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    Soldier, attorney and journalist Charles P. Howard, Sr. (born March 10, 1890) covered the UN for the National Negro Press and wrote a column for the Iowa Bystander. “I would rather die and go to hell than to let my children know that by my silence, by my acquiesce, I permitted to grow stronger the sentiment that they were not entitled to absolutely everything that everybody else in this country is entitled to.” #TodayInBlackHistory

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