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    This Day in History – November 12, 1977

    Advertisements On this day in 1977, Ernest Nathan Morial was elected the first African American mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana. Born on October 9, 1929, Morial grew up in the seventh ward of New Orleans. He attended Holy Redeemer Elementary School and graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana in 1951. He then went on to […]

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    This Day in History – November 11, 1995

    Advertisements On this day in 1995, author and poet Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa was executed. Born October 10, 1941 in Nigeria, Saro-Wiwa attended Government College, Umuahia as well as the University of Ibadan. After graduating, he taught briefly at the University of Lagos before he joined the federal forces in the late 1960’s. He later worked […]

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    This Day in History – November 10, 1957

    Advertisements On this day in 1961, Andrew Hatcher was named associate press secretary to President John F. Kennedy. Born on June 19, 1923 in Princeton, New Jersey, Hatcher attended the Witherspoon School for Colored Children. He later attended Princeton High School and then went on to continue his education at Springfield College in Massachusetts. However, […]

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    This Day in History – November 9, 1964

    Advertisements On this day in 1964, Roger Arliner Young, the first black woman to receive a doctoral degree in zoology, died in New Orleans, Louisiana. Born in Virginia in 1889, Young moved with her family to Burgettstown, Pennsylvania at a young age. In 1916, Young decided to study music and enrolled at Howard University in […]

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    This Day in History – November 8, 1953

    Advertisements On this day in 1953, actress Alfre Woodard was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In her teens, she discovered her love for acting, and decided to pursue a degree in fine arts and theater from Boston University. After graduating in 1974, Woodard took up improv and shortly after landed a role in For Colored Girls […]

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    This Day in History – November 7, 1941

    Advertisements On this day in 1941, Doris (“Dorie”) Miller took down three Japanese planes in the Pearl Harbor attack. Born on October 12, 1919 in Waco, Texas, Miller attended Moore High School where he played as a fullback on the football team. Before enlisting in the U.S. Navy as a Mess Attendant, Third Class, he […]

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    This Day in History – November 6, 1990

    Advertisements On this day in 1990, Sharon Pratt Dixon was elected mayor of Washington, D.C., making her the first female mayor of any race. Born on January 30, 1944, Pratt attended public school in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Roosevelt High School with honors in 1961. Originally, she wanted to pursue an acting career, but […]

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    This Day in History – November 5, 1956

    Advertisements On this day in 1956, pianist Art Tatum died at the age of 46 in Los Angeles, California. Born on October 13, 1908, Tatum was legally blind, with partial sight only in one eye. Through Braille, he learned to read sheet music at a young age. He was mainly self-taught, but he did undergo […]

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    This Day in History – November 4, 1988

    Advertisements On this day in 1988, Bill and Camille Cosby donated $20 million to Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, making it the largest single donation ever made to a historically black college. Cosby announced the gift at an inauguration ceremony for the first black woman president of the college, Johnetta B. Cole. Cole stated that […]

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    This Day in History – November 3, 1970

    Advertisements On this day in 1970, Wilson Riles was elected the superintendent of Public Instruction in California. Riles, an educator and politician was born on June 27, 1917 in Louisiana. Orphaned at a young age, he was raised by family friends. In 1940, Riles graduated from Northern Arizona University and then went on to serve […]