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1938 - Ronald Milner is born in Detroit, Michigaan. He will become

        trained as a writer and will exhibit his skills as a

        playwright when he produces his first play , "Who's Got

        His Own" on Broadway in 1966. In 1969, he will help start

        "The Black Theater Movement," which will promote plays in

        which African Americans could represent their lives on

        stage. His works will include "What The Wine-Sellers Buy,"

        "Jazz Set," "Don't Get God Started," and "Checkmates." He

        will join the ancestors on July 16, 2004.


1944 - Maurice Bishop is born in Aruba and will be raised in

        Grenada. While attending college in England during the

        early 1960s, he will become involved in the Black Power

        Movement and be heavily influenced by Malcolm X, Martin

        Luther King, Jr. Kwame Nkrumah, and Walter Rodney, the

        Guyanese activist. After returning to Grenada in 1970, he

        will cofound a political organization, "Movement for

        Assemblies of the People." This organization will later

        merge with another political group, forming the "New Jewel

        Movement." After constant conflict with, and harassment by,

        Grenada's ruling regime, Bishop will become the minority

        leader in the Grenadian government in 1976. In 1979, Bishop

        will become the Prime Minister after leading a bloodless

        coup. He will develop close ties with Castro's Cuba and

        will obtain government funding from Cuba and the Soviet

        Union. These relationships will cause the United States to

        impose sanctions against Grenada which led to internal

        turmoil in the Grenadian ruling party. After a party split,

        Bishop and his primary supporters will join the ancestors

        after being executed on October 19, 1983. Using this event

        as an excuse to involve themselves in the politics of the

        region, the United States will invade Grenada and keep a

        "peacekeeping" mission on the island until 1985.     


1950 - Maureen "Rebbie" Jackson is born in Gary, Indiana.  Rebbie

        will make her professional debut at the MGM Grand in Las

        Vegas with her siblings, the Jackson's.  In the late 70s,

        she will begin to consider a solo career.  Artists such as

        Betty Wright and Wanda Hutchinson of the Emotions will

        mentor her, but it will be her brother Michael who pens

        and produces her very first hit, "Centipede."  As the

        title track of Rebbie's 1984 debut, "Centipede," introduces

        the pop world to a Jackson most never knew existed.         


1956 - La Toya Jacksonn is born in Gary, Indiana.  She will become a

        singer and one of the most controversial members of the

        Jackson family.  She will be referred to as "The Rebel With

        A Cause." She will cause a big stir, when she poses for

        Playboy Magazine. Her book, "La Toya: Growing Up in the

        Jackson Family," will be on the New York Times Best Seller

        List for nine weeks.  She will attract full capacity

        audiences in her performances all over the world.


1962 - Buck (John) O'Neil becomes the first Afriican American coach

        in major-league baseball.  He accepts the job with the

        Chicago Cubs.  O'Neil had previously been a scout with the

        Cubs organization. He had been a notable first baseman in

        Black baseball.


1965 - Ralph Boston sets a world record in the bbroad jump at 27

        feet, 4-3/4 inches, at a meet held in Modesto, California.


1969 - Artist and art educator James V. Herring joins the ancestors

        in Washington, DC.  Herring organized the first American

        art gallery to be directed and controlled by African

        Americans on the Howard University campus in 1930, founded

        and directed the university's art department and, with

        Alonzo Aden, opened the famed Barnett-Aden Gallery in

        Washington, DC, in 1943.


1973 - Tom Bradley is elected the first African American mayor of

        Los Angeles, California.  Winning after a bitter defeat

        four years earlier by incumbent mayor Sam Yorty, Bradley,

        a Texas native and former Los Angeles Police Department

        veteran, will serve an unprecedented five terms.


1980 - Vernon E. Jordan Jr., President of the Naational Urban League,

        is critically injured in an attempted assassination in Fort

        Wayne, Indiana.


1999 - Olusegun Obasanjo becomes Nigeria's firstt civilian president

        in 15 years, after a series of military regimes.


2003 - Wallace Terry joins the ancestors at the age of 65 after

        succumbing to inflammation of blood vessels. He was a

        journalist and author of "Bloods: An Oral History of the

        Vietnam War by Black Veterans."




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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