March 26 African American Historical Events

* Today in Black History – March 26 *

1831 – Richard Allen joins the ancestors at the age of 71. He had been
nominated by author Vernon Loggins for the title, “Father of
the Negro.”

1872 – Thomas J. Martin is awarded a patent for the fire extinguisher.

1910 – William H. Lewis is appointed assistant attorney general of the
United States.

1937 – William Hastie is appointed to a federal judgeship in the Virgin
Islands. With the appointment, Hastie becomes the first African
American to serve on the federal bench in the U.S. or its
territories. Judge Hastie will serve on the bench for two years
then become dean and professor of law at Howard University in
Washington DC.

1944 – Diana Ross is born in Detroit, Michigan. Ross, with Mary Wilson
and Florence Ballard, will form the Supremes in 1961 and have
15 consecutive smash-hit singles with the group. Ross will
also pursue an acting career in such movies as “Lady Sings the
Blues” and receive a Tony Award for her Broadway show, “An
Evening with Diana Ross.” Both with the Supremes and as a solo
artist, she will have more number-one records than any other
artist in the history of the charts.

1950 – Theodore Pendergrass is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He
will become a lead singer for Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes
in 1970 and will pursue an active solo career in 1976. His solo
career will later be temporarily interrupted by an auto
accident that will leave him paralyzed from the chest down. His
debut album, “Teddy Pendergrass (1977),” struck Platinum, as
did the next four albums – “Life Is A Song Worth Singing,”
“Teddy,” “Teddy Live” and “T.P.” Other releases include “Love
Language,” “Working It Back” and “Joy.” He will be nominated
for a Grammy more than three times and be the holder of a 1980
“Best Rhythm & Blues Artist” award from Billboard Magazine. The
Philadelphia Music Foundation will honor him with a
Philadelphia Music Award for “Best Urban Album” in 1989. He will
join the ancestors on January 13, 2010 after succumbing to colon
cancer.

1984 – Ahmed Sekou Toure’ joins the ancestors in a hospital in
Cleveland, Ohio. He was the country of Guinea’s first
president and a well-known political figure throughout Africa.

1991 – The Reverend Emanuel Cleaver becomes the first African American
mayor of Kansas City, Missouri. At this time, Kansas City is
seventy percent white, but he will win the election with 53
percent of the vote, while his opponent receives forty-seven
percent.

1992 – A judge in Indianapolis sentences former heavyweight boxing
champion Mike Tyson to six years in prison for raping a Miss
Black America contestant.

1995 – Former diplomat-turned-radio talk show host Alan Keyes enters the
race for the Republican presidential nomination.

1998 – President Clinton stands with President Nelson Mandela in a
racially integrated South African parliament to salute a country
that was “truly free and democratic at last.”

Information retrieved from the Munirah Chronicle and is edited by Mr. Rene’ A. Perry

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