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Lisa Anderson
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Formally a City of Los Angeles employee, now I take photos and make jokes.
Formally a City of Los Angeles employee, now I take photos and make jokes.

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Happy Birthday to St. Louis comedy legend Cedric the Entertainer!
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From the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History -

Cabell "Cab" Calloway III was a jazz singer and bandleader. He was a regular entertainer at the Cotton Club in Harlem during the 1930s. During that period, he led one of the most popular big bands, “Cab Calloway and his Orchestra,” featuring such performers as trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and saxophonists Ben Webster. History has it, that Cab Calloway learned how to scat from legendary jazz musician Louis Armstrong. #JazzAppreciationMonth

Photo: Cab Calloway standing in front of a French language sign advertising for Cab Calloway, Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Cabella Calloway Langsam.
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On this day in 1951, 16-year-old schoolgirl Barbara Johns led her fellow pupils in a walkout against racist and substandard conditions in her school. The school one of the case studies examined by the Supreme Court which eventually declared segregation unconstitutional. However rather than desegregate, the local school board closed all of its schools, and the private schools which local white children went to instead did not desegregate until 1986. #knowyourhistory 
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Melba Roy Mouton. Another “hidden figure” who helped NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration reach new heights in the 1960s, Mouton led a group of mathematicians, known as “computers,” who tracked the trajectories and location of satellites and aircraft. For this and other leadership roles, Mouton received an Exceptional Performance Award and NASA’s Apollo Achievement Award, before retiring in 1973.
#womenshistory #blackhistory #womeninSTEM 
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Annie Malone, August 9, 1869 - May 10, 1957 (pictured in 1927) was country's first African American millionaire. Malone built a very successful business creating hair care products for African American women. In 1918, Malone established Poro College in north St. Louis, a trade school to train beauticians and barbers as well as secretaries & bookkeepers to work on the marketing side of the business. Poro was so successful that by the 1930s Malone was one of the wealthiest women in the world. Missouri History Museum. #womenshistory #blackhistory 
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Happy Birthday, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. 🎂
Carter was a star prizefighter boxer who was wrongfully convicted of murder and later released following a petition of habeas corpus after spending almost 20 years in prison.
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