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Posted on Tue, Feb 14, 2006
Today in Black History
1760 - Richard Allen, is born into slavery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He will purchase his freedom in 1786 and will become a preacher
the same year. He will become the first African American ordained
in the Methodist Episcopal Church (1799), and founder of the
African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in 1816, and first bishop
of the AME Church. He will join the ancestors on March 26, 1831.
1818 - The birth of Frederick Douglass in Tuckahoe (Talbot County),
Maryland, is attributed to this date. He will state, "I have no
accurate knowledge of my age, never having seen any authentic
record containing it... and it is the wish of most masters within
my knowledge to keep their slaves thus ignorant." He will be a
great African American leader and "one of the giants of
nineteenth century America. He was born Frederick Bailey and
will change his name to Douglass after he escapes slavery in
1838. He will join the ancestors on February 20, 1895 in
1867 - Morehouse College is organized in Augusta, Georgia. The school
will be moved later to Atlanta.
1867 - New registration law in Tennessee abolishes racial distinctions
1936 - The National Negro Congress is organized at a Chicago meeting
attended by eight hundred seventeen delegates representing more
than five hundred organizations. Asa Phillip Randolph of the
Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters is elected president of the
1946 - Gregory Hines is born in New York City. A child tap-dancing star
in the group Hines, Hines, and Dad, Hines will lead a new
generation of tap dancers that will benefit from the advice and
teaching of such tap legends as Henry Le Tang, "Honi" Coles,
Sandman Sims, the Nicholas Brothers, and Sammy Davis, Jr. Hines
will also become a successful actor in movies including "White
Knights," "Tap," and "A Rage in Harlem." He will join the
ancestors on August 9, 2003.
1951 - Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta and wins the middleweight
1957 - Lionel Hampton's only major musical work, "King David", makes its
debut at New York's Town Hall. The four-part symphony jazz
suite was conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos.
1966 - Wilt Chamberlain breaks the NBA career scoring record at 20,884
points after only seven seasons as a pro basketball player.
1978 - Maxima Corporation, a computer systems and management company, is
incorporated. Headquartered in Lanham, Maryland, it will become
one of the largest African American-owned companies and earn its
founder, chairman and CEO, Joshua I. Smith, chairmanship of the
U.S. Commission on Minority Business Development.
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