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1818 - The first African American Episcopal priest ordained in the

        United States, Absalom Jones, joins the ancestors in

        Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He was an instrumental force in

        the development of the early African American church and

        benevolent society movements.


1882 - Henry Highland Garnet, abolitionist, preacher, diplomat and

        protest leader, joins the ancestors in Monrovia, Liberia at

        the age of 66.


1892 - The first African American performers, the  World's Fair

        Colored Opera Company, appear at New  York City's Carnegie

        Hall less than one year after the hall's opening.   In the

        company is concert singer Matilda Sissieretta Jones, who will

        have her solo debut at Carnegie Hall two years later.


1907 - Wendell P. Dabney establishes "The Union."  The Cincinnati,

        Ohio paper's motto is "For no people can become great without

        being united, for in union, there is strength."


1919 - Eddie Robinson is born in Jackson, Louisiana. He will accept

        the head coaching position in 1941, at the Louisiana Negro

        Normal and Industrial Institute in Grambling, Louisiana

        (later named Grambling State University.   Over the next 54

        years, he will become the winningest college football coach. 

        On October 7, 1995, he will win his 400th game, establishing

        a record and securing his status as a legend.  Sports

        Illustrated will place Robinson on the cover of its October

        14, 1995 issue, making him the first and only coach of an

        historically Black university to appear on the cover of any

        major sports publication in the United States. To his credit,

        he will produce 113 NFL players, including four Pro Football

        Hall of Famers. He will join the ancestors on April 3, 2007.


1920 - The National Association of Professional Baseball Clubs is

        founded by Andrew "Rube" Foster.  They will be called the

        Negro National League.  It will become the first successful

        African American professional baseball league.  Two other

        leagues had previously been started, but failed to last more

        than one season.


1923 - The first African American professional basketball team "The 

        Renaissance" is organized by Robert J. Douglas.  It is named

        after its home court, the Renaissance Casino.  They will

        play from 1923 to 1939 and have a record of 1,588 wins

        against 239 losses.  They will become the first African

        American team inducted in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.   


1957 - The Southern Leadership Conference is founded at a meeting of

        ministers in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

        is elected its first president.  Later in the year its name

        will be changed to the Southern Christian Leadership



1976 - General Murtala Mohammed, head of Nigeria, who came to power

        in 1975 after General Gowon is ousted, joins the ancestors

        after being killed in an unsuccessful counter-coup.  His

        chief of staff, General Olusegun Obasanjo, will assume

        Mohammed's post and his promise to hand over political power

        to civilian rule.


1996 - Minister Louis Farrakhan, of the Nation of Islam, visits Iran

        to celebrate its 1979 revolution ousting the Shah.




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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