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

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1887 Florence Smith Price (Arkansas-born African-American Composer, Pianist, Organist) Arkansas Composers American Composers Organ African-American Composers African American Registry
1898 Paul Robeson (New Jersey-born African-American Actor, Singer, Political Activist) Paul Robeson Actors Opera Civil Rights African Americans Performing Artists
1979 Keshia Knight Pulliam (New Jersey-born African-American Actress: Rudi on The Cosby Show) Keshia Knight Pulliam Actors Television Famous African Americans
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1796 Bethel African Church, Philadelphia: First US-African Church Religion African-American History Historic Firsts African-American Registry
1816 A Three-Day Meeting Is Begun in Philadelphia to Organize the African Methodist Episcopal Church Philadelphia, PA Religion African-American Heritage University of North Carolina African Methodist Episcopal Church African American Registry
1866 Congress Overturns Veto by President Johnson to Pass Civil Rights Bill Granting African Americans Full U.S. Citizenship U.S. Congress President Andrew Johnson Historic U.S. Documents Civil Rights African American History PBS African American Registry
1931 The Scottsboro Boys, Eight African-American Young Men Ages 13 to 21, Are Sentenced to Death Scottsboro Boys Trial Crime Law Capital Punishment Civil Rights/Human Rights African-American Heritage Alabama State Archives
1939 More Than 75,000 Attend a Marian Anderson Open-Air Easter Concert at the Lincoln Memorial The Lincoln Memorial Marian Anderson Opera African-American Performing Artists History Channel
1947 Members of the Congress on Racial Equality Begin 14-Day Freedom Ride to Protest Segregation on Interstate Bus Kentucky Tennessee North Carolina Virginia Civil and Human Rights African American Heritage Spartacus
1968 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Is Buried in Atlanta, Georgia Atlanta, Georgia Martin Luther King, Jr. National Park Service University of Georgia
1990 Agreement Grants Native Americans Control of 180,000 sq. km of Canada's Northwest Territory Mackenzie Valley Canada Native-American Heritage Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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