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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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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

Born in 1942, Curtis Mayfield was ahead of his time. Performer, producer, songwriter and businessman he was more in sync with the civil rights movement than any of the other musicians of his era. “My songs were not only personal to me, they were personal to a movement..” he said in 1989. He taught himself to play guitar and later performed gospel with his friend Jerry Butler in the Northern Jubilee Singers. In 1957 they formed the Roosters, a doo wop group. The name would change again, to the Impressions, before they scored a hit with “For Your Precious Love”.

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