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1. In 1886,  W. Marshall received Patent for Grain Binder

2. In 1892,  Alonzo “Lonnie” Clayton, 15 years old at the time,  became the youngest rider to win the Kentucky Derby.  He rallied Azra to an impressive nose victory in a three-horse field.

3. In 1897,  W. U. Moody Received Patent for Game board design

4. In 1963,    Demonstrators marched on the Birmingham, AL City Hall for civil rights.  Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the protest began in the middle of bomb blasts and police brutality. City Commissioner of Public Safety, “Bull” Connor, ordered the arrest of 900 young people in two days. Later, police attacked the youths with high-pressure fire hoses and dogs.

5. In 1965,  Blacks held mass meeting in Norfolk (Va.) and demanded equal rights and ballots. Other equal rights meetings and conventions were held in Petersburg, Va., June 6; Vicksburg, Miss., June 19; Alexandria, Va., August 3; Nashville, Tenn., August 7-11; Raleigh, N.C., September 29-October 3; Richmond, September 18; Jackson, Miss., October 7.

6. In 1968,    The Poor Peoples March on Washington Began.  Nine Caravans of poor people arrived in Washington for first phase of Poor People’s Campaign. Caravans started from different sections of country on May 2 and picked up demonstrators along the way. In Washington, demonstrators erected camp called Resurrection City on sixteen-acre site near Lincoln Monument.

Events in African American History is published daily one the “What’s The Word” Blog 

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