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1654 - Richard Johnson, a free African Americcan, is granted 550

        acres in Northampton County, Virginia.


1784 - James Armistead is cited by French Genneral Lafayette for

        his valuable service to the American forces in the

        Revolutionary War. Armistead, who was born into slavery

        24 years earlier, had worked as a double agent for the

        Americans while supposedly employed as a servant of

        British General Cornwallis.


1865 - Shaw University is founded in Raleigh,, North Carolina.


1893 - Granville T. Woods, inventor, receivess a patent for the

        "Electric Railway Conduit."


1904 - Coleman Randolph Hawkins is born in Stt. Joseph, Missouri. He

        will be one of the first prominent jazz musicians on the

        tenor saxophone even though the instrument was not an

        acknowledged jazz horn. While he is strongly associated with

        the swing music and big band era, he will have a role in the

        development of bebop in the 1940s. He will join the ancestors

        on May 19, 1969.


1918 - Henry B. Delany is elected saffragan bishop of the

        Protestant Episcopal diocese of North Carolina.


1944 - Vernon Earl "The Pearl" Monrroe is born in Philadelphia,

        Pennsylvania. He will become a professional basketball player

        and will play for two teams, the Baltimore Bullets and the

        New York Knicks, during his career in the National Basketball

        Association (NBA). Both teams will retire his number. A four-

        time NBA All-Star, he will retire after the 1980 season due to

        serious knee injuries, which had plagued him throughout his

        career. He will play 926 NBA career games, score 17,454 total

        points (18.8 ppg) and dish out 3,594 assists. In 1990, he will

        be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

        He will be named one of the 50 players on the NBA 50th

        Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996.


1984 - TransAfrica's Randall Robinson, DC congressional delegate

        Walter Fauntroy, and U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Mary

        Frances Berry are arrested at a sit-in demonstration in

        front of the South African Embassy in Washington, DC. 

        Their demonstration against apartheid will be repeated and

        spread to New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other

        cities, and involve such notables as Jesse Jackson, Arthur

        Ashe, Harry Belafonte, and Stevie Wonder. Their efforts

        will play a large part in the passage of the Anti-Apartheid

        Act of 1986, which will impose economic sanctions against

        South Africa.




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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