November 2017



Nov 1 John H. Johnson published the first issue of Ebony Magazine, 1945.
Nov 2 President Ronald Reagan signed the legislation creating a federal Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, 1983.
Nov 3 John Baxter Taylor, Jr., the first African American to win an Olympic Gold medal, was born in Washington, D. C., 1883.
Nov 4 Barack Obama was elected the first African American President of the United States, 2008.
Nov 5 Shirley Chisolm of Brooklyn, N.Y., becomes the first African American woman elected to Congress, 1968.
Nov 6 James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson compose “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, widely regarded as the Black national anthem, 1901.
Nov 7 Douglas Wilder becomes the first African American to be elected governor in the United States, 1989.
Nov 8 Crystal B. Fauset, elected state representative in PA, becoming the first African American woman to serve in a state legislature, 1938.
Nov 9 Benjamin Banneker, mathematician, inventor, astronomer, surveyor and almanac author, was born in Ellicott’s Mills, Maryland, 1731.
Nov 10 Benjamin Thornton received patent number 1,831,331 for an Apparatus for automatically recording telephone messages, 1931.
Nov 11 George R. Carruthers awarded patent 3,478,216 for his Image Converter for Detecting Electromagnetic Radiation, 1969.
Nov 12 The National Negro Opera Company was founded in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania by Mary Cardwell Dawson, 1941.
Nov 13 Whoopi Goldberg, actress, comedienne and activist, was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in New York City, 1955.
Nov 14 Condoleezza Rice, professor, diplomat and national security expert, was born in Birmingham, Alabama, 1954.
Nov 15 Lydia Newman of New York City received patent number 614,335 for a new and improved hair brush, 1898.
Nov 16 William Christopher “W.C.” Handy, hall of fame blues composer and musician, was born in Florence, Alabama, 1873.
Nov 17 Samuel L. Younge, Jr., first African American college student to die in the Civil Rights Movement, was born in Tuskegee, AL, 1944.
Nov 18 Harold W. Moon, one of only two people to be enshrined in the Canadian and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was born in Los Angeles, CA, 1956.
Nov 19 Annette Gordon-Reed, first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for History “The Hemingses of Monticello….” born in Livingston, TX, 1958.
Nov 20 Dominique M. Dawes, member of the first U.S. women’s team to win an Olympic Gold in gymnastics, was born in Silver Spring, MD, 1976.
Nov 21 George Branham, III, the first African American to win a Professional Bowlers Association title, was born in Detroit, Michigan, 1962.
Nov 22 William J. Powell, the first African American to design, build and operate his own golf course, was born in Greenville, Alabama, 1916.
Nov 23 John L. Love, received patent 594,114 for a pencil sharpener that used a crank to sharpen pencils, 1897.
Nov 24 Oscar Palmer Robertson “The Big O”, hall of fame basketball player, was born in Charlotte, Tennessee, 1938.
Nov 25 Percy Sledge, hall of fame R&B and soul performer, was born in Leighton, Alabama, 1940.
Nov 26 Sojourner Truth, abolitionist and women’s rights activist, died, 1883.
Nov 27 James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix, hall of fame guitarist, singer and songwriter, was born in Seattle, Washington, 1942.
Nov 28 Berry Gordy, Jr., hall of fame record producer and founder of Motown Records, was born in Detroit, Michigan, 1929.
Nov 29 Coleman Alexander Young, the first African American Mayor of Detroit, Michigan, died, 1997.
Nov 30 James Arthur Baldwin, novelist, playwright, poet, essayist and civil rights activist, died, 1987.
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