Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Today In Black History


1859*

Byrd Prillerman, Co-founder of Virginia State College was born on this day

1870*
Republicans swept South Carolina elections with a ticket of six whites and TWO Blacks: Alonzo Ransier for Lieutenant Governor and Francis L. Cardozo for Secretary of State.

1870*

First Blacks elected to the House of Representatives. Black Republicans won three of the four congressional seats in South Carolina: Joseph H. Rainey, Robert C. Delarge and Robert B. Elliott. Rainey was elected to an unexpired term in the Forty-first Congress and was the first Black seated in the House.

1936*

Johnetta Betsch Cole (The First African American Female President of Spelman College and former President of Bennett College for Women) was born on this day.

1943*

On this date, Paul Robeson opened in Othello at the Shubert Theater in New York City. 
The show ran for 296 consecutive performances.

1944*
US Navy started to accept Black Women

1960*

Martin Luther King Jr. arrested in Atlanta sit-in and ordered to serve four months in the Georgia State Prison for violating a probated traffic sentence. John F. Kennedy, Democratic Presidential Candidate at the time called Mrs. Coretta Scott King to express his concern about the imprisonment of Dr. King.

1983*

Grenada's U.S. educated Prime Minister Maurice Bishop killed in a military coup.







No comments:

Post a Comment