Wednesday, August 17, 2022
This Week in Black History (August 20)
By Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer
Published August 19, 2015

August 20


1942- Composer, songwriter, musician and singer Isaac Hayes was born in Covington, Tennessee.


August 21

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1943- Harriet M. West became the first Black woman major in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC).

August 22


1989- Black Panther Party co-founder Huey P. Newton was gunned down by a member of the Black Guerrilla Family drug ring in Oakland, California.


August 23

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1954- Computer scientist, geologist and engineer Philip Emeagwali was born in Akure, Nigeria.

August 24


1950- Chicago attorney Edith Sampson was named the first Black representative in the U.S. delegation to the United Nations.

August 25

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1925- The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters organized a mass meeting in Hall at Elks Hall. The union became one of the most successful organized efforts for railroad porters and attendants who worked with small wages and benefits.


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