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1847 - Archibald Henry Grimke' is born into slavery on a

        plantation near Charleston, South Carolina.  His white

        father, Henry Grimke', was of the famous Grimke' family

        which included abolitionist sisters Sarah and Angelina. 

        After being freed in 1852, Archibald will have a

        distinguished career as a lawyer (Harvard Law, 1874),

        political delegate, newspaper publisher ("The Hub" in

        Boston), and author. He will join the ancestors on

        February 25, 1930.


1887 - Marcus Mosiah Garvey is born in St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica. 

        He will become a charismatic black nationalist and

        founder of the UNIA, an organization dedicated to

        education, racial pride, and African development.  He

        will also found the Black Star Line, an African American

        owned steamship company established to link new-world

        Blacks with their African motherland.  Garvey and several

        associates will be railroaded by the U.S. government for

        "mail fraud" in connection with the sale of Black Star

        stock.  Garvey will be convicted and serve five years in

        federal prison. The U.S. government trumps up these

        charges against Marcus Garvey because he was a threat to

        the status quo of the "Negro people" of America. That is

        why he is deported instead of being forced to serve his

        complete sentence here. The U.S. government simply wanted

        to get rid of him. He will join the ancestors on June 10,

        1940 in London, England.


1920 - Isaiah Boyd Perry is born in Money Point (Norfolk), Virginia.

        He will grow up in Hampton, Virginia and will become the

        first faculty member of Hampton Institute to graduate from

        the Hampton Institute Laboratory High School (George P.

        Phenix), graduate from the Hampton Institute Trade School,

        graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree, and a Master of

        Science Degree and join the "Quarter of the Century Club"

        as a faculty member with twenty five years of service. He

        will join the ancestors in 1971.


1931 - A'Lelia Walker Robinson joins the ancestors and residents of

        Harlem and New York City mourn her death. The daughter of

        Madame C.J. Walker, she had distinguished herself as hostess

        of the "Dark Tower" on Harlem's West 136th Street, a meeting

        place for Harlem Renaissance poets, philosophers, and

        artists such as W.E.B. DuBois, Langston Hughes, and Aaron

        Douglas, as well as European nobility and members of New

        York's social register.


1939 - Luther Allison is born in Widener, Arkansas. He will become

        a blues guitarist.  Allison will spend his formative musical

        years in Chicago jamming with the West Side's best,

        including Magic Sam, Otis Rush, and Freddie King. His first

        recording, "Love Me Mama" (Delmark, 1969), is considered a

        blues classic. Allison will come to national prominence

        with blistering performances at the 1969 and 1970 Ann Arbor

        Blues Festivals, wowing young rock fans with his scorching

        guitar solos and soulful vocals. He will become the first

        blues act to sign with Motown Records in 1971, subsequently

        releasing three records for the label.  He will tour

        nationally throughout the 1970s before relocating to Paris

        in the early 1980s where he will continue to release albums

        (many issued only in Europe) and tour incessantly,

        eventually becoming a European blues superstar. He will join

        the ancestors on August 12, 1997.


1960 - Gabon declares its independence from France.


1984 - Roberto Clemente becomes the second baseball player to be

        featured on a U.S. postage stamp.


1988 - Butch Reynolds of the United States sets the 400 meter

        record (43.29) in Zurich, Switzerland.


1990 - Pearl Bailey, Broadway actress and singer, joins the

        ancestors at the age of 72 after succumbing to a heart

        attack in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.




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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