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Black History NJ Series

Black History NJ: James Dickson Carr

James Dickson Carr was born in Baltimore, Maryland on September 28, 1869. His father, William, was a Presbyterian minister. Though he was born in Maryland, Carr and his family made a couple major moves, resulting in public school attendances throughout…

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Black History NJ: Tasha Smith

Black History NJ: Tasha Smith

Actress, comedian and model, Tasha Smith, was born in Camden on February 28, 1971. She and her twin sister, Sidra, were raised by a single mother who gave birth to the pair at the age of 15. Smith grew up…

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Black History NJ: Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Black History NJ: Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Both the Chair of the Center for African American Studies and the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University, Eddie S. Glaude Jr. was born on Sept. 4, 1968, in Moss Point, Mississippi. He…

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Todd Bowles

Black History NJ: Todd Bowles

New York Jets Head Coach Todd Bowles was born on Nov. 18, 1963. He grew up in Elizabeth, NJ in the now-demolished Pioneer Homes projects. His mother, Joan, raised four kids while juggling two jobs. In his youth, Bowles helped…

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Black History NJ: Carl Lewis

Black History NJ: Carl Lewis

Olympic track and field champion Frederick Carlton Lewis (aka Carl Lewis) was born in Birmingham, Alabama on July 1, 1961. Lewis grew up in a household surrounded by talented athletes. His mother, Evelyn Lawler, competed in the 80-meter hurdles at…

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Black History NJ: Keshia Knight Pulliam

Black History NJ: Keshia Knight Pulliam

Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam was born in Newark, New Jersey on April 9, 1979. She lived with her parents and two brothers. Her career actually began in New York City, not far from her childhood home, when she was just…

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Victor Cruz

Black History NJ: Victor Cruz

Football star Victor Cruz was born on Nov. 11, 1986, in Paterson, New Jersey. Cruz, who helped lead the Paterson Catholic High School football team to an undefeated season in his senior year, has dealt with and overcome adversity his…

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Avery Brooks

Black History NJ: Avery Brooks

The state of New Jersey has facilitated the growth of countless actors, activists, musicians, directors and educators. Among them is multi-talented star Avery Brooks, who encompasses all five traits in one. Brooks has accomplished a great number of things in…

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Althea Gibson

Black History NJ: Althea Gibson

Tennis icon Althea Gibson was the first African American to win a Grand Slam title, in 1956. She was born in Silver, South Carolina on Aug. 25, 1927, but moved with her parents to New York when she was very…

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