Nothing will motivate a man to move forward faster than knowing what's behind Him.

1. In 1775, Prince Hall founded Africa Lodge No. 1. It was the first Black Lodge of Free Masons in the United States.

2. In 1848, Slaves freed in Danish West Indies (now US Virgin Islands)

3. In 1928, Charles Waddell Chestnutt, author of “The Conjure Woman” and other works, is awarded the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal for his “work as a literary artist depicting the life and struggle of Americans of Negro descent.”

4. In 1941, Cab Calloway and his Orchestra recorded the standard, St. James Infirmary, for Okey Records.

5. In 1947, The Cleveland Indians purchase the contract of Larry Doby, the first African American to play in the American League.

6. In 1953, Harry Belafonte was shown with actress Janet Leigh and film star Tony Curtis on the cover of Ebony magazine. It was the first time a black person and two Caucasians were seen together on a U.S. magazine cover.

7. In 1962, Jackie Robinson inducted into the baseball hall of fame and Museum, in Cooperstown, New York.

8. In 1966, NAACP officially disassociates itself from the “Black Power” doctrine.

9. In 2006, Ice Cube’s Laugh Now, Cry Later Tops Jet Magagazine’s top 20 album list.

10. In 2010, Serena Williams swept Vera Zvonareva in straight sets to win her fourth Wimbledon title and 13th Grand Slam championship, extending the Williams family dominance at the All England Club.

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