire in Chicago on March 7, 1942.

Black History Month: Day 23

Let’s get straight into it. Catherine Ferguson was a pioneer and an educator. She started a Sunday school in New York city.

Ferguson was born in 1779 into slavery. She was separated from her mother at the age of eight. The separation inspired her to help other children in the future.

At the age of 16, her freedom was bought by a female friend, for $200. To repay her female friend, she would serve her for 11 months, which equaled to $100. The rest of the money was raised by a merchant in New York.


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Ferguson became a cake baker. She would bake for weddings and parties. She was married at the age of 18, and birth two children, but they passed during their infancy.

During her lifetime, she cared for neglected children in her neighborhood. She would bring the children to Sunday school, which was located in the basement of a church. She would hold prayer meetings for the children, and adults.

She would take care of children, until she found them a suitable home.

Ferguson died in 1854 in her home from cholera. After her death, she was recognized for her social work, and she gained attention from the press. The Katy Ferguson home for unwed mothers was established in 1920 as a tribute to her work.