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1862 - President Lincoln receives the first group of African

        Americans to confer with a U.S. president on a matter of

        public policy. He urges African Americans to emigrate to

        Africa or Central America and is bitterly criticized by

        northern African Americans.


1876 - Prairie View State University is founded.


1883 - Ernest Everett Just is born in Charleston, South Carolina.

        After graduating magna cum laude from Dartmouth College

        in 1907, he will become a teacher at Howard University.

        He will spend summers working as a research assistant at

        the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole,

        Massachusetts. He will receive his Ph.D. from the

        University of Chicago in 1916. He will become a noted

        marine biologist and the head of the physiology

        department at Howard. He will be awarded the NAACP's

        first Spingarn Medal (1915) for his research in biology.

        In his early days at Howard University, he will be one

        of the founders of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and faculty

        advisor. He will join the ancestors on October 27, 1941.


1908 - A race riot occurs in Springfield Illinois and will last

        for five days. Army troops are called out. This riot

        will stir the conscience of American civil rights leaders

        and will lead to the founding of the NAACP.


1929 - Richard "Dick Tiger" Ihetu is born in Nkwerre Orlu, Imo

        State, Nigeria. He will become a professional boxer and a

        world champion middleweight from 1962-63 and 1964. He

        will be the world lightweight champion from 1965 to 1968.

        He will join the ancestors on December 14, 1971 after

        succumbing to liver cancer. He will be inducted into the

        International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991.


1938 - Niara Sudarkasa is born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She

        will be an anthropologist and groundbreaking educator,

        becoming the first African American professor to receive

        tenure at the University of Michigan, and the first woman

        president of Lincoln University, a traditionally male

        African American college. She will be the Distinguished

        Scholar-in-Residence at the African American Research

        Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,

        and will sit on the board of directors for several

        organizations including the Academy for Educational



1946 - Larry Graham is born in Beaumont. Texas. He will become a

        musician (bassist) and singer. He will perform with Sly

        and the Family Stone and Graham Central Station.  He will

        leave Graham Central Station, start a solo career, and

        will be known for his songs, "One in a Million" and "I

        Never Forgot Your Eyes."


1946 - Antonio Juan Fargas is born in the Bronx in New York City. 

        He will become an actor and will be best known for his role

        as "Huggy Bear" in the TV series, "Starsky & Hutch."


1956 - Jackee Harry is born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 

        She will become an actress and will star as "Sandra" in

        the television series "227" and the adoptive mother of

        one of a pair of twins in the television series "Sister,



1959 - Earvin Johnson is born in Lansing, Michigan.  Better known

        as "Magic," he will lead Michigan State University to the

        NCAA championship in 1979. After two years of college, he

        will enter the NBA and be picked first in the draft by the

        Los Angeles Lakers. He will become one of the best point

        guards in NBA history. After retiring from basketball, he

        will concentrate on his business ventures and will have

        success developing stadium-style movie theaters in inner

        city underserved areas.


1968 - Halle Maria Berry is born in Cleveland, Ohio. She will

        become Miss World USA in 1986 and will have a successful

        acting career, starring in the mini-series "Queen" and the

        movie "Boomerang." In 2002, she will win the Best Actress

        Oscar for her role in "Monster's Ball."


1970 - City University of New York (CUNY) inaugurates its open

        admissions policy designed to increase the number of poor

        and minority students.


1971 - Bob Gibson, of the St. Louis Cardinals, pitches a no-hitter

        against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It is the first no-hitter

        against the Pirates since 1955.


1992 - The White House announces that the Pentagon will begin

        emergency airlifts of food to Somalia to alleviate mass

        deaths by starvation.


2010 - Abbey Lincoln (born Anna Marie Wooldridge), renown jazz

        vocalist, songwriter and actress, joins the ancestors in

        Manhattan, New York. She had been suffering deteriorating

        health for years following open heart surgery in 2007.




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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