November 4 African American Historical Events

* 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 
League MVP.

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.


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