Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Black History of April

April’s Black History Moments
*-not accurate date
April 1.
1949: "Happy Pappy", the first black variety show series with an all-black case is televised on WENR-TV in Chicago.
1950: Death of Dr. Charles Drew, the "Father of the Blood Bank"

1984: Singer, Marvin Gaye is murdered by his father
1899: North Carolina Mutual opened doors for business.

April 2
1796: L’Ovuerture lead French forces to St. Domingo.

1997: Controversy surrounds debate to teach Ebonics (so-called Black English) in California’s school.

April 3.
1950: Death of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Father of Black History"

April 4
1899: Birth of Duke Ellington

1968: Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
1993: 2 Mississippi Black churches are burned down by 3 white teens yelling racist remarks.
April 5.

1856: Birth of Booker T. Washington, founder of Tuskegee Institute

April 6.
1909: Matthew Henson becomes the first man to reach the North Pole.

1947: Jackie Robinson’s first game with Brooklyn Dodgers

April 7.
1942: Navy Secretary Frank Knox announced Black volunteers’ acceptance for general service in the Navy.
1917: Billie Holiday, legendary Blues singer born.
1975: Frank Robinson named manager for the Cleveland Indians.
2001: Unarmed Black teen, Timothy Thomas, shot by Cinncinati which sparked a riot a day later.

April 8.
1974: Hank Aaron breaks Babe Ruth’s major league record with 715 home runs.

2001: Tiger Woods wins Master’s Golf Tournament for fourth time

April 9.
1866: Congress overrode presidential veto of Civil Rights Bill

April 10
10. 1968: Civil Rights Bill passed

1833: Ira Aldridge acclaimed in London as Othello

April 11
1881: Spelman College founded
1899: Percy L Julian, chemist whose research helped create drugs for treatment of arthritis, born
1947: Jackie Robinson signs a professional baseball contract and becomes the first Black player in sports

April 12
1861: Confederates attacked Fort Sumter which sparked the Civil War.
1787: Free African Society founded.
1983: Harold Washington elected Mayor of Chicago.

April 13
1946: Singer, Al Green was born.
1997: Tiger Woods becomes the youngest and first man of color to win Master Golf Tournament

2000: An official Hip Hop Hall of Fame was announced.

April 14
1775: Anti-Slavery Society organized in Philadelphia (First abolitionist group)
1940: "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny," is adopted as an official state song. Making composer & minstrel entertainer, James Bland (1854-1911) the first Black to compose a song to become an official state song.

April 15
2001: Aaron McGruder’s "Boondocks" comic debuts & goes into National Syndication
1960: SNCC formed at Shaw Univ.

April 16
1869: E.D. Bassett minister to Haiti.
1862: Slavery abolished in D.C.

1980: The Republic of Zimbabwe ends its 90 year colonial rule.

April 17
1960: SNCC founded.
1758: Francis Williams published Latin poem.

April 18
1818: Blacks & Indians were defeated at the Battle of Sewanee.
1977: Alex Haley, author of "Roots", awarded Pultizer Prize.
2001: Death of Fred Jordan, Music/Talent Manager of MTV.

April 19
1775: Black & white minutemen fought at Lexington & Concord.

April 20
1866: Fisk University opens for students.
1853: Harriet Tubman starts the Underground Railroad

April 22
1970: Yale students protested in support of Black Panther Party.

1526: First Slave Revolt occurs in South Carolina.

April 23
1998: After accidentally rolling backwards during traffic stop, 3 Blacks & a Latino were shot on a Jersey Turnpike by troopers.
1913: National Urban League founded
1856: Birth of Inventor, Granville T. Woods.
April 24
1884: The Medico-Chirurgical Society, the oldest Black medical association in the U.S., is formed in D.C.
1950: First Black student attended Univ. of N.C.
1944: United Negro College Fund established

April 25
1941: Fair Employment Practices Comm. established
1945: United Nation founded.
1999: Roger Troutman of the Funk group Zapp dies.
2002: Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes of TLC dies from car accident in Honduras.

April 26
1886: Gertrude Pridgett "Ma" Rainey, Blues pioneer, is born.

April 27
1967: Muhammad Ali, world boxing champion, is stripped of his title for refusal to enter the armed forces.

April 29
1992: Riots erupted in Los Angeles and other cities after the verdict from the Rodney King Trial.
1845: Macon B. Allen and Robert Morris Jr, first Blacks to practice law, open practice.
1985: Col Frederick Gregory, first Black astronaut, piloted space shuttle Challenger.

April 30
1865: Freedmen’s Bureau established

1828: Shaka Zulu, the great Zula King, is killed.

1 comment:

  1. April 16 has been a city holiday in DC for as long as I can remember, but now our mayor, Adrian Fenty wants to take it out of the budget next year (to appease the influx of white affluent gentrifiers into the city I'd guess). The entire council is up in arms about it, calling the move "extremely disrespectful".