******* Today in Black History – September 26, 2016 *******
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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