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​January 7, 1974: Maynard Jackson Is Sworn In As Mayor

Jan 07, 2019 12:17 am

Jackson became the 1st African-American mayor of Atlanta. He served three terms, two consecutive terms from 1974 until 1982 and a third term from 1990 to 1994.  MAYOR OF ATLANTA: During Jackson’s first term as the mayor, much progress was made in improving race relations in and around Atlanta. As mayor, he led the beginnings and much […]

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Levi Foster: Opened One of the First Black-Owned Livery Stables in Canada

Jan 07, 2019 12:17 am

Levi Foster, a freedman born in Ohio on March 29, 1811, was a successful businessman who played an important role in the Black community. He and his wife, Elizabeth, had a home in Ohio that was a known stop on the Underground Railroad. It is believed they helped many fugitive slaves on their way to […]

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The Incredible & Wonderful Ms. Katherine Johnson.

Jan 07, 2019 12:17 am

Katherine Johnson is a physicist, space scientist, and mathematician who contributed to America’s aeronautics and space programs with the early application of digital electronic computers at NASA.  Her courage and perseverance helped to lead the way for both women and African-Americans in technical fields. Graduating high school at 14, Johnson received her B.S. degree in French […]

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​January 6, 1995: Coach Lenny Wilkens Makes NBA History

Jan 07, 2019 12:17 am

Atlanta Coach Lenny Wilkens passed the legendary Red Auerbach to become the NBA’s all-time winningest coach, with 939 career victories, after the Hawks defeated Washington 112-90 at the Omni.  Wilkens reached the victory record in his 22nd year as an NBA coach, including four as a player-coach. In tribute to Auerbach, Wilkens puffed on a […]

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Dr. Patricia Bath: A Pioneer in Cataract Surgery

Jan 07, 2019 12:17 am

By Ishan Sen Patricia Era Bath, a renowned ophthalmologist, academic and inventor, has to her credit a number of path-breaking achievements, the most prominent of them being the first African American female physician to receive a patent for a medical invention. Bath was born on November 4, 1942, to Rupert and Gladys Bath in the […]

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Collect or Forget? The Debate Surrounding the Collection of Historic, yet Racist, Artifacts

Jan 07, 2019 12:17 am

BY: ROBERT HAVELKA Slavery and the racist ideology it was founded upon has left a terrible scar on American history. The effects of the horrific institution are still felt today – institutional racism still leaves more Black men in prison than any other demographic, fewer Black businesses and owners with little to no access to capital, and […]

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​January 6, 2005: Edgar Ray “Preacher” Killen is Finally Arrested

Jan 07, 2019 12:17 am

Edgar Ray Killen is arrested as a suspect in the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers: James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. On June 21, 2005, the 41st anniversary of the crime, has found guilty in state court of three counts of manslaughter. He appealed the verdict, but his sentence of three times […]

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​January 3, 2005: Barack Obama Is Sworn In As Senator

Jan 07, 2019 12:17 am

Obama became the only Senate member of the Congressional Black Caucus. CQ Weekly characterized him as a “loyal Democrat” based on analysis of all Senate votes in 2005–2007. Obama announced on November 13, 2008, that he would resign his Senate seat on November 16, 2008, before the start of the lame-duck session, to focus on […]

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