* Today in Black History – November 4 *
1872 – Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback is elected as a U.S.
congressman from Louisiana.
1872 – Three African Americans are elected to major offices in
Louisiana elections: C.C Antoine, lieutenant governor;
P.G. Deslonde, secretary of state; W.B. Brown,
superintendent of public education.
1879 – T. Elkins receives a patent on the refrigeration
1953 – Hulan Jack becomes first African American Manhattan
Borough President in New York City.
1958 – World renowned opera singer, Shirley Verrett, makes her
debut in New York City.
1959 – Ernie Banks, Chicago Cubs shortstop, wins the National
1969 – Howard N. Lee and Charles Evers are elected the first
African American mayors of Chapel Hill, North Carolina,
and Fayette, Mississippi respectively.
1971 – Elgin Baylor announces his retirement from the Los
Angeles Lakers. After 14 years in the NBA, Baylor had
scored 23,149 points, the third highest in the league,
and was the fifth-highest career rebounder.
1978 – William Howard Jr. is elected president of the National
Council of Churches, at the age of 32.
1982 – Rayford Logan joins the ancestors in Washington, DC. He
was an educator, historian, and author of numerous books
on African Americans, including the “Dictionary of
American Negro Biography.” Among his honors was a 1980
NAACP Spingarn Medal.
1988 – Bill and Camille Cosby make a $20 million gift to Spelman
College. In his remarks to newly inaugurated President
Johnetta B. Cole, Cosby states, “I want Johnetta Cole to
understand the love that Camille and I have for this
college, the love we have for women who, in spite of odds
against them, come to this school to challenge themselves,
to challenge the school, then to challenge what we call
‘the outside world.'”
1988 – The Martin L. King, Jr. Federal Building is dedicated in
Atlanta, Georgia. It is the first federal building in the
nation to bear the name of the slain civil rights leader.
1999 – Daisy Bates, who is best known for counseling the “Little
Rock Nine,” joins the ancestors at the age of 84. The
“Little Rock Nine” were the students who broke the color
barrier at all-white Central High School in Little Rock,
Arkansas in 1957, Her leadership helped to inch America
toward desegregated schools. She had dedicated her entire
life to service in the civil rights struggle.
Information retrieved from the Munirah Chronicle and is edited by Rene’ A. Perry.