Monday, June 4, 2012

Today in Black History

Third national Black convention met in Philadelphia with twenty-nine delegates from eight states. Henry Sipkins of New York was elected president.

Samuel Gravely born on this day was appointed captain of the Navy Destroyer Escort, U.S.S. Falgout, the first African American to command a United States warship. He later received the rand of Rear Admiral, a first for an African American navyman.

Mississippi Valley State University is founded in Itta Bena, Miss.

Angela Davis acquitted by white jury in San Jose, California of charges stemming from a 1970 courtroom shoot-out.

Arna Bontemps, Writer and Educator in Nashville, Tennessee died on this day.

Four African Americans win Tony Awards for Black and Blue

Baltimore Orioles manager Frank Robinson is named assistant general manager of the club, the third African American to become as assistant GM.


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