February 24 African American historical events

* Today in Black History – February 24 *

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1811 – Daniel A. Payne is born in Charleston, South Carolina. He will
become a bishop, educator, college administrator and author.
A major shaper of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME),
he will stress education and preparation of ministers and
introduce more order in the church. He will become its sixth
bishop and will serve for more than four decades (1852–1893) as
well as become one of the founders of Wilberforce University in
Ohio in 1856. In 1863, the AME Church will purchase

the college
and choose him to lead it. As a result, he will become the first
African American president of a college in the United States and
serve in that position until 1877. By quickly organizing AME
missionary support of freedmen in the South after the Civil War,
he will gain 250,000 new members for the AME Church during the
Reconstruction era. Based first in Charleston, he and his
missionaries will found AME congregations in the South down the
East Coast to Florida and west to Texas. In 1891, he will write
the first history of the AME Church, a few years after publishing
his memoir. He will join the ancestors on November 2, 1893.

1842 – James Forten, Sr. joins the ancestors in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. A businessman who amassed a fortune as a sail
maker, Forten was one of the most influential abolitionists
of the first half of the 19th century. He also was in the
midst of many significant events and was one of Philadelphia’s
most prominent African Americans. He was chairman of the
first Negro Convention in 1835, helped to organize the 1st
African Lodge of Free Masons in Philadelphia (1787), and one
of the founders of the Free African Society (1787 – which grew
into St. Thomas African Episcopal Church).

1940 – James “Jimmy” Ellis is born in Louisville, Kentucky. He will
become a national Golden Gloves champion and will go on to
become the WBA heavyweight boxing champion from 1968 to 1970.
At 197 pounds, he will be the lightest man to win the heavyweight
title in the past 35 years. He will retire from boxing at the age
of 35 in 1975, with a record of 40–12–1 (24 KOs). He will join the
ancestors after succumbing dementia complications on May 6, 2014
at the age of 74.

1956 – Eddie Murray is born in Los Angeles, California. He will
become a professional baseball player, winning the American
League Rookie of the Year award in 1977. Over his career, he
will hit over 500 career home runs. That will make him the
fifteenth player in baseball history to reach that milestone,
and will join Willie Mays and Henry Aaron as the only players
with 500 home runs and 3000 hits. Murray currently ranks
eleventh all time in hits (3,203), eighth in RBI (1,888), and
ninth in games played (2,950).

1966 – Military leaders oust Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana – while on a peace
mission, in Peking, to stop the Vietnam War.

1980 – Willie Davenport and Jeff Gadley, the first African Americans
to represent the United States in the Winter Olympics, place
12th in the four-man bobsled competition. Davenport had been
a medal winner in the 1968 and 1976 Summer Games.

1982 – Quincy Jones wins five Grammys for “The Dude,” including
‘Producer of the Year.’

1987 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers scores his first
three-point shot. The leading scorer in NBA history had
already scored 36,000 points. Kareem had never scored more
than two points at a time.

1992 – Edward Perkins is nominated United Nations ambassador by
President George Bush. Perkins had formerly served as
director-general of the United States Foreign Service and
ambassador to the Republic of South Africa.

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Munirah Chronicle is edited by Mr. Rene’ A. Perry

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