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Events In African American History For October 28


1. In 1862,  First Kansas Colored Volunteers drove off  force of rebels at Island Mound, Missouri. This was the first engagement for Black troops.

2. In 1914, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, founded at Howard University, incorporated.

3. In 1981, Edward M. McIntrye elected first Black mayor of Augusta, Georgia.

4. In 2009, President Obama Signs National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010

 

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For October 16


George Washington Williams

1. George Washington Williams,  was an American Civil War veteran, minister, politician and historian. He travelled to King Leopold II’s Congo Free State and his open letter to Leopold about the suffering of the region’s inhabitants at the hands of Leopold’s agents, helped to sway European and American public opinion against the regime running the Congo, under which some 10 million people lost their lives.

Manute Bol

2. Manute Bol, basketball player and activist. At 7 feet, 7 inches (2.31 meters), Bol was one of the tallest players ever to appear in the National Basketball Association.  Bol was officially measured at 7 feet, 6 3/4 inches tall by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Events In African American History For Sept 29


 

1. In 1784, First African American Masonic lodge is established by Prince Hall. Hall headed lodge #459 and was referred to as  “Worshipful Master.” He would also become a leading figure in the struggle for African Americans rights during this early period in U.S. history.

2. In 1864, Powhatan Beaty, 25 yr. old Union soldier ran 600 Ft. through heavy Confederate fire to regain the Union Army colors and rally his troops to victory during the bloody battle of New Market Heights in Richmond, VA.

3. In 1891, Elijah McCoy Received Patent for Drip Cup

4. In 1942, The SS Booker T. Washington was an American Liberty ship laid down on 19 August 1942 and launched on 29 September. Of the 2,700 Liberty ships built, this was the first of 17 that were named after African Americans.

It is also notable that its first captain was Hugh Mulzac, who was the first African American to command a U.S.  Merchant Marine Ship.The ship had an integrated crew of 18 nationalities. Between 1942 and 1947, it had made 22 round trip voyages ferrying troops and supplies to Europe and the Pacific theatre.  The ship was sold to a private owner in 1947 and scrapped in 1969.

4. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy orders federal troops in to force the integration of the University of Mississippi..

5. In 1975, WGPR-TV Detroit, first Black-owned station in US, went on the air.

6. In 1979, Nobel  Prize In Economics,  William Arthur Lewis, Professor of Economics Princeton University, became the first African Ameican to receive the Nobel Prize in Economics. This award represents the highest level of accomplishment for an economist.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For July 21


1. Christian Abraham Fleetwood, a non-commissioned officer in the United States Army, an editor, a musician, and a government official. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the American Civil War.

2. Charles P. Adams Sr., educator and administrator. founder of Grambling State University, in 1901.

3. Floyd McDaniel, Blues singer and musician, Known for blues-drenched jazz and jazz-drenched blues, Floyd McDaniel was a part of the Chicago scene for most of his 80 years. The singer/guitarist was born in Athens, AL but spent much of his life in the Windy City, which he moved to when he was 15 in 1930. As a teenager, McDaniel played and sang the blues on the streets of Chicago, and in 1933, he joined a washboard band called the Rhythm Rascals. In the early ’40s, McDaniel learned to play the electric guitar and joined the Four Blazes, a jump blues combo that later became the Five Blazes and recorded for Aristocrat in 1947 and United Artists in 1952-53.

4. Floyd Jones, blues singer, guitarist and songwriter, who is significant as one of the first of the new generation of electric blues artists to record in Chicago after the Second World War. A number of Jones’ recordings are regarded as classics of the Chicago blues idiom,[1] and his song “On The Road Again” was a top ten hit for Canned Heat in 1968.[

5. Charles Sumner “Chuck” Stone, Jr., a former Tuskegee Airman, an American newspaper editor, columnist, and professor of journalism. After completing his service in World War II, Stone already had been admitted to Harvard University but chose to matriculate at Wesleyan University.[1] In the 1940s, he was the first African-American undergraduate in several decades at Wesleyan, graduating in the class of 1948 and serving as the commencement speaker. Stone subsequently received a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Chicago.

