Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Today In Black History

1755*
Jean Baptiste Lislet-Geoffroy, distinguished French geographer, is born.


1786*
Jean-Baptiste Lislet-Geoffrey was the first Black correspondent of the French Academy of Sciences.


1826*


John Brown Russwurm is considered to be the first Black in America to graduate college. Two years after entering Bowdoin College, he received his baccalaureate degree on September 6,1826. A lesser known Black student, Edward Jones graduated just two weeks before on August 23,1826 from Amherst College. Both men received their Masters, John in 1829 and Edward in 1830.


1861*

James Stone, a light skinned fugitive slave passing for white, enlisted in the First Fight Artillery of Ohio. His racial identity would not be known until his death nearly a year later.



1900*

National Negro Business League founded. At the organizing meeting in Boston, Booker T. Washington was elected president.


1908*
52 nurses lead by Martha M. Franklin form the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses, to improve the status of African American nurses


1917*
Race riot, Houston, between soldiers of Twenty-fourth Infantry Regiment and white citizens. Two Blacks and eleven whites killed. Martial law declared.


1954*

Inventor Philip Emeagwali was born in Akure, Nigeria










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