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


1823 Thomas Higginson (Massachusetts-born Abolitionist Who Led the First African-American Regiment to Serve in the Civil War) Massachusetts Political and Social Leaders Abolition American Civil War
1883 Arthur Wergs Mitchell (Alabama-born Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois) Alabama Political and Social Leaders Illinois Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress African American Political and Social Leaders African American REgistry
1898 Chancellor Williams (South Carolina-born African-American Historian, Author) South Carolina Authors African-American Authors African American Heritage
1905 James Porter (Maryland-born African-American Painter, Educator, Art Historian ) Maryland Artists American Artists Educators of Note African-American Artists African American Heritage
1939 Jerry Pinkney (Pennsylvania-born African-American Children's Author, Illustrator Awarded 4 Caldecott Medals) Jerry Pinkney Primary Children's Authors American Artists African American Artists Awarded 4 Caldecott Medals - 2000 for The Ugly Duckling, in 1995 for John Henry by Julius Lester, in 1990 for The Talking Eggs by Robert D. San Souci, and in 1989 for Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia C. McKissack
1948 Lynne Thigpen (Illinois-born African-American Actress) Illinois Performing Artists Actors Film African American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1960 Jean-Michel Basquiat (New York City-born African-American Artist) Jean-Michel Basquiat American Artists African-American Artists Latin-American Artists
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1939 Gertrude "Ma" Rainey (Georgia-born African-American Blues Singer) Ma Rainey Blues & Jazz Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African-American Performing Artists
2001 Kato Shidzue (Japanese Feminist and One of the First Women Elected to the Japanese D: 104 Years Old) Japanese Political and Social Leaders Womren Asian History
1829 Georgia's Governor George Gilmer Signs Act Forbidding Teaching Slaves or Free Blacks to Read or Write Georgia Government Racism Education Law and Legal Resources African-American Heritage University of Georgia
1943 W.E.B. Du Bois Is Elected as the First African-American Member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters W.E.B. DuBois American Authors Civil Rights African-American Authors Historic Firsts American Academy of Arts and Letters University of Georgia
2001 Shani Davis Is the First African-American to Qualify for the U.S. Olympic Speed Skating Team Chicago Sports Figures Speed Skating Olympic Games African-American Sports Figures African American Registry
2010 President Obama Signs Bill Repealing "Don't Ask Don't Tell," Allowing Homosexuals to Serve Openly in the U.S. Military U.S. Diversity U.S. Military President Barack Obama National Public Radio

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