6. Edolphus “Ed” Towns, politician and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 10th District of New York based in Brooklyn, and including such communities such as Fort Greene, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Mill Basin, Cypress Hills, East New York and Canarsie. A Democrat, he has served in the House since 1983. On December 10, 2008, the House Democratic Caucus formally elected Rep. Towns as Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The previous chairman Henry Wa

7. James Enos “Jim” Clyburn, politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for the 6th congressional district of South Carolina.

8. Alton H. Maddox, lawyer who was involved in several publicized cases in the 1980s before his law license was indefinitely suspended in 1990 by the New York State Supreme Court.

9. Dave Henderson, nicknamed Hendu, Major League Baseball player who played for the Seattle Mariners (1981-1986), Boston Red Sox (1986-1987), San Francisco Giants (1987), Oakland Athletics (1988-1993) and Kansas City Royals (1994). He batted and threw right-handed. He attended Dos Palos High School where his football #42 and baseball #22 were both retired for his hometown Broncos, who wear blue and gold.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For this date May 10


1. Henry Bibb, author, editor, abolitionist, and advocate of emigration from the United States. he published one of the best-known slave narratives, “Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb.  he started the “Voice of the Fugitive,” the fist Black newspaper in Canada.

He was born to a mixed-race enslaved woman, Milldred Jackson, on a Cantalonia, Kentucky plantation on May 10, 1815. His people told him his white father was James Bibb, a Kentucky state senator, but Henry never knew him. [1] As he was growing up, Bibb saw each of his six younger siblings, all boys, sold away to other slaveholders.

In 1833, Bibb married another mulatto slave, Malinda, who lived in Oldham County, Kentucky. They had a daughter, Mary Frances.

In 1842, he managed to flee to Detroit, from where he hoped to gain the freedom of his wife and daughter.[1] After finding out that Malinda had been sold as a mistress to a white planter, Bibb focused on his career as an abolitionist. He traveled and lectured throughout the United States.

2. Pickney Benton Steward Pinchback, Civil War officer and politician, entered Louisiana politics after the Civil War and became lieutenant governor of that Reconstruction Era state. For 43 days he actually served the office of governor of the state.   Won seats in both houses of Congress following disputed elections but could not persuade the members of either to seat him.”


3. Jayne Cortez, poet, musician, activist, and entrepreneur.   She is the author of ten books of poems and performer of her poetry with music on nine recordings. Her voice is celebrated for its political, surrealistic, dynamic innovations in lyricism, and visceral sound. Cortez has presented her work and ideas at universities, museums, and festivals in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, the Caribbean and the United States. Her poems have been translated into many languages and widely published in anthologies, journals, and magazines.

She was organizer of “Slave Routes the Long Memory” and “Yari Yari Pamberi: Black Women Writer Dissecting Globalization,” both conferences were held at New York University. She is president of the Organization of Women Writers of Africa, and appears on screen in the films “Women In Jazz” and “Poetry In Motion.”

4. Judith Jamison, modern dancer, dance director,  educator and author, best known as the Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.  Jamison’s numerous awards include Kennedy Center Honors (1999) and the National Medal of Arts (2001). She won a prime time Emmy Award and an American Choreography Award for Outstanding Choreography for the PBS “Great Performances: Dance In America” special, “A Hymn for Alvin Ailey.” She wrote an autobiography, “Dancing Spirit”, published in 1993.  She is an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

5. Darryl M. Bell,  actor. He is perhaps best known for his role as college student Ron Johnson, Jr. on the NBC sitcom A Different World. Additionally, he appeared as Morris Clay in the UPN sitcomHomeboys in Outer Space, and had a minor part in the 1988 Spike Lee film School Daze.  Bell is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Greek-letter fraternity. He pledged into the fraternity through Delta Zeta Chapter in Spring 1982.  Bell attended Syracuse University. He is in a  long committed relationship with actress Tempestt Bledsoe, who co-starred in the NBCTV comedy The Cosby Show. The couple appeared together in the Fox reality TV series Househusbands of Hollywood, that debuted in August 2009.

