Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Today in Black History

1834*

Mother Matelda Beasley who founded the Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Francis, the first African American order of nuns in Georgia was born on this day.


1870*
Robert H. Wood was elected mayor of Natchez in Mississippi


1870*

Jefferson F. Long of Macon, Georgia was elected to an unexpired term in the 41st Congress. Georgia Democrats carried the state election with a campaign of violence and political intimidation.


1875*

Carter G Woodson known as "The Father of Black History" was born on this day


1893*

"Oak and Ivy" by Paul Lawrence Dunbar published on this day


1956*

On this day the African American community of Montgomery, Alabama voted unanimously to end its 385 day bus boycott.


1981*

"Dream Girls" opened at the Imperial Theater on Broadway on this day.


1983*

Julius Erving scored his 25,000th career point becoming the 9th professional basketball player to achieve this mark.


1988*

Max Robinson who joined ABC's "World News Tonight" and became the First African American network anchor, died on this day of complications from AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) in Washington, DC.

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