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Archive for August, 2016

Events In African American History For August 09


1. In 1848, Free Soil party organized at Buffalo, N.Y., convention attended by Black abolitionists.

2. In 1929, The first Bud Billiken parade will take place in Chicago. To date It is the largest African-American Parade and the second largest parade in the United States. Always on the second Saturday in August, it began in 1929. The Bud Billiken parade started as a promotional idea through the Chicago Defender newspaper.

3. In 1936, Jesse Owens wins his fourth gold medal of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games in the 4×100-meter relay. His relay team set a new world record of 39.8 seconds, which held for 20 years. In their strong showing in track-and-field events at the XIth Olympiad, Jesse Owens and other African American athletes struck a propaganda blow against Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, who planned to use the Berlin Games as a showcase of supposed Aryan superiority.

4. In 1961, James B. Parsons becomes the first black U.S. District Judge with Life Tenure.

5. In 1971, Le Roy (Satchel) Paige is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

6. In 1987, “Mean” Joe Greene inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

7. In 1987, Beatrice Foods is acquired by Reginald Lewis. It is the largest business acquisition ever by an African American.

8. In 1987, Gene Upshaw inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

9. In 1995, World’s Indigenous Peoples Day, declared International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

10. In 1997, Abner Louima was beaten. Louima, a Black Haitian immigrant was arrested and brutally attacked by four New York City police officers. The police officers beat Louima brutally in a police cruiser on the way to the police station. Once back at the station house one of the Officer (Justin Volpe) sodomized Louima with a broken broom handle while a fellow officer held him down.

Michael Brown

In 2014, The murder of Michael Brown occurred in Ferguson, Missouri, a northern suburb of St. Louis. Brown, an  unarmed 18-year-old African-American man, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, 28, a white Ferguson police officer and was left laying in the street for 4 1/2 hours.

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