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1797 - Abolitionist and orator, Sojourner Truth, is born a

        New York slave on the plantation of Johannes

        Hardenberghn in Swartekill, New York.  Her given name

        is Isabella VanWagener (some references use the name

        Isabella Baumfree). She will walk away from her last

        owner one year prior to being freed by a New York law

        in 1827, which proclaimed that all slaves twenty-eight

        years of age and over were to be freed. Several years

        later, in response to what she describes as a command

        from God, she becomes an itinerant preacher and takes

        the name Sojourner Truth. Among her most memorable

        appearances will be at an 1851 women's rights conference

        in Akron, Ohio. In her famous "Ain't I a woman?" speech

        she forcefully attacks the hypocrisies of organized

        religion, white privilege and everything in between.

        She will join the ancestors on November 26, 1883.


1900 - Howard Thurman is born in Daytona Beach, Florida. A

        theologian who will study at Morehouse with Martin L.

        King, Sr., he will found the interracial Church of

        Fellowship of All Peoples. The first African American

        to hold a full-time faculty position at Boston

        University (in 1953), Dr. Thurman will write 22 books

        and become widely regarded as one of the greatest

        spiritual leaders of the 20th century. He will join the

        ancestors on April 10, 1981.


1936 - John Henry Kendricks is born in Detroit, Michigan. He will

        become a prolific songwriter as well as a major rhythm

        and blues singer better known as Hank Ballard. He will

        perform with his group, The Midnighters, and make the

        following songs popular: "There's A Thrill Upon The Hill"

        (Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go), "The Twist"(made famous

        later by Chubby Checker), "Finger Poppin' Time", "Work with

        Me Annie", "Sexy Ways", and "Annie Had a Baby". He will be

        enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. He

        will join the ancestors on March 2, 2003.


1949 - Jackie Robinson, of the Brooklyn Dodgers, is named the

        National League's Most Valuable Player.


1956 - Harold Warren Moon is born in Los Angeles, California. He will

        become a professional football player (Minnesota Vikings,

        Houston Oilers, and Seattle Seahawks quarterback). He will

        also be the first undrafted quarterback and first African

        American quarterback to be elected to the Football Hall

        of Fame in 2006.


1964 - The head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, J. Edgar

        Hoover, describes Martin Luther King as a "most notorious

        liar".  This statement is indicative of the agency head's

        dislike of the civil rights leader.


1969 - The National Association of Health Services Executives is

        incorporated.  NAHSE's goal is to elevate the quality of

        health-care services rendered to poor and disadvantaged



1975 - Calvin Murphy of the Houston Rockets, ends the NBA free throw

        streak at 58 games.


1977 - Robert Edward Chambliss, a former KKK member, is convicted of

        first-degree murder in connection with the 1963 bombing of the

        16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, that killed

        four African American teenage girls.


1978 - The NAACP's Spingarn Medal is presented to Ambassador Andrew J.

        Young "in recognition of the deftness with which he has handled

        relations between this nation and other countries" and "for his

        major role in raising the consciousness of American citizens to

        the significance in world affairs of the massive African continent."


1980 - Wally "Famous" Amos' signature Panama hat and embroidered shirt are

        donated to the National Museum of American History's Business

        Americana collection. It is the first memorabilia added to the

        collection by an African American entrepreneur and recognizes the

        achievement of Amos, who built his company from a mom-and-pop

        enterprise to a $250 million cookie manufacturing business.


1983 - "Sweet Honey in the Rock," a capella singers, perform their 10th

        anniversary reunion concert in Washington, DC.


1994 - Bandleader Cab Calloway joins the ancestors in Hockessin, Delaware, at

        age 86.




The source for these facts are "Encyclopedia Britannica,

"Before the Mayflower", "Black Firsts" and independent

research by Mr. Rene’ A. Perry, Sr.




Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture - located in Harlem, New York City

Black History - Black History Links from the Information Man

Black History - Afro-American Newspapers

National Civil Rights Museum - located in Memphis, Tennessee

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History  - located in Detroit, Michigan

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture - located in Baltimore, Maryland

National Museum of African American History and Culture - located in Washington, DC



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