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1861 - The Secretary of the Navy authorizes the enlistment of

        African Americans in the Union Navy. The enlistees could

        achieve no rank higher than "boys" and receive pay of

        one ration per day and $10 per month.


1886 - Peter "The Black Prince" Jackson wins the Australian

        heavyweight title, becoming the very first man of

        African descent to win a national boxing crown.


1911 - Eric Eustace Williams is born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and

        Tobago. He will be educated at Queen's Royal College in Port

        of Spain, where he will excel at academics and football. He

        will win an island scholarship in 1932, allowing him to

        attend St Catherine's Society, Oxford (which will subsequently

        become St Catherine's College, Oxford). In 1935, he will

        receive first-class honours for his B.A in history, and be

        ranked in first place among University of Oxford students

        graduating in History in 1935. He will also represent the

        university in football. In 1938 he will obtain his doctorate

        from Oxford. His doctoral thesis will be titled "The Economic

        Aspects of the Abolition of the Slave Trade and West Indian

        Slavery," and published as "Capitalism and Slavery" in 1944.

        On January 15, 1956, he will inaugurate his own political

        party, the People's National Movement (PNM), which will take

        Trinidad and Tobago into independence in 1962, and dominate

        its post-colonial politics. He will serve as the first Prime

        Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. He will serve in that office

        from 1962 until his transition in 1981. He will be known as a

        noted Caribbean historian, and be widely regarded as "The

        Father of The Nation." He will join the ancestors on March 29,



1924 - In a letter to his friend Alain Locke, Langston Hughes

        writes "I've done a couple of new poems. I have no more

        paper, so I'm sending you one on the back of this

        letter."  The poem, "I, Too", will be published two years

        later and be among his most famous.


1951 - Robert Allen "Bob" McAdoo, Jr. is born in Greensboro, North

        Carolina. He will become a one of the best-shooting big

        men of all time in professional basketball. He will win

        Rookie of the Year, a Most Valuable Player Award and three

        consecutive scoring championships, all in his first four

        years in the NBA. Over fourteen seasons, He will score

        18,787 points and average 22.1 point per game. A five-time

        NBA All Star, he will shoot .503 from the field and .754

        from the line, scoring in double figures in all but one

        season. He will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial

        Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000 and the College Basketball

        Hall of Fame in 2006.


1957 - With 300 U.S. Army troops standing guard, nine African

        American children forced to withdraw the previous day

        from Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas,

        because of unruly white crowds, are escorted to back to



1962 - Sonny Liston knocks out Floyd Patterson in the first round

        to become the world heavyweight boxing champion.


1962 - An African American church is destroyed by fire in Macon,

        Georgia. This is the eighth African American church

        burned in Georgia in one month.


1962 - Governor Ross Barnett again defies court orders and

        personally denies James Meredith admission to the

        University of Mississippi.


1965 - Willie Mays hits his fiftieth home run of the baseball

        season, making him the oldest player to accomplish this. 

        He was 34 years old.  Ten years before this, at the age

        of 24, he was the youngest man to accomplish the same



1965 - Scottie Maurice Pippen is born in Hamburg, Arkansas. He

        will become a professional basketball player and will be

        traded to the Houston Rockets in 1998 after 11

        distinguished seasons with the Chicago Bulls, for whom he

        averaged 18.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 833

        NBA games. He will earn All-NBA First Team honors three

        times in his career and        All-Defensive First Team honors in

        each of seven seasons (1992-1999). In addition, he will

        earn NBA World Championships in six of the eight years and

        Olympic gold medals in 1992 and 1996. He will be selected

        as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.

        He will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball

        Hall of Fame on August 13, 2010.


1968 - Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. is born in Philadelphia,

        Pennsylvania.  He will become a rapper at the age of 12 and

        will be known for his hits "Nightmare on My Street" and

        "Parents Just Don't Understand." In 1990, he will start his

        acting career with a six-year run as the "Fresh Prince of

        Bel Air." He will go to become a major motion picture box

        office attraction, starring in "Six Degrees of Separation,"

        "Made in America," "Independence Day," "Men In Black," and

        "Wild, Wild West."


1974 - Barbara W. Hancock is the first African American woman

        to be named a White House Fellow.


1988 - Florence Griffith Joyner runs 100 meters in record

        Olympic time of 10.54 seconds.


1991 - Pioneer filmmaker Spencer Williams's 1942 movie "Blood

        of Jesus," a story of the African American religious

        experience, is among the third group of twenty-five

        films added to the Library of Congress's National Film

        Registry. Williams, best known for his role of Andy in

        the television series "Amos 'n' Andy", was more

        importantly, an innovative film director and a

        contemporary of Oscar Micheaux. Williams's film joins

        other classics like "Lawrence of Arabia" and "2001: A

        Space Odyssey".





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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