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

OCTOBER 7

1821 William Still (New Jersey-born African-American Abolitionist) New Jersey Political & Social Leaders Abolition African-American Political and Social Leaders
1857 Moses Fleetwood Walker (Ohio-born African-American Baseball Player) Ohio Sports Figures Baseball African American Sports Figures
1887 Sargent Johnson (Massachusetts-born African-American Artist) Massachusetts Artists American Artists Famous African Americans African Americans Registry
1891 Archibald Motley, Jr. (New Orleans-born African-American Artist) New Orleans Artists American Artists African-American Artists African Americans Registry
1897 Elijah Muhammad (Georgia-born African-American Religious Leader) Elijah Muhammad Islam U.S. Civil Rights African-American Political and Social Leaders
1912 Charleszetta "Mother" Waddles (Missouri-born African-American Religious Leader) Missouri Political and Social Leaders Detroit Political and Social Leaders Religious Leaders African-American Political and Social Leaders African Americans Registry
1930 Edmond J. Gong (Florida-born Politician; First Chinese-American Elected to the Florida Legislature) Florida Political and Social leader Asian-American Political and Social Leaders
1934 Amiri Baraka (New Jersey-born African-American Author, Playwright) Amiri Baraka Plays Famous African Americans
1955 Yo-Yo Ma (Asian-American Cellist) Yo-Yo Ma Classical Musicians Asian-American Studies
1966 Sherman Alexie (Washington-born Native-American Poet, Essayist) Washington Authors and Illustrators Native American Authors & Illustrators Poetry Writer's Almanac
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1759 Indians Defeat Spanish Troops Along the Red River Spain Texas Native American Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1861 In Tahlequah, Oklahoma, a Treaty Is Signed Aligning the Cherokee Nation with the Confederacy Tahlequah, Oklahoma Cherokee Historic U.S. Documents American Civil War Oklahoma State Library
1868 Freedmen's Bureau Agent, William G. Kirkman, Is Assassinated in Boston, Texas Boston, Texas Racism Crime Reconstruction Death Texas State Historical Association
1935 Amelia Earhart Speaks to the Women's City Club in St. Paul, Minnesota St. Paul, Minnesota Female American Explorers and Aviators Amelia Earhart Aviation Minnesota Historical Society
1954 Marian Anderson Is First African-American Singer Hired by NYC Metropolitan Opera Metropolitan Opera Marian Anderson Opera African-American History Historic Firsts New York Times
1993 Toni Morrison Is First African-American Selected for the Nobel Prize in Literature Toni Morrison Famous African Americans Historic Firsts 1993 Nobel Laureate for Literature

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