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Dr. Charles West: Las Vegas’ First African-American Doctor

Apr 27, 2020 10:13 am

Dr. Charles West was a prominent African-American figure who worked to advance the cause of civil rights in Southern Nevada. Charles I. West was born in Washington, D.C. on September 27, 1908. His parents, Dr. Charles and Rebekah West, had four children. Charles I. West completed high school at the Williston Academy for boys in […]

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Thomas Jeremiah: Charleston Harbor Pilot

Apr 27, 2020 10:13 am

Thomas Jeremiah, or “Jerry,” was a free person of color who earned a living by navigating ships through the treacherous waters of Charleston harbor. Little is known about his life. It appears that he obtained his freedom sometime in the mid-to-late eighteenth century. In addition to his skills as a harbor pilot, Jeremiah worked as […]

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June 2, 1981: Football Player Ron Settles Murdered in Police Custody

Apr 27, 2020 10:13 am

June 2, 1981: Ron Settles was murdered while in police custody by Signal Hill Police in California. Ron Settles was a California State University, Long Beach and Banning High School football player who was arrested by the Signal Hill Police Department in 1981. The Arrest and Murder: The incident began when he was pulled over […]

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John Hope Franklin: Pioneer Historian & Author

Apr 27, 2020 10:13 am

John Hope Franklin is recognized as one of the most renowned historians of his time. Franklin is also an author of the book, From Slavery to Freedom, which was originally published in 1947. He was a man of many first incluing the first African-American leader of the American Historical Association. Franklin was born in the […]

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June 2, 1965: The Murder of Oneal Moore, First Black Deputy Sheriff of Washington Parish

Apr 27, 2020 10:13 am

June 2, 1965: Oneal Moore, the first black deputy sheriff for the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office in Varnado, Louisiana, is murdered. Moore, who was 34-year-old Army veteran, left behind a wife and four daughters at the time of his death. Moore was murdered by members of the Ku Klux Klan in a drive-by shooting on Wednesday, June 2nd. […]

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John C. Norman Jr: Cardiovascular Surgeon and Artificial Heart Pioneer

Apr 27, 2020 10:13 am

John C. Norman Jr. was a pioneer cardiovascular surgeon and artificial heart pioneer. Norman was born May 11, 1929, in Charleston, West Virginia. His mother Ruth Stephenson Norman was a longtime educator in Kanawha County; his father John Norman Sr. was an architect and structural engineer. After graduating valedictorian from Garnet High School in 1946, […]

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June 2, 1998: Junkyard Dog died in a single-car accident returning home from his daughter’s high school graduation

Apr 27, 2020 10:13 am

June 2, 1998: Junkyard Dog died in a single-car accident around 11:40 a.m. on Interstate 20 near Forest, Mississippi, as he was returning home from his daughter’s high school graduation in Wadesboro, North Carolina. Indications show that he fell asleep at the wheel and his car flipped three times. He was laid in an unmarked […]

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Lubertha Johnson: Las Vegas Community Activist

Apr 27, 2020 10:13 am

Lubertha Johnson was a Las Vegas community activist who helped other community leaders organize strikes. Johnson was born in 1906 on a Mississippi farm, and raised by her grandmother. She had originally planned to be a teacher, but due to the Great Depression and her father’s ill health, she was instead forced to join her […]

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June 1, 2007: The Body Of Tony Thompson, Lead Vocalist of Hi-Five, Was Discovered Outside An Apartment Complex

Apr 27, 2020 10:13 am

June 1, 2007: Around 10:00 p.m., Tony Thompson’s body was discovered near an air-conditioning unit outside of an apartment complex in Waco, Texas. Dr. Reade A. Quinton, a medical examiner at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences, determined that 31-year-old Thompson died from “toxic effects of chlorodifluoromethane,” or accidentally inhaling a toxic amount of Freon. Tony […]

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Spiritualist Nehanda Charwe Nyakasikana: “My Bones Will Rise Again”

Apr 27, 2020 10:13 am

Nehanda Charwe Nyakasikana was a female spiritualist leader from Mashonaland and a key leader in the First Chimurenga uprisings against colonial settlers 1896-1897. Nehanda’s dying words, “My bones will rise again,” predicted the Second Chimurenga, which culminated in the independence of present-day Zimbabwe. Nehanda was considered to be the female incarnation of the oracle spirit […]

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