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    This Day in History – October 16, 1917

    Advertisements On this day in 1917, Fannie Lou Hamer was born Fannie Lou Townsend in Montgomery County, Mississippi. She was the youngest of 20 children. When she was only 6 years old, Hamer began to work in the fields. At 12 years old, she dropped out of school so that she could work full-time. In […]

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    This Day in History – October 15, 1991

    Advertisements On this day in 1991, Judge Clarence Thomas became the 106th associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Thomas, the second African American member of the Supreme Court, was born on June 23, 1948 in the small black community of Pin Point, Georgia. After high school, before deciding to become a justice, Thomas attended […]

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    This Day in History – October 14, 1999

    Advertisements On this day in 1999, the governor of Pennsylvania, Thomas Ride, signed the death warrant for Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was charged with the slaying of a police officer. Mumia was born Wesley Cook in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in April of 1954. When he was in high school, he had a teacher encourage students to take […]

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    This Day in History – October 13, 1926

    Advertisements On this day in 1926, the first black naval aviator, Jesse Leroy Brown, was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Brown grew up in a very poor family, living in a home without central heating or plumbing. When he was six years old, his father took him to an air show. This was when Brown first […]

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    This Day in History – October 11, 1972

    Advertisements On this day in 1972, a prison uprising in a Washington, D.C. jail occurred when approximately fifty inmates gained control of a cellblock where they held 12 jail officials hostage. Their demands had to do with improving jail conditions and reducing overcrowding. Before the uprising occurred, two inmates at the District of Columbia jail […]

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    This Day in History – October 12, 1932

    Advertisements On this day in 1932, Richard “Dick” Gregory was born in St. Louis, Missouri. The second of six children, Gregory grew up in an extremely impoverished household and was raised by a single mother. At an early age, Gregory experienced a lot of bullying and discrimination. In his 1964 autobiography, he says of these […]

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    This Day in History – October 9, 1897

    Advertisements On October 9th, 1897, Elijah Muhammad, originally called Elijah Poole, was born in Sandersville, Georgia. He was one of 13 children born to tenant farmers who had been born into slavery. At 16 years old, he left his home and traveled through North America for almost ten years. In 1923, at the age of 26, […]

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    This Day in History – October 10, 1865

    Advertisements On October 11, 1865, Paul Bogle led a successful protest march to the Morant Bay courthouse. He is believed to have been born a free man in Jamaica sometime in the early 1820’s. He was able to vote during a time period when there were barely more than 100 voters in the parish of […]

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    This Day in History – October 6, 1971

    Advertisements On this day in 1971, the first legal interracial marriage occurred when John A. Wilkinson married Lorraine Mary Turner. Wilkinson was black while Turner was white. Anti-miscegenation laws, which ruled interracial marriage or intercourse illegal, had been a primary component of the law in many states from before the actual establishment of the United […]