* Today in Black History – August 26 *
1874 – Sixteen African Americans are lynched in the state of
1900 – Hale Woodruff is born in Cairo, Illinois. He will study art
in the United States, Paris and fresco painting with Diego
Rivera in Mexico. He will also start the influential
Atlanta University shows for African American artists in
1905 – George Washington joins the ancestors in Centralia,
Washington. An African American settler of a vast land
claim at the junction of the Shockumchuck and Chehalis
rivers in 1851, Washington endured schemes of white
settlers to take his land and the Indian Wars of 1853 to
found the town of Centerville (later Centralia),
1943 – William L. Dawson is elected as the Black Democratic Party
Vice President candidate.
1947 – Daniel Robert “Dan” Bankhead becomes the first African
American pitcher in major-league baseball. The Brooklyn
Dodger hurler helps his own cause by slamming a home run
in his first appearance at the plate.
1948 – Valerie Simpson (Ashford) is born in the Bronx, New York
City. She will become an accomplished singer, composer,
and producer. She will marry Nicholas ‘Nick’ Ashford and
perform with him for many years. She will lose her husband
and entertainment partner when he joins the ancestors after
succumbing to throat cancer on August 22, 2011.
1960 – Jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis is born in New Orleans,
Louisiana. He will begin his musical career with Art
Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, later playing with his
brother Wynton’s quintet, will record with Miles Davis,
Dizzy Gillespie, and Sting, and become musical director
for the Tonight Show in 1992.
1982 – Rickey Henderson ties Lou Brock’s 1974 record of 118
stolen bases in a season, as the Milwaukee Brewers down
the Kansas City Royals, 10-3.
1985 – Baltimore Oriole Eddie Murray knocks in 9 RBIs in a game
vs the California Angels.
1998 – Attorney General Janet Reno reopens the investigation of
the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr., focusing on two allegations of a conspiracy
beyond James Earl Ray.
2000 – Sir Lynden Pindling, the father of Bahamas independence,
joins the ancestors after succumbing to prostate cancer.
Pindling had led the Black Progressive Liberal Party to
victory in 1967. Sir Lynden ruled the Bahamas for 25
years. He resigned from the House of Assembly in July
1997, ending 41 years of unbroken service as a legislator.
Information retrieved from the Munirah Chronicle and is edited by Rene’ A. Perry.