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    This Day in History – November 4, 1988

    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 the […]

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    This Day in History – November 3, 1970

    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 in […]

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    This Day in History – November 2, 1954

    On this day in 1954, the Spingarn Medal was presented to Dr. Theodore K. Lawless for his research on skin-related diseases. Lawless was born in Louisiana in 1892. He attended Talladega College in 1914, where he earned his B.A. Five years later, he obtained his M.D. from Northwestern University School of Medicine, and then an […]

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    This Day in History – November 1, 1945

    On this day in 1945, John H. Johnson published the first issue of Ebony Magazine. Born in January 1918, Johnson grew up in Arkansas City, Arkansas and later moved with his mother to Chicago, Illinois in order to advance his education. At the time, there was not a high school in Arkansas City for black […]

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    This Day in History – October 31, 1945

    On this day in 1945, educator Booker T. Washington was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Great Americans. Born into slavery on April 5, 1856, Booker Taliaferro Washington grew up in Franklin County, Virginia. At a very young age, he began working for the plantation’s mill, carrying 100 pound sacks of grain. Washington commented […]

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    This Day in History – October 30, 1979

    On this day in 1979, Richard Arrington was elected the first black mayor of Birmingham, Alabama. Arrington grew up with his family in Fairfield, Alabama. While he was still a teenager, he worked as a secretary at the Crumbey Bethel Primitive Baptist Church’s Sunday school program. Soon, began singing in the choir, was appointed as […]

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    This Day in History – October 29, 1945

    On this day in 1945, actress Melba Moore was born in New York City. Raised in Harlem, she attended Newark Arts High School in Newark, New Jersey. Moore’s mother, Gertrude Melba Smith (known as Bonnie Davis) was a successful R&B artist, and her father, Teddy Hill, a saxophonist. After graduating high school in 1958, Moore […]

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    This Day in History – October 28, 1951

    On this day in 2001, Frank E. Peterson became the first African American naval aviator in the Marine Corp. Frank E. Peterson was born on March 2, 1932 in Topeka, Kansas. In 1950, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a seaman apprentice. He served as an electronics technician. Peterson faced a lot of discrimination […]

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    This Day in History – October 27, 1981

    On this day in 1981, Andrew Young, Jr. was elected mayor of Atlanta, Georgia. Born in 1932 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Young entered the Gilbert Academy when he was only 11 years old. Years later, Young noted that it was during these years of schooling that he learned to “embrace the strengths of the black […]