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Events In African American History For April 17


1. In 1863, A Black woman was forcibly removed from a horse-drawn streetcar in San Francisco. Charlotte L. Brown, the daughter of James E. and Charlotte Brown was the victim. Her father, who ran a livery stable in San Francisco, brought suit on her behalf against the Omnibus Railroad Company. The successful suit resulted in $5,000 in damages awarded as well as the right of blacks to ride the street cars. The Charlotte Brown case was one of a few civil rights cases brought by prominent free blacks in California to protest discrimination on public transportation.

2. In 1890, The founding of Harris-Stowe State College (HSSC) is celebrated on this date. It is one of over 100 historical Black Colleges and Universities in America.

3. In 1900, J. W. Smith Received Patent for Improvement in games

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4. In 1990, Playwright August Wilson won his second Pulitzer Prize for drama with the play “The Piano Lesson.”

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5. In 2006,  T.I.’s “King” Tops Jet Magazine’s top 20 album list.

6. in 2011, Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Wood’s Niece,  a 20-year-old Wake Forest student, won the ACC Women’s Golf Championship  with a closing round of 3-under 68. She played a bogey-free round, and won the ACC golf title by 7 shots!


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