Monday, October 24, 2011

Today In Black History

1892*
In New Orleans, 25,000 Black workers strike, 1892


1923*
Department of Labor said some 500,000 Blacks had left the South in the preceding twelve months.


1935*
Italy invaded Ethiopia. American Blacks held mass meetings of protest and raised funds for the Ethiopian defenders.


1935*

The first Black-authored play to become a long-run Broadway hit, Langston Hughes' "Mulatto" opens, 1935


1948*

Birthday of Rep. Kweisi Mfume who was born Frizzell Gray in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1996 Mfume became president of the NAACP.


1964*

Zambia proclaimed independent.


1972*

Death of Jack Roosevelt ("Jackie") Robinson (53), first Black in major leagues in twentieth century, in Stamford, Connecticut.


1994*

President Clinton presented Dorothy Porter Wesley with the Charles Frankel Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities

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