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

MAY 1

1762 James Durham (Pennsylvania-born Physician) Pennsylvania Scientists and Mathematicians Medicine Notable African Americans
1901 Sterling A. Brown (Washington, D.C.-born African-American Poet) Sterling Brown Poetry Notable African Americans
1915 Archie Williams (California-born African-American Olympic 400m Track and Field Gold Medalist) California Sports Figures Track & Field 400m Olympic Gold Medalist in the 1936 Summer Olympics African-American Sports Figures African American Registry
1924 Evelyn Boyd Granville (Washington, D.C.-born African-American Mathematician and Educator) Washington, D.C. Scientists & Mathematicians Mathematics Noted Educators African-American Scientists & Mathematicians African American Registry
Mabel "Big Maybelle" Smith (Tennessee-born African-American Jazz Singer) Tennessee Performing Artists Jazz Vocalist African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1930 Little Walter (Louisiana-born African-American Blues Singer and Harmonica Player) Louisiana Performing Artists Jazz and Blues African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
Ollie Matson (Texas-born African-American Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame) Texas Sports Figures African-American Sports Figures Professional Football Hall of Fame
1934 Shirley Horn (Washington, D.C.-born African-American Jazz Pianist and Singer) Washington, D.C. Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1939 Max Robinson (Virginia-born African-American Broadcast Journalist) Virginia Authors & Journalists Media Journalism African-American Authors & Journalists African American Registry
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1998 Eldrige Cleaver (Arkansas-born Leader of the Black Panther Party; Author of Soul on Ice) Eldrige Cleaver Amercan Civil Right Movement American Authors African-American Political and Social Leaders
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1840 The Ohio Institution for the Blind Hires Its First Superintendent Ohio Education Education Blindness IntelliHealth
1884 Moses Fleetwood Walker Is the First African American to Play in a Professional Baseball Game Ohio Sports Figures Baseball African-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts New York Times
1896 In Minnesota, Three-Quarters of Red Lake Indian Reservation Land Is Opened to White Settlement Minnesota Native-American Heritage Westward Expansion Minnesota Historical Society
1946 First African-American Named U.S. Mother of the Year Parenting African-American History Historic Firsts
1951 Minnie Minoso Is the First African-American Player for the Chicago White Sox Cuban Sports Figures Chicago Sports Figures Historic Firsts Baseball Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures Latin-American Sports Figures African American Registry
1953 Divinity Student Is First African American Admitted to Vanderbilt University Tennessee Education African-American History Vanderbilt University
1975 U.S. Postal Service Issues Stamp Honoring African-American Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar Paul Laurence Dunbar U.S. Postal Service Poetry African-American Poets Internet Movie Database
2001 Klansman Convicted of 1963 Bombing of 16th St. Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama 16th Street Church Bombing Law African-American History African American Registry
2006 Over a Million Demonstrate Across America in Support of Legalizing Undocumented Immigrant Workers Immigration Rights Hispanic Heritage NPR

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