Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Today in Black History: August 11

Detroit native Kim Weston singing at Wattstax in 1966; introduced by Rev. Jesse Jackson.

 

James Rosamond Johnson, actor and composer of "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing", was born in Jackson Florida in 1873. James Rosamond wrote the music, and his brother, James Weldon Johnson, wrote the music. This song is often referred to as the "Negro National Anthem".

 

The African nation of Chad gained its independence in 1960.

 

Alex P. haley, author of Roots and The Autobiography of Malcolm X, was born in Ithaca New York.

 

Author, journalist, and NAACP Springarn Medal recipient Carl T. Rowan was born in 1925.

 

Thurgood Marshall was confirmed by the United States Senate as U.S. Solicitor General in 1965.

African-American History Facts Calendar

 

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