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

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1894 Hector Hyppolite (Haitian Author) Haiti African American Registry
1896 Lester Granger (Virginia-born African-American Civic Leader) Virginia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Government African American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1921 Jon Hendricks (Ohio-born African-American Jazz Vocalist) Ohio Performing Artists Jazz African American Performing Artists African American Registry
1925 B.B. King (Mississippi-born African-American Jazz Guitarist) B.B. King Jazz & Blues Famous African Americans
1943 James Alan McPherson (Georgia-born African-American Awarded the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Georgia Authors & Illustrators Awarded Pulitzer Prize for 1978 Fiction African-American Authors & Illustrators Writer's Almanac History Channel
1950 Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (West Virginia-born African-American Historian, Educator) Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Education Famous African Americans
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1712 New Mexico Governor, Marquez de La Peñuela, Issues Proclamation Establishing the First Fiesta de Santa Fe New Mexico Historic U.S. Documents Historic Firsts Santa Fe Fiesta Council New Mexico Magazine
1838 Potawatomi Indians Camp at Danville, Illinois on "Trail of Death" March to Kansas Indiana Illinois Missouri Kansas Potawatami Indians University of Kansas
1845 Illinois Mormons Murder Member Believed to be Christian Spy Illinois The Morman Church Death History Channel
1861 100+ Massachusetts Women Form a Ladies Soldier's Aid Society to Support Union Men on the Front and to Assist Their Families at Home Massachusetts Women American Civil War Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1878 First African-American Parochial School Opens in Little Rock, Arkansas Arkansas Education Religion African-American Heritage Historic Firsts Concordia
1893 Hundreds of Thousands of Settlers Race for Land in OK ''Cherokee Strip'' Oklahoma Westward Expansion History Channel
1933 Paul Robeson First African American to Star in Major Film: The Emperor Jones Paul Robeson Eugene O'Neill Film African American History Historic Firsts
1954 FBI Interviews Richard Wright in Paris About Relationship to the Communist Party Richard Wright McCarthyism/Red Scare FBI American Authors American Collection
1965 Duke Ellington's First Sacred Concert Is Premiered at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco Grace Cathedral, San Francisco Duke Ellington Religion American Composers Historic Firsts African American Composers American Public Media
1966 Leontyne Price Is First African American to Open a Metropolitan Opera Season Leontyne Price Opera African American History Historic Firsts Opera
1995 Native American, Henry Charles Boucha, Is Inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Minnesota Sports Figures Native-American Sports Figures Hockey Minnesota Historical Society

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