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Events In African American History For April 21

1. In 1878,   The ship Azor left Charleston, SC with 206 Blacks bound for Liberia.

2. In 1892,  Black Longshoremen went on strike for higher wages in St. Louis, Missouri.

3. In 1898,  Volunteer African American army units, including the 3rd Alabama, 3rd North Carolina, 6th Virginia, 9th Ohio, 9th Illinois, 23rd Kansas and 10th Cavalry regiments, some units with African American officers, took part in the Spanish-American War on Cuban soil. Some of these veterans, upon returning to the United States,  were treated with parades and speeches. Others were assaulted and even lynched.

4. In 1966,  Milton Olive, Jr., becomes the first African American to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. The award is given posthumously after Olive dove on a live grenade, saving the lives of his fellow soldiers.

5. In 1974,  Lee Elder becomes the first African American professional golfer to qualify for the Masters Tournament.

6. In 1986,  Jordan scores 63 points against Boston Celtics.

7. In 1997,  Kenya’s Lamuck Aguta wins the 101st Boston Marathon.

8. In 2009,  President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.


Events In African American History For April 18

1. In 1966,  William Felton (Bill) Russell became the first Black head coach of a major professional sports team (Boston Celtics)

2. In 1975,  James Benton Parsons, educator, Lawyer and judge was named chief judge of the Federal District Court in Chicago.

3. In 1977,  Alex Haley, author of ROOTS, awarded Pulitzer Prize.

4. In 1983,  Alice Walker awarded Pulitzer Prize for The Color Purple.

5. In 1988, Ibrahim Hussein from Kenya Became the first Black Man to win the Boston Marathon.  He ran it in 2:08:43 the second fastest in Boston Marathon history.


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