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

MAY 15

1916 Catherine East (West Virginia-born Women's Rights Advocate) West Virginia Political and Social Leaders Women Human Rights/Civil Rights
1919 Mary Eugenia Charles (Prime Minister of Dominica: 1980-1995) Dominican Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1930 María Irene Fornés (Cuban-American Playwright) María Irene Fornés Plays Latin-American Authors
1934 Alvin Francis Poussaint (New York City-born African-American Psychiatrist, Educator, Author) Alvin Francis Poussaint Bill Cosby Mental Health Psychology Child Advocacy African-American Studies
1969 Emmitt Smith (Florida-born African American Professional Football Player) Florida Sports Figures Professional Football Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures
1978 Amy Chow (California-born Asian-American Gymnast) California Sports Figures Gymnastics Asian American Studies
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1755 The Family of Tomás Sánchez de la Barrera y Garza Founds Laredo, Texas Laredo, Texas Hispanic Heritage Laredo, Texas Texas State Historical Society
1821 Five Georgia Counties Are Created From Land Ceded by the Creek Indians Georgia Cities and Counties Creek Indians University of Georgia
1891 Delaware General Assembly Establishes Delaware State University Delaware Education Education Delaware State University African American Registry
1916 White Vigilantes in Waco, Texas Torture, Burn and Mutilate a 17-year-old African-American Farmhand Waco, Texas Racism Death African-American Heritage Waco, Texas African American Registry Texas State Historical Society
1918 Two African-Americans Awarded France's Croix de Guerre France WWI African-American History
1923 Chip Woman's Fortune Is the First Dramatic Play by an African-American Author to be Performed on Broadway New York City Stage & Theater African American History Historic First Internet Broadway Database
1942 Congress Establishes Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) U.S. Congress Women Law World War II History Channel
1970 Police Kill Two African-American Students During Protests at Jackson State University Mississippi Education Education African-American Heritage Jackson State University New York Times African American Registry
1972 Presidential Candidate George Wallace Is Shot and Paralyzed George Wallace Politics and Elections Crime Special Education Court TV

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