Return Today in the History of America's Diversity Heritage Return

JANUARY 2

1895 Folke Bernadotte (Member of the Swedish Royal Family, Diplomat, Humanitarian) Swedish Political and Social Leaders World War II The Holocaust
1898 Sadie Alexander (Pennsylvania-born African-American Attorney, Civil Rights Advocate) Sadie Alexander Law and Legal Resources Human Rights/Civil Rights African-American Political and Social Leaders
1884 Oscar Micheaux (Illinois-born: First African-American to Produce a Feature-Length Film) Illinois Performing Artists Filmmakers African-American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1906 Elmer Simms Campbell (Missouri-born: First African-American Syndicated Cartoonist) Missouri Artists Cartoons and Comics Journalism African-American Artists African American Registry
1911 St. Clair Drake (Virginia-born African American Scholar, Anthropologist, Sociologist, Educator) Virginia Authors Education African-American History African American Registry
1913 Juanita Jackson Mitchell (Arkansas-born African-American Attorney, Civil Rights Advocate) Arkansas Political and Social Leaders Law and Legal Resources Human Rights/Civil Rights African-American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1932 Jean Little (Canadian Children's Author) Canadian Authors Young-Adult Children's Authors Special Needs Education
1968 Cuba Gooding, Jr. (New York City-born African-American Actors Awarded the 1996 Academy Award for a Supporting Actor) New York City Performing Artists American Performing Artists Film African-American Performing Artists The Academy Awards Biography.com African American Registry
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1852 In California, a U.S. Land Commission Begins 5 Years of Hearings to Determine the Validity of Spanish and Mexican Land Grants Spain Mexico California Economics Law and Legal Resources Hispanic Heritage Learn California
1898 Booker T. Washington Speaks in Jacksonville, Florida on the Advancement of the American Negro Jacksonville, Florida BookerT. Washington Florida Historical Society
1933 Frederick Douglass Dedicates the Haitian Pavilion at Chicago's Columbian Exposition Haiti Frederick Douglass Chicago African-American Heritage Library of Congress
1953 Mrs. Arnold Schmidt Is Hired as the First Female Employee of the Janesville, Wisconsin Police Department Janesville, Wisconsin Women Law Enforcement Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1965 Martin Luther King, Jr. Launches Mass Marches in Selma, Alabama to Protect African-American Voting Rights Selma, Alabama Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. U.S. Civil Rights Movement African-American Heritage University of Georgia
1970 At Michigan State, Clifton Wharton Takes Office as the First African-American President of a Major U.S. University Michigan Education Education African American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts Michigan State University Michigan State Historical Society
1974 Coleman Young Begins 20-year Term as Detroit's First African-American Mayor Detroit Political and Social Leaders Coleman Young African American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts Michigan State Historical Society
1991 Sharon Pratt Dixon Takes Office as the First Female American-American Mayor of Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Political and Social Leaders Female American Political and Social Leaders African American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts New York Times

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