Wednesday, August 10, 2022
This Week in Black History (August 13)
By Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer
Published August 12, 2015

August 13


1948- Operatic Soprano Kathleen Battle was born in Portsmouth, Ohio. Battle has been awarded 5 Grammys for her vocal performances.


August 14


1959- Famous Basketball player and philanthropist Irving “Magic” Johnson was born in Lansing, Michigan. Johnson went on to become an HIV activist after he announced his diagnosis in 1991.

August 15


1938- U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Waters is the representative of California’s 43rd district.


August 16


1972- Methodist Church reverend and leader Philip Potter was named the general secretary of the World Council of Churches.

August 17


1984- Roberto Clemente, born in Puerto Rico of Black and Hispanic heritage, was the second baseball player to be featured on a stamp.

August 18


1962- Civil Rights Activist James Meredith became the first African American person admitted to the University of Mississippi.



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