Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Today In Black History


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

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.


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.


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.


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

US Navy started to accept Black Women


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.


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

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