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Thu, 01.18.1990 story

Marion Barry is Arrested

On this date in 1990, the FBI and D.C. police arrested Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry.

He was charged with possession of cocaine at the downtown Vista International Hotel after an undercover investigation.

The mayor was arrested shortly after 8 p.m., in a sting operation; he was smoking crack cocaine in the hotel room. The mayor was with a longtime female friend who agreed to work with federal authorities.

The outcome was one count of misdemeanor cocaine. After he was convicted of the charges, Barry served six months in a federal prison, but was elected to the D.C.

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Fri, 03.06.1936 story

Marion Barry, Activist, and Politician born

*Marion Barry was born on this date 1936.  He was a Black activist and politician.   Marion Shepilov Barry Jr. was born in rural Itta Bena, Mississippi, the third child of Mattie Cummings and Marion Barry.  His father died when he was four years old, and a year later his mother moved the family to Memphis, Tennessee, where her employment prospects were better.  His mother married […]

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Fri, 04.01.1960 story

The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) is Formed

*On this date we celebrate the beginning of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

SNCC was a United States political organization formed on February 1, 1960, by Black college students dedicated to overturning segregation in the South and giving young Blacks a stronger voice in the civil rights movement in America. SNCC, as an organization, advanced the “sit-in” movement, protest technique. Later in their first year of operations similar sit-in demonstrations occurred in 54 cities in nine states.

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Sat, 12.20.1862 story

LeMoyne-Owen College is Founded

The founding of LeMoyne-Owen College (LOC) in 1862 is marked on this date. This school, in Syracuse, N.Y., is one of over 100 Historical Black Colleges and Universities in America.

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Thu, 04.15.1915 story

Walter E. Washington, Politician born

Walter Edward Washington was born on this date in 1915. He was an African- merican politician.

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Fri, 01.01.1937 story

Lou Stovall, Print-Maker born

Lou Stovall, an African American master printmaker and artist, was born on this date in 1937.

Born in Athens, Georgia, he grew up in Springfield, MA, where he attended Technical High School. Stovall initially studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design and at Howard University where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Since 1962, he has lived and worked in Washington, D.C. Over the years he has won numerous awards, but perhaps his most enduring legacy is his work in the community.

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Mon, 10.19.1936 story

James Bevel, Activist, and Minister born

*James Bevel was born on this date in1936. He was an African American Civil rights activist and minister.

Born in Itta Bena, Mississippi, James Luther Bevel after time in the military service he became a minister. He enrolled in the American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee. There, he joined the Nashville chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) led by the Reverend James Lawson. Bevel had grown up in part in Cleveland, Ohio

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Mon, 07.17.1939 story

Lawrence Guyot, Civil Rights Lawyer born

*Lawrence Guyot was born on this date in 1939. He was an African American, lawyer and Civil Rights activist. From Pass Christian, Mississippi after high school Guyot (pronounced GHEE-ott) enrolled at Tougaloo College where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry in 1963. It was during his undergrad college years that he became active in civil rights.

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Tue, 06.27.1922 story

George T. Walker, Classical Musician born

*George T. Walker was born on this date in 1922. He was a Black classical composer, pianist, organist, and educator.  George Theophilus Walker was born in Washington, D.C. His father emigrated from Kingston, Jamaica to the United States, where he became a physician after graduating from Temple University School of Medicine.  His mother, Rosa King, supervised her son’s first piano lessons when he was five […]

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Sun, 01.30.1944 story

Sharon Pratt, Policy Administrator born

*Sharon Pratt was born on this date in 1944.  She is a Black lawyer, politician, and administrator.  From Washington D.C., she was born to D.C. Superior Court judge Carlisle Edward Pratt and Mildred “Peggy” (Petticord) Pratt. Three years later, a sister, Benaree, was born. After she lost her mother to breast cancer at an early […]

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