Friday, April 1, 2011

Today In Black History

1867*
Blacks voted in municipal election in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Military officials set aside the election pending clarification on electoral procedures.



1905*
Today is the birthday of Clara McBride Hale in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
Hale founded Hale House, a home for infant children of drug addicts located in Harlem, NY.



1917*
Scott Joplin dies in New York City.
Joplin was one of the early developers of ragtime and the author of "Maple Leaf Rag". He also created several rag-time and grand operas, the most noteworthy was "Treemonisha".



1929*
Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Atlanta University (Clark Atlanta University) affiliated, creating a new Atlanta University.  John Hope of Morehouse College, was named president.



1930*
Zawditu
The first reigning female monarch of Ethiopia, dies.



1951*
Oscar Micheaux, film producer, dies



1966*
Through the 24th, First world festival of Black art held in Dakar, Senegal. One of the largest delegations came from Black America.



1984*
Marvin Gaye dies in his parents Los Angeles home. 
Marvin attacked his father for verbally abusing his mother. 
His father responded by shooting his son to death. 
Since his death, the power and reach of Marvin’s music has increased.

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