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This Week in Black History (Feb.18-23)
By Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer
Published February 17, 2016

Feb. 18

toni morrison

1931- Author Toni Morrison was born in Lorain, Ohio. Morrison, who was born Chloe Anthony Wofford, went on to win a Pulitzer Prize for her novel “Beloved”.

Feb. 19

John Singleton

1992- Filmmaker John Singleton became the first African American director to be nominated for an Academy Award in categories for best director and best screenplay for his first film, “Boyz ‘N the Hood.”

Feb. 20

Nancy Wilson

1936- Jazz singer and actress Nancy Wilson was born in Chillicothe, Ohio. Wilson had more than 70 albums in her career and three Grammy awards.

Feb. 21

Malcolm-X-right

1965- Malcolm X was assassinated at age 39 in Audubon Ballroom at a rally for his organization. Thomas Hagan gunned him down while giving a speech in New York’s Audubon Ballroom.

Feb. 22

Photo of Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince

1989- DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, known as Will Smith, won the first Rap Grammy for their single, “Parents Just Don’t Understand.”

Feb. 23

Petersen

1979- Frank E. Petersen Jr. was named the first African American general in the Marine Corps.

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