7. Marvin Young, better known by his stage name Young MC, is a Rapp Artist. He is best known for his 1989 hit “Bust a Move“.   While completing his last 2 years at USC, Young MC helped write “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina” for Tone Loc. The first radio station to play Wild Thing was KROQ-FM, better known for its specialty of cutting-edge alternative rock. “Wild Thing” achieved multi-platinum status in 1988, with sales totaling nearly 4 million copies. “Funky Cold Medina” achieved multi-platinum status in 1989, selling well over 2 million copies.

8. Carl Douglas, R&B singer, best known for his song “Kung Fu Fighting”, which hit number one in both the UK Singles Chart and the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1974. The R.I.A.A. awarded gold disc status on 27 November, and it won a Grammy Award for Best Selling Single in 1974.   It eventually went on to sell eleven million records worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time.

Events In African American History For March 03


1. In 1794, 217 Years ago Today, Richard Allen founded AME Church.

2. In 1819 Congress passed Legislation authorizing the return of freed Black Slaves to their “Motherland”. The American Colonization Society group of freed slaves arrived at Sherbro Island in 1821 before being driven by circumstance to Providence Island at Cape Mesurado in present day Liberia in April 1822. 

Seven years prior  In 1815 Paul Cuffe settled a group of 88 freed slaves on Sherbro Island.  Sherbro Island is the site of an early 19th-century British post against the slave trade. The island was acquired from the Sherbro people by the colony at Freetown in 1861.

3. In 1820, 191 Years ago Today, Missouri Compromise enacted. The measure prohibited slavery to the north of southern boundary of Missouri.

4. In 1821, 190 Years ago Today, Thomas L.Jennings Becomes the first African American to be granted a patent in the United States by receiving a patent for his technique to “Dry” clothes.

5. In 1863, 148 Years ago Today, Draft Act Passed, During the height of the Civil War, Congress passed this act which mandated military service for all men between the ages of twenty and forty-five.

6. In 1865, 146 Years ago Today, Congress chartered Freedmen’s Savings and Trust Bank with business confined to Blacks.

7. In 1865, 146 Years ago Today, The Freeman’s Bureau was established by Congress on March 3, 1865. The bureau was designed to protect the interests of former slaves. This included helping them to find new employment and to improve educational and health facilities. In the year that followed the bureau spent $17,000,000 establishing 4,000 schools, …

8. In 1869, 142 Years ago Today, The 38th and 41st Infantry regiments were joined and became the 24th Infantry Regiment, the third of four proposed African American regiments in the U.S. Army. Following the Civil War the regiment was posted in Texas from 1869 to 1880.

9. In 1869, 142 Years ago Today, University of South Carolina opened to all races.Two Blacks B.A. Boseman and Francis L. Cardozo were elected to seven-man board of trustees.

10. In 1886, 125 Years ago Today, Robert F. Flemming, Jr. received patent for a guitar.

11. In 1947, 64 Years ago Today, Louis Jordan’s “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens” is the #1 R&B Single.

12. In 1963, 48 Years ago Today, COINTELPRO, A memorandum sent to field offices of the FBI set goals for what was termed as a new “counterintelligence program” against African American Nationalist groups. The objective was to block attempts by targeted groups to coalesce, grow and exist. The agency believed unity was the “first step toward a Mau-Mau-style uprising” in the United States and the beginning of a “Black Revolution.” The FBI hierarchy further believed their efforts would prevent the rise of a “Black Messiah” who could unify and “electrify” the masses. Top candidates for this leadership position were Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Both Men were eventually assassinated.

13. In 1991, 20 Years ago Today, a group of white LA police  severely beat Rodney King for speeding in a Yugo

14. In 2002, 9 Years ago Today, Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” is named Song and Record of the Year at the Grammys.

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