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Mon, 10.23.1600 story

Black History, and American Art, a story

On this date, the Registry examines African American art—-painting, carving, graphic arts, and crafts created by people of African descent in the United States and influenced by African and African American culture.

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Mon, 10.23.1730 story

Lucy Terry Prince, Poet, and Orator born

The birth of Lucy Terry, Black abolitionist, poet, and skilled orator, in 1730 is celebrated on this date. Although she was not a lawyer, she argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court and won.

Terry was born in Africa, enslaved and stolen from there as an infant, and sold to Ebenezer Wells of Deerfield, MA. She was baptized at 19 in June 1735, during the Great Awakening, and at the age of 20, she was “admitted to the fellowship of the church.” In 1756, Terry married Abijah Prince, a prosperous free black man who purchased her freedom.

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Tue, 10.23.1877 story

Jackson State University is Founded

*On this date in 1877, Jackson State University (JSU) was founded They are public, Historically Black College and University (HBCU).   Located in Jackson, Mississippi. The university is one of the largest HBCUs in the United States and the fourth-largest university in Mississippi.  The university is a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. It is classified as a research university with high research activity.   Jackson State […]

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Mon, 10.23.1899 story

Oliver Law, Military Officer born

*Oliver Law was born on this date in 1900. He was an African American soldier and military leader. He was the first Black man to lead an integrated military force in the history of the United States.

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Fri, 10.23.1903 story

Sam Lacy, Sports Journalist born

Sam Lacy’s birth in 1903 is celebrated on this date. He was an African American journalist.

Lacy grew up in Washington, D.C., played semi-pro baseball, coached municipal basketball, attended Howard University, and performed assorted odd jobs before becoming a professional sportswriter. Lacy’s career in print journalism began in the 1920s, working as a sports writer at the Washington Tribune under the guidance of Editor Lewis Lautier. He was managing editor and sports editor there from 1934-39, before moving to Chicago as assistant national editor for the Chicago Defender from 1940-43.

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Sat, 10.23.1920 story

Marian Bruce Logan, Cabaret Singer, and Activist born

*The birth of Marian Bruce Logan is celebrated on this date in 1920. She was a Black cabaret singer, civil rights advocate, former New York City Commissioner of Human Rights. During her career in show business, she sang using the stage name, Marian Bruce. In the 1940s and 1950s, she starred in the first all-black […]

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Wed, 10.23.1940 story

Pelé, Footballer, and Humanitarian born

Pelé was born on this date in 1940. He was an African Brazilian soccer player and is an international humanitarian.

He was born Edson Arantes do Nascimento in a small town in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazile. He was the son of a Fluminense semiprofessional footballer Dondinho (born João Ramos do Nascimento) and Maria Celeste Arantes.

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Thu, 10.23.1947 story

The NAACP Petitions United Nations On American Racism

On this date in 1947, the NAACP issued a formal petition against racism in America to the United Nations titled “An Appeal to the World.”

Eleanor Roosevelt, an active NAACP board member from 1945 to 1958, initiated the U.N.’s human rights protocol. Roy Wilkins, NAACP executive director (1955-1978), led the United States delegation to the International Conference on Human Rights in 1968.

In 2001, the NAACP applied for affiliation as a non-governmental organization (NGO). NAACP President and CEO Kweisi Mfume said that the pending U.N.

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Thu, 10.23.1952 story

Sabrina Sojourner, Activist born

*Sabrina Sojourner was born on this date in 1952.  She is a Black lesbian activist, former politician, and author.  From California, married when she was 18, and having a single son, Sojourner was subject to physical abuse by her former husband before they separated two years later.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts, Theatre Arts, […]

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Thu, 10.23.1958 story

Michael Eric Dyson, Writer, Minister, and Scholar born

Michael Eric Dyson was born on this date in 1958. He is an African American educator and writer.

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