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1787 - Prince Hall forms African Lodge 459, the first African

        American Masonic Lodge in the United States.

 

1794 - Haiti, under Toussaint L'Ouverture, revolts against France.

 

1812 - Martin R. Delany is born free in Charlestown, Virginia. He

        is considered to be the grandfather of Black nationalism.

        He will also be one of the first three blacks admitted to

        Harvard Medical School. Trained as an assistant and a

        physician, he will treat patients during the cholera

        epidemics of 1833 and 1854 in Pittsburgh, when many doctors

        and residents flee the city. He will work alongside

        Frederick Douglass to publish the North Star. Active in

        recruiting blacks for the United States Colored Troops, he

        will be commissioned as a major, the first African American

        field officer in the United States Army during the American

        Civil War. After the Civil War, he will work for the

        Freedmen's Bureau in the South, settling in South Carolina,

        where he will become politically active. He will run

        unsuccessfully for Lieutenant Governor and will be appointed

        a Trial Judge. He will also be a noted author, explorer, and

        a newspaper editor. He will join the ancestors on January 24,

        1885.

 

1930 - Noted actor Charles Gilpin joins the ancestors. The founder

        and manager of the Lafayette Theatre Company, one of the

        earliest African American stock companies in New York,

        Gilpin achieved fame for his performance as Brutus Jones

        in Eugene O'Neill's play "The Emperor Jones."  In 1921, he

        won the NAACP's Spingarn Medal in recognition of his

        theatrical career.

 

1931 - Willie Mays is born in Westfield, Alabama.  He will become a

        professional baseball player at the age of 16, for the

        Birmingham Black Barons.  After graduating from high school,

        he will be signed by the New York Giants.  His 7095 putouts

        will be the all-time record for an outfielder.  His career

        batting average will be .302.  For eight consecutive years,

        he will drive in more than 100 runs a year, and his 660 home

        runs will put him in third place for the all-time home run

        record.  He will win the Gold Glove Award 12 times. He will

        be voted Most Valuable Player in the National League in

        both 1954 and 1965. He will be inducted into the Baseball

        Hall of Fame in 1979.

 

1960 - The Civil Rights Act of 1960 is signed by President

        Eisenhower. The act acknowledges the federal government's

        responsibility in matters involving civil rights and

        reverses its customary "hands-off" policy.

 

1967 - Four hundred students seize the administration building at

        Cheyney State College.

 

 

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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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