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

FEBRUARY 9

1902 Juanita Shanks Craft (Texas-born African-American Civil Rights Activist) Texas Political & Social Leaders Civil Rights/Human Rights African-American Political and Social Leaders NAACP Texas State Historical Association
1943 Barbara Lewis (Michigan-born African-American Popular Singer) Michigan Performing Artists Popular Musicians Notable African Americans African American Registry
1944 Alice Walker (Georgia-born African-American Awarded the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for "The Color Purple") Alice Walker Poetry Notable African Americans 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Color Purple
1963 Whitney Houston (New Jersey-born Grammy Award-Winning African-American Popular Singer) Whitney Houston Popular Musicians African American Performing Artists
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1906 Paul Laurence Dunbar (Ohio-born African-American Poet) Paul Laurence Dunbar Poetry Notable African Americans
1939 Herschel Evans (Texas-born African-American Jazz Saxophonist) Texas Performing Artists Jazz African American Performing Artists Texas State Historical Association
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1837 Seminole Indians Attack Company K of the 4th U.S. Infantry Near Clear River, Florida, Killing One Officer Florida Seminole Indians Death Florida Historical Society
1953 Ralph Ellison Receives the National Book Award for The Invisible Man Ralph Ellison African American Authors Noted African Americans Looksmart
1971 New Negro Leagues Committee Nominates Satchel Paige for Baseball's Hall of Fame Alabama Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame Noted African Americans New York Times
1976 Special Negro Leagues Committee Selects Oscar Charleston for Baseball's Hall of Fame Indiana Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame Noted African Americans Baseball Library
1995 Two Astronauts Are First African-American and First Briton to Walk in Space Michael Foale Bernard Harris Astronauts African-American History BBC

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