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This Week in Black History (Jan. 28-Feb.2)
By Amanda Scurlock
Published January 27, 2016

January 28

Arthur Ashe Jr., 25-year-old Davis Cup Ace, displays some of the talent that swept him to the first U.S. Open Tennis Championship in New York, Sept. 9, 1968. (AP Photo/File) TEN

Arthur Ashe Jr., 25-year-old Davis Cup Ace, displays some of the talent that swept him to the first U.S. Open Tennis Championship in New York, Sept. 9, 1968. (AP Photo/File)
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1970- Arthur Ashe, the first Black male to win Wimbledon, was denied entry to compete for the U.S. Team in the South African Open due to South Africa’s racial policies.

 

January 29

Oprah Winfrey opens the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Oprah Winfrey opens the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

1954- Iconic talk show host, actress, filmmaker and billionaire Oprah Winfrey was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi.

 

January 30

Satchel Paige of the St. Louis Browns, October 1, 1952.

Satchel Paige of the St. Louis Browns, October 1, 1952.

1965- Major League Baseball Player Leroy Paige was named all-time outstanding player by National Baseball Congress.

 

January 31

 

James Baldwin

James Baldwin

1963- James Baldwin’s influential collection of essays “The Fire Next Time” was published.

 

Feb. 1

Good-Times-

1974- Popular Black sitcom “Good Times” premiered on CBS.

 

Feb. 2

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1914- Sculptor William Artis was born in Washington, D.C. Artis was best known for his sensitive portrayal of Black male subjects in his work.

 

 

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