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Today in Black History: April 30

Bessie Coleman, the first licensed Black aviator, was killed in an airplane accident on this date in 1926. Click Here to purchase your copy of Bessie Coleman: Pioneering Black Woman Aviator by John B. Holway

 
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Today in Black History: April 29

Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, legendary composer and bandleader, was born in Washington, DC, on this date in 1899. Ellington is famous for his songs: “Take the A Train,” “Mood Indigo,” and “I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good” among others. He was commemorated on a U.S. postage stamp on this date in 1986. Click

 
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Today in Black History: April 26

 Gertrude “Ma” Rainey (April 26, 1886 – December 22, 1939), known as “Mother of the Blues,” was born in Columbus, GA, on this date in 1886. Ma Rainey was known for her very powerful vocal abilities, energetic disposition, majestic phrasing, and a ‘moaning’ style of singing similar to folk tradition. Among others, Rainey recorded with Louis

 
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