* Today in Black History – January 8 *
1811 – A slave rebellion begins 35 miles outside of New Orleans,
Louisiana. U.S. troops will be called upon to put down the
uprising of over 400 slaves, which will last three days.
1837 – Fanny M. Jackson is born a slave in Washington, DC. She will
become the first African American woman college graduate in
the United States when she graduates from Oberlin College in
1865. After graduation, she will become a teacher at the
Institute for Colored Youths in Philadelphia. In 1869, she
will become the first African American woman to head an
institution of higher learning when she is made Principal of
the Institute. In the fall of 1881, Fanny will marry the Rev.
Levi Jenkins Coppin, a minister of the African Methodist
Episcopal Church. The marriage will open a wealth of
missionary opportunities for Fanny. When her husband is made
Bishop of Cape Town, South Africa, Fanny will accompany him
and travel thousands of miles organizing mission societies.
She will join the ancestors on January 21, 1913 in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1926, a facility for teacher
training in Baltimore, Maryland will be named Fanny Jackson
Coppin Normal School in her honor. The school is known today
as Coppin State University.
1867 – Overriding President Andrew Johnson’s veto, Congress passes
legislation giving African Americans in the District of
Columbia the right to the vote.
1912 – The African National Congress, in South Africa, is formed.
1922 – Colonel Charles Young joins the ancestors in Lagos, Nigeria
at the age of 58. He was one of the first African American
graduates of West Point, the first to achieve the rank of
colonel in the U.S. Army, and the second winner of the
NAACP’s Spingarn Medal (1916).
1937 – Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey is born in Wales, United Kingdom.
She will become a professional singer and is best known for her
rendition of the James Bond themes: “Goldfinger,” “Diamond’s
Are Forever,” and “Moonraker.” With thirty-one hits in the UK
Singles Chart, which span a record forty two year period for
a female vocalist, plus thirty five hit LPs in the
corresponding UK Albums Chart, she will become Britain’s most
successful female chart artist of all time. In recognition of
her career longevity, endurance and a particular admiration
from the Royal Family, Bassey will be created a Dame
Commander of the British Empire (the female equivalent of a
Knight Commander) on December 31, 1999 by Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth II. She will also be awarded France’s top honor,
the Legion d’Honneur, to signify her enduring popularity and
importance in the culture of France.
1975 – The state-owned Alabama Educational Television Commission has
its application for license renewal denied by the Federal
Communications Commission because of racial discrimination
against African Americans in employment and programming.
1993 – Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls, scores his 20,000th
Information retrieved from the Munirah Chronicle and is edited by Mr. Rene’ A. Perry.