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    This Day in History – October 26, 1977

    On this day in 1977, Dr. Clifford R. Wharton, Jr. was named chancellor of the State University of New York. Born in Massachusetts, Wharton graduated from Boston Latin School at enrolled at Harvard College at only 16 years old. He was a founding member of the U.S. National Students Association as well as the first […]

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    This Day in History – October 25, 1940

    On this day in 1940, Benjamin Oliver Davis became the first black general in the United States Army. Born on July 1, 1877, Davis began his military career as a volunteer during the 1898 Spanish-American War. By 1901, he had become a second lieutenant in the regular army. Racism was high at the time, but […]

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    This Day in History – October 20, 1904

    On this day in 1904, Enolia Pettigen McMillan was born in Willow Grove, PA. Enolia would grow up to become the first female president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Enolia started her teaching career in 1927 and was soon propelled into a principal position. While in the process of earning a […]

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    This Day in History – October 21, 1989

    On this day in 1989, Peter Bynoe and Bertram M. Lee among a few select others signed an agreement to obtain the National Basketball Association’s Denver Nuggets for $65 million. This purchase made these gentlemen the first African American proprietors of a professional basketball team. Lee was born in January of 1939 in Lynchburg, VA. He […]

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    This Day in History – October 22, 1936

    On this day in 1936, Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panthers, was born in Dallas, Texas. Seale grew up in poverty with an abusive father. The family moved to California, where Seale attended Berkeley High School. Throughout his teenage years, he began to develop a strong interest in politics. Seale joined the United States […]

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    This Day in History – October 24, 1972

    On this day in 1972, Jack Roosevelt (“Jackie”) Robinson died at the age of 53. Robinson was born on January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia. Raised by a single mother, the family moved to Los Angeles in 1920 where Robinson attended Muir Technical High School. His athletic talents were obvious from a young age, and […]

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    This Day in History – October 23, 1940

    On this day in 1940, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, more commonly known as “Pelé,” was born in Três Corações, Brazil. Named after Thomas Edison, Pelé and his family moved to the city of Bauru when he was a child. His father, João Ramos, struggled to earn a living as a soccer player. Pelé grew up […]

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    This Day in History – October 19, 1936

    On this day in 1936, Johnetta Betsch Cole was born in Jacksonville, Florida. At the age of 15, Cole enrolled in Fisk University, a historically black college. She later transferred to Oberlin College in Ohio, where she earned her B.A. in Sociology. She continued on to graduate school, earning both her master’s and Ph.D. in […]

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    This Day in History – October 17, 1928

    On this day in 1928, Lerone Bennett, Jr. was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi. As a young child, he and his family moved to Jackson, Mississippi where Bennett attended segregated schools as a child under the state system. After high school, he went on to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Bennett noted that this time […]