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Thu, 10.09.1823 story

Mary Ann Shadd, Black lawyer, suffragist, abolitionist, teacher, and editor

*On this date in 1823, Mary Ann Shadd Cary was born in Wilmington, Delaware. She was a Black educator and administrator.

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Sun, 10.09.1842 story

St. Augustine Catholic Church of New Orleans founded

This date in 1842 marks the dedication of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans. Since its dedication, St. Augustine has been a church of the free black citizens of New Orleans, welcoming both free and slave as worshippers.

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Wed, 10.09.1895 story

Eugene Bullard, aviator born

Eugene Bullard was born on this date in 1895. He was an African American aviator and, according to many, the first Black military pilot.

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Sat, 10.09.1926 story

Oscar Brown Jr., actor, director, songwriter and activist

Oscar Brown, Jr., was born on this date in 1926. He was an African American actor, director, playwright, songwriter, lyricist, activist, essayist, and television host.

Born at Chicago’s Provident Hospital, he was the first child of Helen, a schoolteacher, and Oscar Brown, Sr., a prominent lawyer and real estate owner. Oscar Cicero Brown, Jr., was raised in a two-church household: St. Edmond’s Episcopal Church and Pilgrim Baptist Church. He attended Willard Elementary and Englewood High Schools. By age 15, he had honed his elocution skills in Studs Terkel’s children’s radio series.

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Wed, 10.09.1929 story

Bayou state legend, Ernest Morial, lawyer, mayor, judge

On this date in 1929, Ernest Morial, an African American politician, was born.

He was born the youngest of six children in Louisiana and nicknamed Dutch. The Morial family were devout Catholics and Ernest began his education at St. Louis Catholic School. He later attended Xavier Preparatory School. Morial graduated from Xavier University, a historically Black Catholic college, in 1951. At Xavier, the only historically Black Catholic College in the country at the time, he became president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the first Black Greek Fraternity.

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Thu, 10.09.1952 story

The Caravans spawned brilliant spiritual vocalists

The 1952 founding of The Caravans Black Gospel singing group is celebrated on this date.

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Tue, 10.09.1962 story

Uganda achieves independence

On this date in 1962, Uganda achieved its independence from Great Britain. After much experimenting, a federal constitution was promulgated in April.

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Thu, 10.09.2003 story

Black artists hold all of Billboard’s Top Ten

On this date in 2003 for the first time in the 50-year history of the Billboard music charts, all top 10 songs in the America were by black artists.

It was a moment of triumph in hip-hop’s ascent as a dominant force in popular culture. Once an underground style characterized by rhymes about urban life and later gangster mythology and real-life turf wars, rap music is now heard across the radio dial and across the nation by a diverse fan base. Heavy beats accompany shoppers at the malls, and street rhymes are the soundtrack to suburban sleepovers.

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Thu, 10.09.2003 story

Board game uses Black stereotypes and is sued

On this date in 2003, protesters gathered outside an Urban Outfitters store in Philadelphia, PA., to protest a racist board game being sold at the store.

The racial issue centered on the ‘Ghettopoly’ board game that had many in the black community outraged. In the game, players act as pimps and game cards read “You got yo whole neighborhood addicted to crack. Collect $50.” Properties in the game include West Side Liquor, Harlem, The Bronx, and Long Beach City. A local chapter of the NAACP and Black clergy called the game offensively racist.

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Sat, 10.09.2004 story

Nobel winner says AIDS is biological warfare on Blacks

On this date in 2004, Kenyan ecologist Wangari Maathai restated her claim that the AIDS virus was a deliberately created biological agent.

The 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner said, “Some say that AIDS came from the monkeys, and I doubt that because we have been living with monkeys [since] time immemorial, others say it was a curse from God, but I say it cannot be that. “Us black people are dying more than any other people in this planet.” Maathai spoke at a press conference in Nairobi a day after winning the prize for her work in human rights and reversing deforestation across Africa.

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