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

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1806 Stand Watie (Georgia-born Leader of the Cherokee Indians and Brigadier-General in the Confederate Army) Stand Watie American Civil War Cherokee Indian Nation
1897 Lillian Smith (Florida-born Author and Civil Rights Advocate) Florida Authors & Illustrators Civil Rights/Humans Rights Racism University of Georgia
1918 Joe Williams (Georgia-born African-American Blues Musician, Singer) Joe Williams Jazz & Blues Famous African Americans
1940 Dionne Warwick (New York-born African-American Popular Singer) Dionne Warwick Popular Musicians Famous African Americans
1943 Grover Washington, Jr (New York-born African-American Jazz Saxophonist) New York Performing Artists Jazz & Blues African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1945 Tony Williams (Chicago-born African-American Jazz Drummer) Chicago Performing Artists Jazz & Blues African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1912 Henry Armstrong (Mississippi-born African-American Member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame) Mississippi Sports Figures Boxing Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures African American Registry
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1829 Georgia's Governor Signs Act Making It Illegal to Teach a Slave or Free Black to Read or Write Georgia Education Racism University of Georgia
1870 Joseph H. Rainey (SC), First African-American Member of U. S. House of Representatives South Carolina Political and Social Leaders U.S. House of Representatives African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts New York Times
1899 African-American Dentist, George F Grant, Applies for a Patent of the Wooden Golf Tee Inventors & Inventions Patents & Trademarks Golf African-American Scientists & Inventors African American Registry
1917 Father Flanagan Establishes Boys Town Boys Town Child Advocacy The History Channel
1961 300 African-American Students Protest Trial of 11 Freedom Riders Being Held in Albany, Georgia Georgia Human Rights/Civil Rights Racism Law and Legal Resources University of Georgia
1975 National Association of Black Journalists Is Founded in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Journalism African-American Authors & Illustrators National Association of Black Journalists African American Registry
1995 Willie Brown Is Elected as the First African-American Mayor of San Francisco San Francisco African-American History Elections Historic Firsts
2000 Alex Rodriguez Signs 10-year $252M Contract New York City Sports Figures Baseball Business & Economics Hispanic Sports Figures CNN

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