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This Week in Black History (Jan. 21-26)
By Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer
Published January 20, 2016

January 21

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1964- Carl T. Rowan was named director of the United States Information Agency.

January 22

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1981- Samuel Pierce was named housing secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Reagan administration.

January 23

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1977- ABC began televising the mini-series based off of Alex Haley’s book “Roots”. The series went on to be the most watched mini-series in television history.

January 24

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1993- Thurgood Marshall, the first Black Supreme Court Justice died in Bethesda, Maryland.

January 25

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1972- Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm started her campaign for U.S. president. Chisholm was the first African American woman elected to the U.S. Congress.

January 26

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1958- Eight-time Grammy Award winning-singer Anita Baker was born in Toledo, Ohio.

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