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Events In African American History For February 25

1. In 1839,  Seminoles & black allies forced from Tampa Bay Fl., to the West, by foot, horse and wagon which would later be know as the “Trail Of  Tears.”

2. In 1853,   First Black Y.M.C.A.  organized in Washington D.C.

3. In 1870,  Hiram R. Revels, first Black US Senator, took oath of office

4. In 1896,  Jan E. Matzeliger received Patent for Nailing machine

5. In 1928,  One-Man Show of Art by Negro, First of Kind Here, Opens Today,” read the headline of a front-page article in ‘The New York Times’ on this day. The article announced the opening of Archibald J. Motley, Jr’s show at the New Gallery on Madison Avenue. This was the first time in History that an artist had made the front page of ‘The New York Times’ and it was the second one-person show by an African-American artist (the first being Henry O. Tanner).

6. In 1948,  Martin Luther King Jr. graduated from Morehouse with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, and enrolled in Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1951

7. In 1964,  Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston for world heavyweight boxing championship.

8. In 1971,  President Nixon met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus and appointed a White House panel to study a list of recommendations made by the group.

9. In 1987,  Michael Jordan, scores Chicago Bull record 58 points in a game

10. In 1987,  US Supreme Court upholds (5-4) affirmative action

11. In 1989,  Boxer Mike Tyson becomes the undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World by defeating challenger Frank Bruno of England.

12. In 1991,  Adrienne Mitchell, first African American woman to die in combat in the Persian Gulf War is killed in her military barracks in Dharan, Saudi Arabia

13. In 1998,  R. Kelly’s hit single “I Believe I Can Fly” win Best Male R&B Vocal, Best Song Written for TV or a Movie and Best R&B Song Grammy Awards.

14. In 1999,  White supremacist John King, one of three white men accused of chaining James Byrd to a pickup and dragging him along a Texas road until he was decapitated, was sentenced to death by lethal injection. If his death penalty is carried out, he will be the first white Texan executed for killing a Black man.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For November 28

1. Berry Gordy Jr., Founder Motown Record Co.

2. Sharon Epatha Merkerson, American Golden Globe-, Screen Actors Guild-, NAACP Image Award – and Emmy Award-winning actress (Law and Order). She appeared in 390 episodes of the series, more than any other cast member.

3. Ken Howell, former professional baseball player who pitched in the Major Leagues from 1984-90.

4. Ronald Bertram Aloysius “R. B.” Greaves III,  a singer who had chart success in 1969 with the pop single “Take a Letter Maria”. A #2 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, this single sold one million copies and earned a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Greaves also had a Top 40 pop hit a year later with “Always Something There to Remind Me”.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For November 26

1. Tina Turner (Anna Mae Bullock), Singer/Actress (What’s Love Got To Do With It)

2. Harold Craig Reynolds, Major League Baseball Player

3. Shawn Kemp, former professional basketball player, who played in the National Basketball Association for 14 seasons. He was a 6-time NBA All-Star, 3-time All-NBA Second Team member.

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