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Friday, February 27, 2015

Another Moment in Black History


Source:  www.wikipedia.com
William Henry Lewis (November 28, 1868 – January 1, 1949) was an African-American pioneer in athletics, law and politics. Born in Virginia as the son of freedmen, he went North to college, where he became the first African-American college football player, and the first in the sport to be selected as an All-American. In 1903 Lewis was the first African American to be appointed as an Assistant United States Attorney; in 1910 he was the first to be appointed as one of the five United States Assistant Attorney Generals, despite opposition by the Southern Democratic block; and in 1911 he was the first African American to be admitted to the American Bar Association.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday

Source: www.historyreplaystoday.com
24 years and 1 month to the day after Richmond fell to Union Troops, March 2, 1888, the first black owned and black-operated bank in the USA, The True Reformers Savings Bank received its state charter in Richmond, VA.  The bank officially opened in 1889.  At its peak in 1907, it took in more than #1 million in deposits.  during the financial panic of 1893, it was the only bank in Richmond that continued honoring its check.  Its leader was a former slave named "William Washington Browne" (1849-1897).  He was given the name "Ben" at his birth in Habersham County, GA.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Today's Black History Facts

Source:  www.blackfacts.com
1870 - Hiram R. Revels of Mississippi was sworn in as the first Black U.S. Senator and the first Black representative in Congress.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tuesday Moment in Black History

Source:  www.wikipedia.org
Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr.:  (December 18, 1912-July 4, 2002) - was an American United States Air Force General and commander of the World War II Tuskegee Airmen.  He was the first African-American general officer in the United States Air Force.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Little Known Black Librarian Facts

Joseph Jackson, Jr; Geraldine Edwards, James Bradford, Evelyn Pierce,
Albert Lassiter, Ethel Sawyer, Meredith Anding, Janice Jackson,
and Alfred Cook.

Resource:  littleknownblacklibrariansfacts.blogSpot.com
The Tougaloo Nine and the Sit-in at the Jackson Mississippi Municipal Library:  On March 27, 1961, nine African American students from Tougaloo College were arrested for their attempt to integrate the Jackson, Mississippi Municipal Library by having a sit-in.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Today in Black History!!


Source:  google.com


James Charles Evers (born September 11, 1922) is the older brother of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers.  In 1969, he became the first African American since the Reconstruction era to have been elected as Mayor in a Mississippi city, Fayette in Jefferson County.  Thereafter, he ran for governor in 1971 and the United States Senate in 1978, both times as an Independent candidate.