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1892 - 25,000 African American workers strikee in New Orleans,

        Louisiana.  This is the first major job stoppage in U.S.

        labor history by African Americans.


1923 - The U.S. Department of Labor issues a report stating that

        approximately 500,000 African Americans had left the South

        in the preceding twelve months.


1935 - Langston Hughes's play "Mulatto&qquot; opens on Broadway.  It will

        have the longest run of any play by an African American

        until Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun."


1935 - Italy invades Ethiopia. African Americcans hold mass meetings

        of protest and raise funds for the Ethiopian defenders.


1936 - The Boston Chronicle blasts the soon-tto-be-released movie

        "The Big Broadcast" of 1937 for featuring a white pianist

        who appears in the movie while Teddy Wilson actually plays

        the music: "The form of racial discrimination and

        falsification of frequently duplicated by many

        whites in their daily dealings with Negroes...Negro farm

        hands and laborers in other fields of industry produce

        billions of dollars of wealth, but the white landowners and

        sweat shop operators get all the profit."


1942 - In recognition of the influence of so--called race music,

        Billboard magazine creates its first ratings chart devoted

        to African American music, The Harlem Hit Parade.  The

        number-one record is "Take It & Git" by Andy Kirk and His

        Twelve Clouds of Joy, featuring Mary Lou Williams on piano.


1948 - Frizzel Grayy is born in Baltimore, Maryland.  Better known as

        Kweisi Mfume, an adopted African name that means "Conquering

        Son of Kings," he will be elected a congressman from

        Maryland's 7th District in 1986.   He will later leave the

        Congress to become the head of the NAACP.


1964 - Kenneth David Kuandda becomes President of Zambia as Zambia

        (Northern Rhodesia) gains independence from Great Britain.


1972 - Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robiinson joins the ancestors at the

        age of 53 in Stamford, Connecticut.





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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