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1830 - The African American population in Portssmouth, Ohio is

        forcibly deported by order of city officials.


1913 - Fanny M. Jackson Coppin joins the ancesttors in Philadelphia,

        Pennsylvania. She was a pioneering educator and missionary

        and the first African American woman to graduate from an

        American college (Oberlin, 1865). Coppin State College (now

        University) in Baltimore, Maryland will be named after her.


1938 - Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is foundeed in Philadelphia,

        Pennsylvania, by Marion Turner Stubbs Thomas. Dedicated to

        providing educational, cultural, civic, and social programs

        for African American youth, Jack and Jill will grow to have

        180 chapters nationwide.


1941 - Richard "Richie" Pierce Havenss is born in Brooklyn, New York. 

        He will grow up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant community, the

        eldest of nine children.  He will become a folk singer,

        influenced in his early days by Nina Simone. It will be as

        a live performer, that he will first earn widespread notice.

        Richie will play the 1966 Newport Folk Festival, the 1967

        Monterey Jazz Festival, the January 1968 Woody Guthrie

        Memorial Concert at Carnegie Hall, the December 1968 Miami

        Pop Festival, the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival, and of course,

        the 1969 Woodstock festival in upstate New York. He will

        join the ancestors on April 22, 2013 after succumbing to a

        heart attack.


1950 - Leslie Sebastien Charles in born in Fyzabad, Trinidad. He

        will emigrate to England at the age of eight and will later

        become a popular singer known as "Billy Ocean." He will

        release hits such as "Suddenly," "Caribbean Queen," "Get

        Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car," "When The Going Gets

        Tough, The Tough Get Going" (which was featured in the

        movie, "The Jewel Of The Nile"), and "To Make You Cry."


1963 - Akeem Abdul Olajuwon is born in Lagos, NNigeria. He will

        become one of five boys born to his parents with one sister.

        He will come to the United States and play collegiate

        basketball for the University of Houston. He will be

        selected by the Houston Rockets in the first round (first

        pick overall) of the 1984 NBA Draft. After twelve years of

        play in the NBA, he will be selected in 1996 as one of the

        50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Olajuwon will add a "H"

        to his first name on 3/9/1991 and become an United States

        citizen on 4/2/1993. The University of Houston will retire

        his jersey, # 34, on 2/12/97.


1964 - Carl T. Rowan is named director of the UU.S. Information

        Agency, the highest position ever held by an African

        American to date. By virtue of his position, he also becomes

        the first African American to sit on the National Security



1971 - Twelve African American congressmen boyccott Richard Nixon's

        State of the Union Address because of his "consistent

        refusal" to respond to the petitions of African Americans.


1982 - Blues guitar singer B.B. King donates hiis entire record

        collection to the University of Mississippi's Center for

        the Study of Southern Culture. The collection includes

        over 7,000 rare blues records he played when he worked as

        a disc jockey in Memphis. Born Riley B. King, he called

        himself the "Beale Street Blues Boy," later shortened to

        "B.B." B.B. King is considered one of the most influential

        blues musicians in history.


1984 - Singer Jackie Wilson joins the ancestorss after remaining

        semi-comatose for nine years after suffering a massive heart

        attack in 1975.


1987 - The Coasters, Bo Diddley, Aretha Frankliin, Marvin Gaye,

        B. B. King, Clyde McPhatter, Smokey Robinson, Big Joe Turner,

        Muddy Waters, Jackie Wilson and T-Bone Walker are inducted

        into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


1990 - Quincy Jones is awarded the French Legioon of Honor for his

        contributions to music as a trumpeter, composer, arranger,

        and record producer.




The source for these facts are "Encyclopedia Britannica,

"Before the Mayflower", "Black Firsts" and independent

research by Mr. Rene’ A. Perry, Sr.




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