June 2017



June 1 Morgan Porterfield Freeman, Jr., actor and film director was born in Memphis, Tennessee, 1937.
June 2 Charles Sifford, hall of fame golfer who helped to desegregate the PGA of America, was born in Charlotte, NC, 1922.
June 3 Josephine Baker, entertainer and actress, was born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, Missouri, 1906.
June 4 Roland G. Fryer, Jr., youngest African American ever granted tenure at Harvard University, was born in Daytona Beach, 1977.
June 5 John Wesley Carlos, hall of fame track and field athlete and 1968 Olympics medal ceremony protester, was born in Harlem, New York, 1945.
June 6 Tommie Smith, hall of fame track and field athlete and 1968 Olympics medal ceremony protester, was born in Clarksville, Texas, 1944.
June 7 Gail Fisher became the first African American to win an Emmy Award, 1970.
June 8 William D. “Willie” Davenport, hall of fame track and field athlete, was born in Troy, Alabama, 1943.
June 9 William Pinkney became the fourth American and the first African American to sail solo around the world, 1992.
June 10 Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., publisher, entrepreneur, orator and Black Nationalist, died., 1940.
June 11 George Wallace stood in the doorway of Foster Auditorium blocking Malone and Hood, from enrolling, 1963.
June 12 Medgar W. Evers, civil rights leader, is assassinated in Jackson, Mississippi, 1963.
June 13 Thurgood Marshall nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Lyndon Johnson, 1967.
June 14 Nat (pronounced Nate) Love, one of the most famous cowboys of the Old West, was born in Davidson County, Tennessee, 1854.
June 15 Ella Jane Fitzgerald, hall of fame jazz and pop vocalist also known as the “First Lady of Song,” died, 1996.
June 16 Eddie Levert, lead vocalist of the R&B vocal group The O’Jays, was born in Bessemer, Alabama, 1942.
June 17 Minuteman Peter Salem fights in the Battle of Bunker Hill, 1775.
June 18 Sallie Martin, the “Mother of Gospel Music” and entrepreneur, died, 1988.
June 19 African Americans in Texas are notified of Emancipation Proclamation, issued in 1863. “Juneteenth,” marks the event, 1865.
June 20 Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr., singer, songwriter and record producer, was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, 1949.
June 21 James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, civil rights activist, were murdered near Philadelphia, MS, 1964.
June 22 Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmeling at 2:04 of 1st round at Yankee Stadium, 1938.
June 23 Wilma Rudolph, first American woman to win 3 Gold medals in track and field in a single Olympic Games, was born in Clarksdale, TN, 1940.
June 24 Jeanine Menze became the first African American female to earn United States Coast Guard aviation designation, 2005.
June 25 James H. Meredith, the first African American student at the University of Mississippi, was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, 1933.
June 26 James Weldon Johnson, author, diplomat, poet, songwriter of “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, and civil rights activist died, 1938.
June 27 Paul Laurence Dunbar, poet, was born in Dayton, Ohio, 1872.
June 28 U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Muhammad Ali for refusing to be inducted into the military, 1971.
June 29 Charles Everett Dumas became the first person to high jump seven feet, 1956.
June 30 Lena Mary Calhoun Horne, singer, actress, dancer and civil rights activist, was born in Brooklyn, New York, 1917.
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