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The Secret History of Black Santas

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The Secret History of Black Santas
By Jim Stroud • Issue #79 • View online
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A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT (I'm just sayin'.)
Black History Quiz: A Word Find Puzzle Book of Black History Facts and Quotes
THE SECRET HISTORY OF BLACK SANTAS
  • The Santa Claus legend can be traced back to a fourth century monk named St Nicholas who lived in what is today Turkey
  • The modern image of Santa Claus was created in the late 1800s by American artist Thomas Nast in a series of cartoons for Harper’s Weekly magazine
  • It became a staple of Christmas cards and advertising images in the early 20th Century, most notably a 1930s Coca-Cola commercial, which some believe popularised his distinctive red-and-white garb
The Legend of Coca-Cola and Santa Claus
The Legend of Coca-Cola and Santa Claus
“A negro Santa Claus went down a chimney head first and landed on the fire,” A 1901 news report, from Bloomfield, New Jersey, read. “The surprised occupants of the room flogged him.”
Other reports from the time tell of Christmas parties enlivened by “black-face” Santas, singing “negro melodies.”
In 1915, a gushing account of President Wilson’s honeymoon at a Virginia resort included a description of a festive party “presided over by a dusky Santa Claus,” with a large “gaily decorated” Christmas tree.
“Before [the tree] disported 15 negroes, whose antics and musical efforts kept the President and everybody else almost convulsed with laughter.”
Four years later, the Pittsburgh Daily Post carried a report about “the first negro Santa ever put on the streets of any city”. He had been hired by the Volunteers of America in response to “appeals from poor coloured children”, the newspaper added.
But the real breakthrough for black Santas came in 1936, when a certain tap-dancing legend became Harlem’s “first negro Santa Claus” at an annual Christmas Eve party for underprivileged children.
Q: Who was this tap dancing legend?
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PUZZLE TIME
Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African-American culture that is held from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a communal feast called Karamu, usually held on the 6th day. It is based on African harvest festival traditions from various parts of Africa, including West and Southeast Africa. Kwanzaa was first celebrated in 1966.
Kwanzaa celebrates what its founder called the seven principles of Kwanzaa. They were developed in 1965, a year before Kwanzaa itself. These seven principles comprise Kawaida, a Swahili word meaning “common.” Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to a principle and they are all found in the word find puzzle below, along with the name of the creator of Kwanzaa. Can you find them all?
The answer to this week’s puzzle challenge will be revealed next week.
LAST WEEK'S BHQ ANSWER
Sarah Rector is the answer to last week’s quiz.
Sarah Rector | The Pendergast Years
Who was the real Sarah Rector, “The Richest Black Girl in America?”
TODAY'S BLACK HISTORY QUIZ ANSWER
Bill “Bojangles” Robinson [Source: BBC News]
Bojangles Dances for Shirley Temple
Bojangles Dances for Shirley Temple
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson - Facts, Quotes & Dancing - Biography
More history on Black Santas!
The origins of Black Santa Claus
Sorry, America, Santa Claus Wasn't Really White
History of Santa
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Jim Stroud

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