Today in Black History — December 11
Knowledge is always key to knowing who you are. Today in Black History for December 11:
1. 1980 – George Rogers is awarded the Heisman Trophy
George Rogers is awarded the Heisman Trophy.
2. 1964 – Sam Cooke
Sam Cooke died on this day after demanding entrance into the room of the night manager at a dollar-a-night motel where he was staying.
After a brief physical struggle, she fired 3 shots which mortally wounded Mr. Cooke.
3. 1961 – U.S. Supreme Court Reversed Conviction
U.S. Supreme Court reversed conviction of sixteen sit-in students who had been arrested in Baton Rouge.
4. 1928 – Lewis Latimore
Lewis Latimore died on this day in Flushing, NY on this day. Employed as a chief draftsman, Mr. Latimore makes the drawings for Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone (1870).
5. 1926 – Blues singer Willlie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton, born
Blues singer Willlie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton, born
6. 1917 – Black Soliders Die
Thirteen Black soldiers hanged for alleged participation in Houston riot.
7. 1917 – Lynchings
Thirty-six Blacks reporters lynched in 1917.
8. 1917 – Jazz Migration
Jazz migration began. Joe Oliver left New Orleans and settled in Chicago and was joined by other stars.
9. 1917 – Spingarn Award: Harry T. Burleigh
Spingarn Medal presented to Harry T. Burleigh, composer and singer, for excellence in the field of music.
10. 1872 – 1st Governor
P.B.S Pinchback became the 1st African American governor of an American state, Louisiana