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    This Day in History – September 19, 1981

    Advertisements On this day in 1981, there was a protest of over 250,000 people around the Washington Monument in D.C. to protest President Reagan’s budget cuts and tax policies and to reaffirm the solidarity of the nation’s labor movement behind its leaders. The Solidarity Day demonstration,organized by the AFL-CIO and civil rights groups and partly […]

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    This Day in History – September 18, 1970

    Advertisements On this day in 1970, Jimi Hendrix died at the age of 27. ​It could be argued that no musician has had a career as short lived and as influential as Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington. He grew up as an African American musician during an era […]

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    This Day in History – September 17, 1983

    Advertisements On this day in 1983, Vanessa Williams became the first black woman to be crowned Miss America. Vanessa Lynn Williams, born on March 18, 1963, grew up in a very musical household. Her parents, Milton and Helen, worked as music educators in Bronx, New York. By the time she was ten years old, she […]

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    This Day in History – September 16, 1928

    Advertisements On this day in 1928, The Okeechobee Hurricane struck Western Palm Beach County, Florida. Also known as the San Felpe Segundo Hurricane, the Okeechobee Hurricane was one of the deadliest hurricanes recorded in all of the North Atlantic basin. The storm developed off the shore of the west coast of Africa a week prior. […]

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    This Day in History – September 15, 1898

    Advertisements On this day in 1898, the National Afro-American Council (AAC) was founded in Rochester, New York. Bishop Alexander Walters, of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church founded the AAC alongside newspaper editor T. Thomas Fortune. Their goal was to revitalize the prior National Afro-American League (NAAL), which was the first national black organization to […]

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    This Day in History – September 14, 1921

    Advertisements On this day in 1921, U.S. Cabinet member Constance Baker Motley was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Motley came from a successful family. Her mother founded the New Haven National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and her father was a chef at Yale University. Growing up, she got very good grades. At […]

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    This Day in History – September 13, 1996

    Advertisements On this day in 1996, Tupac Shakur died in Las Vegas, Nevada at the age of 25. Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known by his stage name 2Pac, was born Lesane Parish Crooks in 1971. He began his career as a backup dancer and MC for Digital Underground, an alternative hip hop group. When he […]

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    This Day in History – September 12, 1992

    Advertisements On this day in 1992, Dr. Mae Jemison became the first African American woman in space when she launched on the Space Shuttle Endeavour from Kennedy Center in Florida to join Spacelab J, a joint U.S.-Japan mission. Dr. Jemison was born in Alabama but graduated from Morgan Park High School in Chicago. She went […]

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    This Day in History – September 11, 1959

    Advertisements On this day in 1959, Duke Ellington was awarded the Spingarn Medal. Born in April of 1899, Ellington grew up in a musical household in a middle-class neighborhood of Washington D.C. At the age of seven, he started taking piano classes. As a teenager, he wrote his first composition, “Soda Foundation Rag.” Although he […]

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    This Day in History – September 10, 1962

    Advertisements On this day in 1962, Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black vacated a lower court’s ruling, ordering that the University of Mississippi must grant admission to James H. Meredith, a black Air Force veteran whose application had remained on file and tied up in the court system for 18 months prior. Meredith’s odyssey began after he […]