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This Week in African-American History: May 9 to May 15

By May 11, 2012

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May 9

1800:Abolitionist John Brown is born.

1867:Abolitionist and feminist Sojourner Truth delivers a speech at the first meeting of the American Equal Rights Association.

May 10

1837:Pickney Benton Stewart Pinchback, a lieutenant governor of Louisiana during the Reconstruction Era is born.

1919:One of the riots associated with the Red Summer of 1919 occurs in Charleston. Two African-Americans are killed.

1950:Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American to appear of the cover of Life magazine.

May 11

Louis Farrakhan, a leader in the Nation of Islam is born.

May 12

1950:Oscar DePriest, the first African-American to serve in the United States Congress, dies.

1968:Participants in Martin Luther King Jr.'s Poor People's Campaign begin a two-week protest in Washington D.C.

May 13

1914: Heavyweight boxing champion, Joe Louis, is born.

May 14

1963:Arthur Ashe becomes the first African-American to make the U.S. Davis Cup tennis team.

May 15

1942:The 92nd Infantry is activated in the South Pacific, becoming the first African-American division formed during World War Two.

Suggested Reading


John Brown

Jackie Robinson

Joe Louis

Arthur Ashe


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