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1870 - Jonathan S. Wright becomes the first African American State

        Supreme Court Justice in South Carolina.


1925 - Sculptor Edward N. Wilson, Jr. is born in Baltimore,

        Maryland.  He will study at the University of Iowa,

        receive sculpture awards from the Carnegie Foundation,

        Howard University and the State University of New York, and

        will have his work shown at "Two Centuries of Black

        American Art," and other exhibitions. Among his major works

        will be "Cybele." His stainless steel and bronze Portrait

        of Ralph Ellison (1974-1975, Ralph Ellison Library,

        Oklahoma) commemorates the author of "The Invisible Man"

        (1952), who will inspire him during the civil rights

        movement. He will join the ancestors on November 26, 1996

        in Vestal, New York.


1939 - The Renaissance (Big 5) becomes the first African American

        team on record to win a professional world championship



1958 - William Christopher (W.C.) Handy joins the ancestors in New

        York City at the age of 85. In the same year, the movie of

        his life, "St. Louis Blues" is released, starring Nat King

        Cole as Handy.


1966 - Bill Russell is named head coach of the Boston Celtics and

        becomes the first African American to coach an NBA team.


1984 - Educator and civil rights activist Benjamin Mays joins the

        ancestors in Atlanta, Georgia.  Mays had served as dean of

        the School of Religion at Howard University and president of

        Morehouse College, where he served as the mentor to the

        young Martin Luther King, Jr.


1990 - Michael Jordan scores 69 points in a NBA game.  This the 4th

        time he scores 60 points or more in a game.


1990 - President Bush posthumously awards the Congressional Gold

        Medal to Jesse Owens and presents it to his widow ten years

        after he joins the ancestors. In 1936, Jesse Owens won four

        Olympic Track and Field gold medals in a single day in

        Berlin. The 1936 Berlin Olympics, the last Olympic Games

        before the outbreak of WWII, were hosted by the Nazi

        Germans, who intended the event as a showcase of their

        racist theories of the superiority of the "Aryan" race. 

        But a 23-year-old African American named Jesse Owens

        shattered their plans, along with several world records,

        when he dashed to victory in the 100-meter and 200-meter

        sprints, anchored the victorious 400-meter relay team, and

        won the broad jump. President George Bush adds the

        Congressional Gold Medal to Owens's collection. Congress had

        voted the award in recognition of Owens's humanitarian

        contributions.  After his athletic career, he had devoted

        his energy and his name to organizations providing

        opportunities to underprivileged youth.





The source for these facts are "Encyclopedia Britannica,

"InfoBeat," "I, Too, Sing America - The African American

Book of Days," "Before the Mayflower", "Black Firsts" and 

independent research by Rene’ A. Perry.




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