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1864 - Maggie Lena Mitchell (later Walker) is born in Richmond,

        Virginia. She will become a noted businesswoman, civil

        leader, and founder and president of Saint Luke Penny

        Savings Bank. As a result, she will be the first woman

        bank president of any race to charter a bank in the United

        States. As a leader, she will achieve successes with the

        vision to make tangible improvements in the way of life

        for African Americans and women. Disabled by paralysis and

        limited to a wheelchair later in life, she will also

        become an example for people with disabilities. The

        National Park Service will operate the Maggie L. Walker

        Historical Site at her former Jackson Ward home. In 1978,

        the house will be designated a National Historic Site and

        be opened as a museum in 1985. The site will state that it

        "commemorates the life of a progressive and talented

        African American woman. She achieved success in the world

        of business and finance as the first black woman in the

        United States to charter and serve as president of a bank,

        despite the many adversities. The site includes a visitor

        center detailing her life and the Jackson Ward community

        in which she lived and worked and her residence of thirty

        years. The house is restored to its 1930's appearance with

        original Walker family pieces." The St. Luke Building will

        hold the offices of the Independent Order of St. Luke, and

        the office of Maggie L. Walker. The office will be

        preserved as it was at the time of her transition. She will

        join the ancestors on December 15, 1934. The building will

        be listed on the National Register of Historic Places in



1907 - The People's Savings Bank is incorporated in Philadelphia,

        Pennsylvania. Founded by former African American

        congressman George H. White, of North Carolina, the bank

        will help hundreds of African Americans buy homes and

        start businesses until the illness of its founder forces

        its closure in 1918.


1937 - Bessie Smith joins the ancestors in Clarksville,

        Mississippi, after succumbing to injuries sustained in

        a automobile accident. She was one of the nation's

        greatest blues singers and was nicknamed "the Empress of

        the Blues." In 1925, Smith and Louis Armstrong made the

        definitive rendition of W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues,"

        and in 1929 she made her only movie appearance in the

        movie of the same name.


1947 - Lucius Oliver Allen, Jr. is born in Kansas City, Kansas. He

        will become a professional basketball player. Prior to his

        NBA career, he will be part of one of John Wooden's

        legendary UCLA teams. He will be drafted by the Seattle

        SuperSonics in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 1969 NBA

        Draft and will retire in 1979. He will play 10 years in the

        NBA for four different teams. His highest scoring average

        will be when he averages 19.5 points per game during the

        1974-1975 season. He will be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers

        mid-season after playing for the Milwaukee Bucks since 1970.

        During his playing days, he will be often referred to by

        former Bucks announcer Eddie Doucette as "jack rabbit" due to

        of his speed and jumping ability. He will be inducted into

        the Pac-12 Conference men's basketball Hall of Honor on March

        16, 2013. After finishing his storied basketball career which

        will include a high school state championship, college national

        championship, and an NBA championship, he will turn his

        attention to coaching aspiring players in the Los Angeles area.


1957 - The order alerting regular army units for possible riot

        duty in other Southern cities is cancelled by Army

        Secretary Wilbur M. Brucker.


1962 - A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., becomes the first African

        American member of the Federal Trade Commission.  It is

        one of the Trenton, New Jersey, native's many

        accomplishments, including appointment as a federal

        district judge and U.S. Circuit Judge of the Third



1962 - Los Angeles Dodger Maury Wills becomes the 1st baseball

        player to steal 100 bases (will go on to steal 104).


1962 - Mississippi bars James Meredith for the third time. Lt.

        Gov. Paul Johnson and a blockade of state patrolmen turn

        back Meredith and federal marshals about four hundred

        yards from the gate of the school.


1968 - The Studio Museum of Harlem opens in New York City. 

        Conceived by Frank Donnelly and Carter Burden, the

        Studio Museum will become an influential venue for

        exhibitions of African American artists in all media.


1968 - St. Louis Cardinals' Bob Gibson's completes his 13th

        shutout, and ends the season with a 1.12 ERA.


1994 - Addressing the U.N. General Assembly, President Clinton

        announces that he has lifted most U.S. sanctions against

        Haiti and urges other nations to follow suit.


1994 - Jury selection begins in Los Angeles for the murder trial

        of O.J. Simpson.


1998 - Grammy-winning jazz singer Betty Carter joins the

        ancestors in New York City at age 69.





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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