Sunday, 08 March 2009 10:18
Did you know you can get the Pasadena Journal weekly print publication for more news and information?
4/24/1884: National Medical Association of Black Physicians organizes in Atlanta, GA.
4/24/1944: Bill Pickett, cowboy, bulldogging rodeo event creator, & Wild West Show star, dies. Read More.
4/25/1918: Ella Fitzgerald, "First Lady of Song," born. Read More.
4/25/1950: Charles "Chuck" Cooper, athlete, first African American drafted by NBA team Boston Celtics.
4/26/1844: Jim Beckwourth, explorer, fur trader, mountain man, discovered path through Sierra Nevadas. Beckwourth Pass (U.S. Alt 40 between Reno, NV & Sacramento, CA) made overland travel to gold fields possible.
4/26/1886: Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Blues musician, born.
4/27/1903: W.E.B. DuBois, sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, editor, author, published "The Souls of Black Folk", crystallizing opposition to Booker T. Washington's program of social and political subordination.
4/27/1903: Maggie L. Walker named president of Richmond's St. Luke Bank and Trust Company, becoming first Black woman to head a bank.
4/27/1927: Coretta Scott, civil rights activist, born.
4/28/1924: Don Redman, musical prodigy, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, vocalist & bandleader, first to use oboe as jazz instrument in "After the Storm" solo.
4/29/1945: Richard Wright, author, book, 'Black Boy,' reaches first place on National Best Seller Book List.
4/30/1863: Sarah Thompson Garnet, educator, becomes first African American female principal in New York City public school system.
4/30/1926: Bessie Coleman, first Black woman pilot, dies during Jacksonville FL Negro Welfare League exhibition. Read More.