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1903 - Ella Baker is born in Norfolk, Virginiia. A civil rights

        worker who will direct the New York branch of the NAACP,

        Baker will become executive director of the Southern

        Christian Leadership Conference in the 1960's during

        student integration of lunch counters in the southern

        states. She also will play a key role in the formation

        of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and its

        voter registration drive in Mississippi. She will join

        the ancestors on December 13, 1986 in New York City.


1913 - Archibald Lee Wright is born in Benoitt, Mississippi. 

        Better known as Archie Moore, he will become a boxer and

        win the light heavyweight crown in 1952. He will reign

        as champion until 1959 and again in 1961. His will be one

        of the longest professional careers in the history of

        boxing. He will join the ancestors on December 9, 1998.

        In 2002, he will be posthumously inducted into the St.

        Louis Walk of Fame. In 2006, he will posthumously become

        a California Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee and will be

        named boxing's fourth Ring Magazine Best Punchers of all

        time in 2003. He still holds the record for the most

        career knockouts by any boxer, at 145.


1924 - Lawrence Eugene "Larry" Doby is born in Camden, South

        Carolina. He will become the first African American in

        baseball's American League, playing for the Cleveland

        Indians. He will be the 1954 RBI leader. His career

        statistics include a .283 career average with 253 home

        runs and 970 RBI in 1533 games. He will hit at least 20

        homers in each season from 1949-56, leading the league in

        1952 (32) and 1954 (32), and appearing between the top

        ten leaders in seven seasons (1949, 1951-56). He will hit

        for the cycle (1952), and also lead the league in runs in

        1952 (104), RBI in 1954 (126), on base percentage in 1950

        (.442), slugging average in 1952 (.541), and OPS in 1950

        (.986). He will be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

        in 1998. He will join the ancestors on June 18, 2003 in

        Montclair, New Jersey.


1944 - The first African American women compllete officer training

        for the WAVES (Women's Auxiliary Volunteers for Emergency

        Service). They had been admitted to the corps two months



1958 - Tim Moore, an actor best known for hiss portrayal of

        Kingfish on the Amos 'n' Andy television show, joins the

        ancestors at the age of 70.


1981 - Popular African American comedian Deweey "Pigmeat" Markham

        joins the ancestors after a stroke at the age of 75. He

        became famous in mainstream America, late in his life for

        his "here comes de judge" routine popularized in

        television's "Laugh-In."


1989 - President De Klerk of South Africa meeets with imprisoned

        Nelson Mandela, at de Klerk's office in Cape Town, to talk

        about the end of apartheid.


1997 - Charles Woodson, of the University of Michigan, is awarded

        the Heisman Trophy. He is the first defensive player ever

        to win the coveted prize.




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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