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This Week in Black History (December 3)
By Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer
Published December 2, 2015

December 3

Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns

Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns

 

1982- Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns won the WBC Junior Middleweight title. He was the first Black boxer to win titles in five different weight classes.

December 4

Moneta Sleet Jr.

Moneta Sleet Jr.

 

1969- Ebony Magazine’s Moneta Sleet Jr. won a Pulitzer Prize for photography for his picture “Deep Sorrow”. Sleet captured the image of Coretta Scott King and her daughter at the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King.

December 5

Rosa Parks Indicted 1956

Rosa Parks Indicted 1956

1955- Historic bus boycott began in Montgomery, Alabama, at a mass meeting in the Holt Street Baptist Church. It all started when Rosa Parks refused to yield her seat to a White man, initiating the boycott that lasted over a year.

December 6

Brown

 Lee Brown

1997- Lee Brown became Houston’s first Black mayor.

December 7

John Jacobs

John Jacobs

1981- John Jacobs was named the president of the National Urban League.

December 8

board of education

board of education

1936- The NAACP wins the landmark case, Gibbs v. Board of Education, against the state of Maryland, ensuring that white and Black teachers are paid equally.

December 9

Bill Pickett

Bill Pickett

1971- Bill Pickett became the first African American elected to the National Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame.

 

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