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1864 - Saint Francis Xavier Church in Baltimore, Maryland is dedicated.

        It is the first exclusively African American parish in the

        United States.


1895 - The North Carolina Legislature adjourns for the day to mark the

        death of Frederick Douglass.


1895 - William Henry Harrison Heard, African Methodist Episcopal minister

        & educator, is named Minister Resident and Consul General to

        Liberia by President Grover Cleveland. He will serve until 1898.


1933 - Eunice Waymon (Nina Simone) is born in Tryon, North Carolina.

        She will begin her entertaining career in 1954 and bolstered

        by critical praise for her 1959 recording of "I  Loves You,

        Porgy," she will tour in the U.S. and Europe during the 1960's

        and early 1970's. Returning to the concert stage and recording

        studio in 1977, she will be called the "High Priestess of Soul."

        She will record rarely in the 1970's and 1980's, but will

        experience a career comeback in the United States with her 1993

        album release, "A Single Woman." She will join the ancestors in

        Carry-le-Rouet (South of France) on April 21, 2003. As she wished,

        her ashes will be spread in different African countries.


1936 - Barbara Jordan is born in Houston, Texas. The first African

        American state senator in the Texas legislature since 1883

        and a three-term congresswoman, she will play a key role in

        the 1974 Watergate hearings. In 1976, she will be the first

        woman and first African American to make a keynote speech

        before the Democratic National Convention. She will join the

        ancestors on January 17, 1996 in Austin, Texas.


1940 - John Lewis is born in Troy, Alabama. He will become founder

        and chairman of SNCC, organizer of the Selma-to-Montgomery

        March in 1965, executive  director of the Voter Education

        Project, and congressman from Georgia's 5th District. Lewis'

        power will continue to be felt when he is named Democratic

        deputy whip by Speaker of the House Thomas S. Foley in 1991.


1965 - El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) joins the ancestors after

        being assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem at the

        age of 39. He was best known for his doctrine of

        self-determination for African American people, including

        their right to fight for their rights and protect themselves

        in a hostile America by "whatever means necessary."


1976 - Florence Ballard, one of the original Supremes, joins the

        ancestors in Detroit, Michigan, at the age of 32. Ballard

        had said that she never received a royalty check prior to

        1967 for any of her work with the Supremes, who featured

        Diana Ross and included Mary Wilson.


1982 - "Ain't Misbehavin'" closes at the Longacre Theater in New York

        City after 1,604 performances.


1998 - Julian Bond, civil rights leader from the 1960's, former

        Georgia state legislator, and college professor, becomes the

        new chairperson of the NAACP.




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

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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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