Malcolm X Resigned from the Nation of Islam...

1964 – Malcolm X resigned from the Nation of Islam Malcolm X resigned from the Nation of Islam. 1932 – Andrew Young born Andrew Young, former US United Nations ambassador, former congressman and former mayor of Atlanta, born in New Orleans, Louisiana. 1955 – Death of Charlie Parker Death of Charlie Parker (34), one of the founders of the modern jazz movement, in New York City. 1982 – Charles Fuller wins the Pulitzer Prize Charles Fuller wins the Pulitzer Prize for A Soldier’s Play...

Ralph Abernathy Born

1926 – Rev. Ralph David Abernathy born The Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, aide to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Southern Christian Leadership Conference figure, was born in Linden, Alabama. 1959 – Flip Wilson Honored Comedian and television star Flip Wilson received the International Broadcasting Man of the Year Award. Flip Wilson was the first Afro-American to be a television superstar. 1968 – Soul singer Otis Redding posthumously receives a gold record for the single “The Soul singer Otis Redding posthumously receives a gold record for the single “The Dock of the Bay.” Redding was killed in a plane crash three months...

Harriet Tubman Dies

1913 – Death of Harriet Tubman Death of Harriet Tubman, Auburn, New York. 1969 – James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to killing M.L.K. James Earl Ray pleaded guilty in a Memphis court to charges of killing Martin Luther King Jr. He was sentenced to ninety-nine years in prison. The House Select Committee on Assassinations said later that Ray fired the shot that killed King but that he was probably one element in a larger...

Walter F. White named NAACP executive secretary....

1931 – Walter F.White, NAACP Pres. Walter F. White named NAACP executive secretary. The NAACP has had many leaders since its beginning in 1910, but none was more determined and devoted than Walter F. White. This fair-skinned, blue-eyed man who wouldn’t pass worked a lifetime to defeat the nation’s barriers to integration 1922 – Activist Floyd H. McKissick born In Asheville, North Carolina, civil rights activist Floyd H. McKissick was born. A lawyer, newspaper columnist and business executive, McKissick attended Morehouse College, the University of North Carolina, and North Carolina Central University. 1997 – Rap artist Nortorious B.I.G. dies Rap artist the Nortorious B.I.G. is killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. He was...

Billy Eckstine Dies

1993 – Billy Eckstine dies Singer Billy Eckstine died in Pittsburgh at age 78 1876 – U.S. Refuses to Seat P.B.S. Pinchback U.S. Senate refuses to seat P.B.S. Pinchback, elected Senator from Louisiana in 1873, after three years of...

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