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

DECEMBER 16

1863 George Santayana (Spanish-American Philosopher, Poet) George Santayana Poetry Latin-American Studies
1956 E. B. (Earl Bradley) Lewis (Pennsylvania-born African-American Children's Author, Illustrator) E.B. Lewis American Artists Young-adult Authors African-American Authors
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1847 Georgia's Governor Signs Legislation Authorizing Construction of a State School for the Deaf Georgia Education Education Deafness University of Georgia
1859 2 of 5 African-Americans Participants Are Hanged for the Harper's Ferry Raid John Brown Capital Punishment Death African-American Heritage African American Heritage
1898 U.S. President William McKinley Visits Alabama's Tuskegee Institute at the Invitation of Booker T. Washington, the School's President Tuskegee, Alabama Booker T. Washington President William McKinley Education African American Heritage Tuskegee University Alabama State Archives
1961 263 Demonstrators Led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Are Arrested on the Steps of the Albany, Georgia City Hall Albany, Georgia Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil Rights/Human Rights Crime African-American Heritage University of Georgia
1976 President Jimmy Carter Appoints Georgia Congressman Andrew Young U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. The United Nations Andrew Young President Jimmy Carter African-American History University of Georgia
1991 United Nations Rescinds 1975 Resolution Equating Zionism with Racism The United Nations Israel Judaism Racism
2000 President-elect George W. Bush Selects Colin Powell as the First African-American Secretary of State Colin Powell Secretary of State George W. Bush African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts African American Heritage

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