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1902 - The Dinwiddle Quartet from Virginia is the first

        African American singing group on record when they

        record six single sided discs, including "Down at the

        Old Camp Ground," on the Victory Talking Machine

        Company's Monarch label.


1923 - Runnin' Wildd opens at the Colonial Theater, Broadway.

        Miller and Lyles Productions introduced the Charleston

        to New York and the world.


1924 - Dixie to Broadway, "the first reaal revue by Negroes,"

        opens at the Broadhurst Theater, New York City, with

        Florence Mills in the starring role.


1929 - The collapse of the stock market and tthe beginning of

        the Great Depression.  By 1937, 26 per cent of African

        American males will be unemployed.


1945 - Beatrice Moore is born in New York, Neew York.  She will

        become an actress and singer better known as Melba

        Moore. Her big break will come when she joins the cast

        of the Broadway musical "Hair." She will eventually win

        the lead role. It will be the first time that an African

        American actress replaces a white actress (Diane Keaton)

        for a lead role on Broadway. That engagement will be

        followed with another Broadway hit, "Purlie," which

        earns her a Tony Award and rave reviews.  This success

        will be followed by appearances in film and television.

        In addition to her success in acting, she will have a

        fruitful recording career.


1947 - The President's Committee on Civil Rigghts condemns racial

        injustices in America in a formal report, "To Secure

        These Rights."


1947 - Texas Southern University is establishhed.


1947 - The NAACP Spingarn Medal is awarded too Dr. Percy L. Julian

        for his achievements as a scientist.


1949 - Alonzo G. Moron, from the Virgin Islannds, becomes the

        first person of African descent to become president of

        Hampton Institute (now University) in Hampton, Virginia.


1960 - Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) boxes in hhis first professional

        fight, beating Tunney Hunsaker in 6 rounds.


1961 - Randy Jackson is born in Gary, Indianaa. He will become a

        member of the famed family group, "The Jackson Five."


1969 - Johnson Products Company of Chicago, IIllinois, the largest

        African American hair-care products manufacturer, is

        incorporated.  Founded by George Johnson in 1954, in 1971,

        it will become the first African American owned company

        listed on the American Stock Exchange.


1969 - The U.S. Supreme Court states that schhool systems must end

        segregation "at once" and "operate now and hereafter only

        unitary schools." In the Mississippi case, Alexander v.

        Holmes, the Court abandons the principle of "all

        deliberate speed."


1974 - Muhammad Ali defeats George Foreman inn Zaire to regain his

        heavyweight crown in a fight billed as "The Rumble in the

        Jungle."  In addition to the fight being the first

        heavyweight title fight held in Africa, it is the 14th

        Anniversary of Ali's professional boxing debut.


1981 - William Otis Walker, publisher of the "Cleveland Call &

        Post," joins the ancestors at the age of 85.  He was the

        first African American to hold a post in the Ohio Cabinet

        in 1963, and was national chairman for "Black Republicans

        for Reagan and Bush" in 1980.


1987 - Thomas Hearns wins an unprecedented 4th boxing title in

        different weight classes.





The source for these facts are "Encyclopedia Britannica,

"InfoBeat," "I, Too, Sing America - The African American>

Book of Days," "Before the Mayflower", "Black Firsts" and 

independent research by Rene’ A. Perry.




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