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Buffalo Soldiers – Black soldiers fought in Washington’s army during the War of Independence, and served with Andrew Jackson at New Orleans in 1815. Late in 1861, Colonel T. W. Higginson took command of the First Regiment of South Carolina Volunteers, the first Black regiment in the service of the United States.

On June 28, 1866, an Act of Congress authorized the creation of two cavalry and four infantry regiments, “which shall be composed of colored men.”   Continue reading

Soul Train can be traced back to 1965 when WCIU-TV was a start-up UHF station. (You remember on your black and white TV you had to turn the top knob to UHF then turn the knob below it to channel 26.) Kiddie-a-gogo which was the first name.

Featured minority African American groups of studio dancers with a few guest dancers. Don Cornelius was a back up Disc Jockey at a Chicago radio station WVON and was hired by WCIU-TV in 1967.

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Back in the day when the hood was good
before niggaz were beefing and spilling blood
Still kids in a world full of possibilities
the world was safer and we could roam free

Back in the day 12th Ave was the block
where we all lived and where we hung out
eating some candy from Mrs. Brown’s store or
from the Rexall that was on the very next corner

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by Gregory Dearell Walton

EXT. LAKE MICHIGAN
Hovering over Lake Michigan early 70’s
NOW YOU SEE THE BEAUTIFUL CHICAGO SKYLINE, GOING WEST FLYING RIGHT BY THE SEARS TOWER.

Downtown Chicago Michigan Avenue you see Jody Watley and Jeffery Daniels getting off the CTA they are headed to the Chicago Board of World Trade Center.

INT SOUL TRAIN STUDIOS

Don Cornelius and his crew are setting up for today’s program.
EXT HEADING WEST AGAIN
Now you stop at the Old Chicago Stadium where the Bulls play.
THE CAMERA PANS AROUND, THEN ENTERS THE CHICAGO STADIUM.

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b.1911 – d.1999 - In Edward Daviswas the first African-American to own a new motor vehicle franchise, a Studebaker dealership, then the first African-American owner of a Big Three-dealership.

Leaving his Louisiana birthplace, Davis took a risk in the hope of a better future in Detroit, where he moved in with his uncle. After graduating from Cass Technical High School, Davis worked as a mechanic and eventually became employed at a Dodge Motor Company plant. Continue reading