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This Week In Black History ( September 17)
By Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer
Published September 17, 2015
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Diahann Carroll

September 17

1968- “Julia” premiered on NBC starring actress Diahann Carroll. It was the first modern television show to star an African American woman as the lead since “Beulah” in the 1950’s.

Fritz Polare

Fritz Polare

September 18

1919- Fritz Pollard became the first African American to play professional football for a major team, the Akron Indians. Pollard was also the first African American to play in the Rose Bowl.

Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks

September 19

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1992- Gordon Parks’ film “The Learning Tree” was registered in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. It joined other classic films such as “Casablanca”, “Gone with the Wind” and “The Wizard of Oz”.

Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard

September 20

1987- Alfre Woodard won her second career Emmy for Outstanding Guest Performance in the drama series “L.A. Law”.

Colin Powell

Colin Powell

September 21

1989- General Colin Powell was named the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Florence “Flo-Jo” Griffith-Joyner

Florence “Flo-Jo” Griffith-Joyner

September 22

1998- USA Sprinter and winner of three gold and silver medals, Florence “Flo-Jo” Griffith-Joyner, died at 38 from an epileptic seizure.

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