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1862 - The Secretary of War authorizes General Rufus Saxton to

        arm up to five thousand slaves.


1886 - Some six hundred delegates organize the American National

        Baptist Convention at a St. Louis meeting.   Rev.

        William J. Simmons is elected president.


1886 - Kentucky State College (now University), chartered in May,

        1886 as the State Normal School for Colored Persons and

        only the second state-supported institution of higher

        learning in Kentucky, is founded in Frankfort, Kentucky.

        It will become a land grant college in 1890.


1925 - A. Phillip Randolph organizes the Sleeping Car Porters'

        Union (Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters) at a mass

        meeting in the Elks' Hall in Harlem. He is elected



1927 - Althea Gibson is born in Silver, South Carolina. She will

        grow up to be a pioneer in the field of tennis, becoming

        the first African American to play tennis at the U.S.

        Open in 1950 and at Wimbledon the following year.  In

        1957, she will win the singles and doubles titles at

        Wimbledon, another first for an African American. In 1964,

        she will become the first African American woman to play

        in the Ladies Professional Golf Association. However, she

        will be too old to be successful and only play for a few

        years. In 1971, she will be inducted into the

        International Tennis Hall of Fame, and in 1975, she will

        be appointed the New Jersey state commissioner of

        athletics. After 10 years on the job, she will go on to

        work in other public service positions, including serving

        on the governor's council on physical fitness. She will

        join the ancestors on September 28, 2003.


1950 - Sugar Ray Robinson knocks out Jose Basora to retain the

        Pennsylvania Middleweight Title.


1964 - Blair Underwood is born in Tacoma, Washington. He will

        become an actor and will star in "Downtown," and will be

        best known for his role as  "L.A. Law's" Jonathan Rollins.


1965 - James M. Nabrit Jr.  is named ambassador and assigned to

        the United Nations' delegation.


1991 - African Americans receive seven Emmy awards, a record

        number up to that time.




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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