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1854 - John VanSurley deGrasse, M.D., who received his medical

        degree from Bowdoin College in 1849, becomes a member of

        the Massachusetts Medical Society, a first for an African



1854 - National Emigration Convention meets in Cleveland with one

        hundred delegates. William C. Munroe of Michigan is

        elected president.


1937 - Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola is born in Abeokuta,

        Nigeria. He will a member of a very poor household of

        Yoruba-speaking Muslims. He will attend the Islamic Nawar

        Ud-Deen School and the Christian-run African Central

        School. After graduating from the Baptist Boys' High

        School, he will work as a bank clerk and a civil servant.

        He will go on to win a scholarship to Glasgow University

        to study accounting. He will graduate with several awards

        in 1965. He will return to Nigeria and will work for

        major firms before launching his own company, Radio

        Communications of Nigeria, in 1974. He will accumulate

        great wealth in a short period of time. His business

        interests will span 60 countries and include firms engaged

        in banking, shipping, oil prospecting, agriculture,

        publishing, air transportation, and entertainment. His

        Nigerian companies alone will employ close to 20,000

        workers. He will oppose the Nigerian military

        dictatorship and on June 12, 1993, will       be elected

        president in a long awaited presidential election, only to

        have the election results nullified by the country's

        military leader. When Abiola announces a year later that

        he is the country's legitimate leader, he will be

        imprisoned by the current dictator, General Sani Abacha. 

        After Abacha joins the ancestors suddenly in 1998,

        attempts were made to free Abiola, but he will also join

        the ancestors on July 7, 1998, before his freedom becomes

        a reality. His death will cause violence to occur and spur

        anti-government anger throughout the country.


1965 - Reginald Wayne 'Reggie' Miller is born in Riverside,

        California. He will become a professional basketball

        player and play his entire 18-year National Basketball

        Association (NBA) career with the Indiana Pacers. He will

        be known for his precision three-point shooting, especially

        in pressure situations and most notably against the New

        York Knicks, for which he will earn the nickname "Knick

        Killer". When he retires, he will hold the record for most

        career 3-point field goals made. He is currently second on

        the list behind Ray Allen. A five-time All-Star selection,

        he will lead the league in free throw accuracy five times

        and win a gold medal in the 1996 Summer Olympics. The

        Pacers will retire his jersey, No. 31, in 2006, and name

        him to their 40th anniversary team in 2007. Currently, he

        works as an NBA commentator for TNT. On September 7, 2012,

        he will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball

        Hall of Fame.


1967 - Amanda Randolph joins the ancestors at the age of 65. sShe

        had been an actress and was best known for her roles on

        the Danny Thomas Show and television's Amos 'n' Andy



1987 - Bayard Rustin, longtime civil rights activist, early

        Freedom Rider, and a key organizer of the 1963 March on

        Washington, joins the ancestors in New York City. A

        Quaker, Rustin was best known as a civil rights advocate,

        first as one of the founders of the Congress for Racial

        Equality (CORE), then as a key advisor to a young Dr.

        Martin Luther King, Jr.





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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