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  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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Angela Davis, Black History, Black Panther, Black Power, HBCU, University of California -

  June 4, 1972 Angela Davis Gets Acquitted Angela Yvonne Davis, a black militant, former philosophy professor at the University of California, and self-proclaimed communist, is acquitted on charges of conspiracy, murder, and kidnapping by an all-white jury in San Jose, California. In October 1970, Davis was arrested in New York City in connection with a shootout that occurred on August 7 in a San Raphael, California, courtroom. She was accused of supplying weapons to Jonathan Jackson, who burst into the courtroom in a bid to free inmates on trial there and take hostages whom he hoped to exchange for...

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Black History, Blood, Dr. Charles Drew, HBCU, Plasma, Research -

Pioneering physician Dr. Charles Richard Drew was born on June 3, 1904, in Washington, D.C.   Dr. Drew is known best for his groundbreaking work discovering new methods of processing and storing blood plasma for transfusion. He also directed blood plasma programs in the United States and Great Britain during WWII, but he left his post after the armed forces demanded segregated blood banks despite lacking scientific reasoning to do so. Drew was one of the first African-Americans to be offered membership to the American Board of Surgery, and in 1944, he received the NAACP Spingarn Medal for his groundbreaking contributions to...

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HBCU, Howard University -

Howard University was founded in 1866 by missionaries as a training facility for black preachers. It was decided that the school would be named after Civil war hero General Oliver O. Howard,  a white man, who was serving as the Commissioner of the Freedman’s Bureau. The bureau, which was founded in 1865, was a U.S. government agency that aided freed blacks. Within a year, the school’s focus had expanded to include liberal arts and medical training. On May 1, 1867, Howard University held classes with five white female students,  the daughters of the school’s founders. Built on three acres, Howard University...

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