Charlie Sifford Breaks the PGA Color Barrier Jun11

Charlie Sifford Brea...

Today in Black History      On June 11, 1959, Charlie Sifford became the first Black player to take part in a a Pro Golfers Association event at the U.S. Open. Two years later, the PGA remove a provision in its bylaw which prevented Black from being members of the PGA. Sifford would...

Lincoln University Founded Apr29

Lincoln University F...

Today in Black History       1854 – Lincoln University, a Historically Black College University,was chartered on April 29, 1954 in  Oxford, Pennsylvania. 1992 – The Rodney King Trial Verdict Announced – A Simi Valley jury acquitted four Los Angeles police officers...

Muhammad Ali refuses...

     1967 – Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali refused induction into the United States Army on religious grounds. As a result, he was stripped of his Heavyweight title and was convicted of draft evasion and sentenced to five years in prison and given a $10,000.00 fine....

The First Black Player Drafted In The NBA Apr25

The First Black Play...

    The Boston Celtics selected Chuck Cooper in the second round of the 1950 NBA Draft, making him the first African American drafted in the NBA. Celtics owner Walter Brown famously said he didn’t care whether Cooper was “striped, plaid or polka dot,” after he...

Hank Aaron Hit First Home Run Apr23

Hank Aaron Hit First...

Today in Black History       On this day in day in 1954, Henry “Hank” Aaron hit his first home run agains the St. Louis Cardinals. Aaron would be elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame after breaking Babe Ruth home run record in 1974. He retired with the all...

Jackie Robinson Breaks Color Barrier Apr15

Jackie Robinson Brea...

Today in Black History – Jackie Robinson Breaks Color Barrier       1894 – Blues singer Bessie Smith was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Smith, known as the “Empress of the Blues,” sold more than 800,000 copies of her first hit song, “Downhearted Blues,” a...

Sidney Poitier Wins ...

Today in Black History       1964 – Actor Sidney Poitier was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as a laborer in the movie Lilies of the Field. Poitier was previously nominated for an Academy Award (Oscar) in 1959 for his roe in The Defiant Ones alongside...

Tiger Woods Wins 4th Masters Apr10

Tiger Woods Wins 4th...

Today in Black History       2005 – Tiger Woods wins his fourth Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Woods birdied the the first hole of the sudden-death playoff against Chris DiMarco with a 15-foot putt. It was the fourth time Woods donned the green jacket...

Marian Anderson Sing...

Today in Black History       1939 – Singer Marian Anderson sings at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Anderson, an international renown performer was described by Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini as “a voice such as one hears once in a hundred years.” Despite such...

Hank Aaron Breaks Home Run Record Apr08

Hank Aaron Breaks Ho...

Today in Black History       1974 – Baseball player Henry “Hank” Aaron breaks the home run record, hitting his 715th off of Al Downing in the Atlanta Braves victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers iat Atlanta Stadium. While the moment was one of the most momentous in...

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Breaks Scoring Record Apr05

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ...

Today in Black History   1984 – NBA superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar breaks the all-time scoring mark for the National Basketball Association, surpassing the 31,419 mark set by the great Wilt Chamberlain. Jabbar broke the record after receiving a pass from team-mate Magic Johnson in the...

Dr. Martin Luther Ki...

1913 – Blues legend Muddy Waters was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Born McKinley Morganfield he was a pioneer in the field of blues and had a profound impact on the history of rock and roll, influencing artists throughout the United States and in Britain, where many members of what...

Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown Killed in Plane Crash Apr03

Secretary of Commerc...

    Today in Black History   1996 – Ron Brown, the Secretary of Commerce in the Clinton Administration was killed when the plane he was traveling on crashed into a mountainside near Dubrovnik, Croatia. Brown was on a trip to the war-torn region of the former Yugoslavia with a...

Marvin Gaye Shot and...

     1984 – Motown superstar Marvin Gaye was shot and killed by his father Marvin Gay, Sr. just one day before his 45th birthday. The Grammy award-winning singer, known for such hits as “What’s Goin’ On,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,”...

U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Scottsboro Case Mar25

U.S. Supreme Court R...

Today in Black History     1932 – The United States Supreme Court overturned the conviction of the Scottsboro Boys. Nine Black young men were convicted of raping two White women on a train in Alabama. The boys were denied legal counsel until the day of the trial. The prosecution...

Halle Berry and Denz...

Today in Black History   2002 – Halle Berry and Denzel Washington were the big winners at the 2002 Academy Awards ceremony held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Berry won the Best Actress award for her performance in Monster’s Ball, where she played the wife of a...

Selma to Montgomery ...

    1965 – Selma to Montgomery March Begins. Led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., approximately 3,200 people began to march from of Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama under the protection of federal troops. Walk about 12 miles each day and sleeping in empty fields at night,...

Texas Western College Defeats Kentucky Mar19

Texas Western Colleg...

    1966 – Texas Western College defeated the University of Kentucky to win the Men’s NCAA tournament championship in College Park, Maryland. The game was significant in that Texas Western started five Black players, the first time an all-black starting five had won the...

Vanessa Williams Bor...

    1963 – Vanessa L. Williams born Actress-singer and the first black Miss America Vanessa L. Williams is born in Millwood, New York. 1947 – Wilson Pickett born R&B singer Wilson Pickett is born in Prattville, Alabama. 1938 – Country singer Charlie Pride born...

Maurice Ashley Named...

[ad#336×280] 1999 – First Black Grandmaster Maurice Ashley, an immigrant from Jamaica, was 14 and living in Brooklyn, when he feel in love with the game of chess after reading a book about Paul Morphy, a 19th-century Louisianian who was America’s first great chess player....

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