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Today In Black History: June 1

Carnegie Hall HBCU Today In Black History

Today In Black History: June 1

  Henry Lewis, who broke racial barriers in the music world as the first black conductor and music director of a major American orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, and as the first black to conduct at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, died on Friday at his home in Manhattan. He was 63. The cause was a heart attack, his former wife, the mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, said. Though suffering from lung cancer in recent years, he continued to serve as music director of the Opera-Music Theater Institute of New Jersey and of the Netherlands Radio Orchestra, and was a frequent...

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Today In Black History: June 12

Black History Black Power Medgar Evers NAACP US Army

Today In Black History: June 12

  June 12, 1963 - Medgar W. Evers, civil rights leader, is assassinated in Jackson, Mississippi. In the driveway outside his home in Jackson, Mississippi, African American civil rights leader Medgar Evers is shot to death by white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith. During World War II, Evers volunteered for the U.S. Army and participated in the Normandy invasion. In 1952, he joined the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). As a field worker for the NAACP, Evers traveled through his home state encouraging poor African Americans to register to vote and recruiting them into the civil...

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Today In Black History: June 11

Black History Black Power Joseph H. Dickson Piano Player Piano

Today In Black History: June 11

June 11, 1912 - Joseph H. Dickson patents player piano. Joseph H. Dickinson and his Musical Inventions Black Inventor of Organ, Piano and Phonograph Improvements   by Mary Bellis Updated August 15, 2016 Joseph Hunter Dickinson invented several improvements to different musical instruments. In particular, Joseph Dickinson invented an improvement to player pianos that provided better actuation - the loudness or softness of the key strikes; and could play the sheet music from any point in the song. In addition to his accomplishments as an inventor, he was elected to the Michigan legislature from 1897-1900. EARLY LIFE OF JOSEPH H. DICKINSON...

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Today In Black History: June 10

Black History Black Power James A. Healy Roman Catholic Church

Today In Black History: June 10

    June 10, 1854 - James Augustine Healy, first African American Roman Catholic bishop is ordained.   James Augustine Healy, the first Roman Catholic priest of mixed origin in America, and the first non-white American to become a Catholic bishop, also received aid and encouragement from a white father. Born in Georgia in 1830 to an Irish planter and a slave, Healy was carried north in 1837 and enrooled in a Qyaker school in Flushing, Long Island. He graduated from Holy Cross College in 1849 and was ordained a priest in 1854 at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Returning...

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Today In Black History: June 7

Black History First Black Female Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Pulitzer Prize

Today In Black History: June 7

  June 7, 1917 - Poetess Gwendolyn Brooks, first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize (Poetry 1950) is born Although she was born on 7 June 1917 in Topeka, Kansas--the first child of David and Keziah Brooks--Gwendolyn Brooks is "a Chicagoan." The family moved to Chicago shortly after her birth, and despite her extensive travels and periods in some of the major universities of the country, she has remained associated with the city's South Side. What her strong family unit lacked in material wealth was made bearable by the wealth of human capital that resulted from warm interpersonal relationships....

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