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1831 - Richard Allen joins the ancestors at the age of 71.  He had been

        nominated by author Vernon Loggins for the title, "Father of

        the Negro."


1872 - Thomas J. Martin is awarded a patent for the fire extinguisher.


1910 - William H. Lewis is appointed assistant attorney general of the

        United States.


1937 - William Hastie is appointed to a federal judgeship in the Virgin

        Islands. With the appointment, Hastie becomes the first African

        American to serve on the federal bench in the U.S. or its

        territories. Judge Hastie will serve on the bench for two years

        then become dean and professor of law at Howard University in

        Washington DC.


1944 - Diana Ross is born in Detroit, Michigan.  Ross, with Mary Wilson

        and Florence Ballard, will form the Supremes in 1961 and have

        15 consecutive smash-hit singles with the group.  Ross will

        also pursue an acting career in such movies as "Lady Sings the

        Blues" and receive a Tony Award for her Broadway show, "An

        Evening with Diana Ross."  Both with the Supremes and as a solo

        artist, she will have more number-one records than any other

        artist in the history of the charts.


1950 - Theodore Pendergrass is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He

        will become a lead singer for Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes

        in 1970 and will pursue an active solo career in 1976. His solo

        career will later be temporarily interrupted by an auto

        accident that will leave him paralyzed from the chest down. His

        debut album, "Teddy Pendergrass (1977)," struck Platinum, as

        did the next four albums - "Life Is A Song Worth Singing,"

        "Teddy," "Teddy Live" and "T.P." Other releases include "Love

        Language," "Working It Back" and "Joy." He will be nominated

        for a Grammy more than three times and be the holder of a 1980

        "Best Rhythm & Blues Artist" award from Billboard Magazine. The

        Philadelphia Music Foundation will honor him with a

        Philadelphia Music Award for "Best Urban Album" in 1989. He will

        join the ancestors on January 13, 2010 after succumbing to colon



1984 - Ahmed Sekou Toure' joins the ancestors in a hospital in

        Cleveland, Ohio.  He was the country of Guinea's first

        president and a well-known political figure throughout Africa.


1991 - The Reverend Emanuel Cleaver becomes the first African American

        mayor of Kansas City, Missouri.  At this time, Kansas City is

        seventy percent white, but he will win the election with 53

        percent of the vote, while his opponent receives forty-seven



1992 - A judge in Indianapolis sentences former heavyweight boxing

        champion Mike Tyson to six years in prison for raping a Miss

        Black America contestant.


1995 - Former diplomat-turned-radio talk show host Alan Keyes enters the

        race for the Republican presidential nomination.


1998 - President Clinton stands with President Nelson Mandela in a

        racially integrated South African parliament to salute a country

        that was "truly free and democratic at last."





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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