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This Week in Black History (July 16)
By Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer
Published July 16, 2015
(Miles Davis)

(Miles Davis)

July 16

1991- In Paris, jazz musician Miles Davis was named the Knight in the French Legion of Honor one of that nation’s highest cultural honors.

(Billie Holiday)

(Billie Holiday)

July 17

1959- Iconic blues singer Billie Holiday died in New York City from complications tied to cirrhosis of the liver.

(Harlem Race Riots)

(Harlem Race Riots)

July 18

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1964- A race riot in Harlem spread to the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn after 15 year-old James Powel was shot and killed in front of his friends by police Lieutenant Thomas Gilligan.

Patricia R. Harris

(Patricia R. Harris)

July 19

1979- Patricia R. Harris was named U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare.

(Black Power Conference)

(Black Power Conference)

July 20

1967- More than one thousand people attended the first Black Power Conference in Newark, New Jersey.

(William H. Thompson)

(William H. Thompson)

July 21

1951- William H. Thompson became the first African American to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor since the Spanish American War when he was awarded the honor posthumously.

 

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