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Events In African American History For November 02


1. In 1880,  P. Johnson received Patent for Eye protector

2. In 1886,   Henry Brown received Patent for Receptacle for Storing and Preserving Papers

3. In 1886,  I. D. Davis received Patent for Tonic

4. In 1889, The last great African king is crowned. Menelik II becomes “Negusa Nagast,” King of Kings, of Abyssinia, now Ethiopia.

5. In 1903,  Maggie L. Walker opens the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank in Richmond, Va.

6. In 1930,  Haile Selassie is crowned Emperor of Ethiopia after the death of Ethiopian Empress Zawditu.

7. In 1983,  By Act Of Congress, M.L.King Jr.’s Birthday becomes legal holiday

8. In 2008,  Lewis Hamilton won the Formula One World Championship in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For November 02


Willie Dean McGee

1. Willie Dean McGee, is a retired professional baseball player who won two batting titles and was named Major League Baseball’s 1985 National League MVP. McGee primarily played center and right field, winning three Gold Glove Awards for defensive excellence. McGee spent the majority of his 18-year career playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, helping the Cardinals win the 1982 World Series with his outstanding performance in Game 3 of that series. A four-time All-Star, McGee accumulated 2,254 hits during his career.

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2. Orlando Luis Merced Villanueva, is a former Major League Baseball first Baseman and outfielder. He played all or part of thirteen seasons in the majors for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1990–1996), Toronto Blue Jays (1997),Minnesota Twins (1998), Boston Red Sox (1998), Chicago Cubs (1998), Montreal Expos(1999), and Houston Astros (2001–2003). He also played one season for the Orix BlueWave(2000) in Japan.

 Nelly

3. Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr., better known by his stage name Nelly, is a Grammy Award winning Rapp Artist, actor and entrepreneur. He has performed with the rap group St. Lunatics since 1993 and signed to Universal Records in 1999. Under Universal, Nelly began his solo career in 2000 with his debut album Country Grammar, the title track of which was a top ten hit. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 and went on to peak at number one. Country Grammar is Nelly’s best-selling album to date, selling over 8.4 million copies in the United States.  His following album, Nellyville, produced the number-one hits “Hot in Herre” and “Dilemma” featuring Kelly Rowland. Other singles included “Work It” featuring Justin Timberlake, “Air Force Ones” featuring Murphy Lee and the St. Lunatics, “Pimp Juice” and “#1”.

Did you know….


So far, to date, there has been 122 former and current Black Representatives, senators, and delagates which consisted of 29 Republicans, 92 Democrats and 1 independent starting back before reconstruction.

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Events In African American History For November 01


1. In 1604, William Shakespeare’s great play “Othello” was first performed at Whitehall Palace in London. It is the earliest known European play with a black lead character.

2. In 1866, America’s first Civil Rights Act is passed over the veto of President Andrew Johnson.

3. . In 1898, C. W. Allen received Patent for Self- Leveling Table

4. In 1910, Scholar and political activist WEB DuBois began publication of NAACP monthly magazine the Crisis.

5. In 1945, First issue of Ebony magazine published by John H. Johnson.

6. In 1951, Jet Magazine founded by Ebony Magazine Publisher J. H. Johnson.

7. In 1989, David Dinkins elected mayor of New York City.

8. in 1991, Clarence Thomas takes his seat on the United States Supreme Court.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For November 01


1. Margaret Taylor-Burroughs,   Was a prominent  artist and writer and a co-founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History. She also helped to establish the South Side Community Art Center, whose opening on May 1, 1941  was dedicated by the First Lady of the United States Eleanor Roosevelt  . There at the age of 23 she served as the youngest member of its board of directors. Dr. Burroughs was a prolific writer, with her efforts directed toward the exploration of the Black experience and to children, especially to their appreciation of their cultural identity and to their introduction and growing awareness of art.

Dr. Burroughs is also credited as the founder of Chicago’s Lake Meadows Art Fair in the early 1950’s. At its inception, during the 1950’s, there were very limited venues and galleries for African American Artists to exhibit and sell their artwork, Dr. Burroughs, launched the Lake Meadows Art Fair which rapidly grew in popularity and The Lake Meadows Art Fair became one of the most anticipated exhibitions for artists, collectors and others throughout the greater Chicago area. After a brief hiatus beginning in the early 1980’s, the Art Fair was resurrected by Helen Y. West in 2005, and another Margaret Burroughs’ legacy lives on.

2. Gary Eugene Redus,  a former professional baseball player who played in the Major Leagues primarily as an outfielder from 1982-1994. He was a career .252 batter with 90 home runs, 886 hits, 352 RBIs and 322 stolen bases over 1159 games.

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