Black Men Power:Thelonious Monk

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Thelonious Monk (1917-1982), “was American jazz pianist and composer considered one of the giants of American music.[He] had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire”

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The GULLAH/GEECHEE

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The GULLAH/GEECHEE preserved more of their African cultural heritage than any other group of African Americans. The English spoken by the Gullah slaves was greatly influenced by their native languages of the Fante, Ga, Kikongo, Kimbundu, Mandinka, Twi, Ewe, Ibo and Yorba.

 

Black Men Power:Bob Gosani

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Bob Gosani -Much is not known about South African photographer Bob Gosani’s early life and sadly, details on how he passed away in 1972, in his late 30s, are difficult to find. But what is certain is that Gosani’s work made a profound and pivotal contribution to the anti-Apartheid regime in South Africa – most especially through his documentation of the ‘Tauza dance’, a humiliating and degrading act that black prisoners were forced to perform at The Fort prison in Hillbrow.

Black Men Power: William T. Shorey

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William T. Shorey (1859 – 1919) was a late 19th Century American whaling ship captain known to his crew as the Black Ahab. He was born in Barbados July 13, 1859 and spent his life at sea. He became the only black captain operating on the west coast of the United States in the late-1880s and 1890s. He obtained his certification in 1885

Black Men Power: Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop

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Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop, the brilliant Black anthropologist, historian, & physicist was one of the most prominent & proficient Black scholars in the history of African civilization. His discoveries and deductions have shown the world the true accomplishments of African history, effectively put an end to the debate over who the original people of Egypt were, and pioneered techniques of scientific research – such as carbon dating as a means of dating artifacts and remains.

 

Black Men Power:Earl Graves

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Earl Graves – Earl Gilbert Graves, Sr. is an American entrepreneur, publisher, businessman, and philanthropist. A graduate of Morgan State University, he is the founder of Black Enterprise magazine and chairman of the media company Earl G. Graves, Ltd.

Black Men Power: Andrew York

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Andrew York, black slave to William Clark and who was an invaluable member of the Lewis & Clark Expedition. A hunter & explorer, he helped to survey and even saved the lives of others in the expedition on numerous occasions. What must it have been like to return to slavery after 2 years of greater respect…to be the only member of the expedition not to receive recognition, money and land let alone his freedom. (This statue by Ed Hamilton stands on the Riverfront Plaza in Louisville, Kentucky.)

Black Men Power: Richard Theodore Greene

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Richard Theodore Greener (January 30, 1844 – May 2,1922) achieved MANY First in his lifetime. He was the first African-American graduate of Harvard College (1870) and dean of the Howard University School of Law (1878-1880). Mr. Greener accepted the professorship of mental and moral philosophy at the University of South Carolina in October 1873, where he was the university’s first African-American faculty member.