This Week in Black History

This Week in Black History

November 27, 1956 Brooklyn Dodgers hurler Don Newcombe becomes the first player to win baseball’s Cy Young Award, signifying him as the best pitcher in...

This Week in Black History

November, 18, 1992 The film “Malcolm X,” directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington and Angela Bassett, is released in the United States. The...

This Week in Black History

November 11, 1978 Donna Summer’s “MacArthur Park” reaches the top of the Billboard Hot 100, making it her first No. 1 pop hit. Written by Jimmy...

This Week in Black History

November 6, 1962 Augustus Freeman (Gus) Hawkins of Los Angeles is elected to the U.S House of Representatives, becoming the first Black Congress member west...

This Week in Black History

October 31, 1950 Earl Lloyd becomes the first Black player in the NBA, taking the court for the Washington Capitals. Two other Black players were...

This Week in Black History

October 21, 1968 Dexter Scott King, the youngest son of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, is named chief executive and chairman of...

This Week in Black History

October 13, 1966 Legendary rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix plays his first concert as the Jimi Hendrix Experience with bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell...

This Week in Black History

 October 9, 1975 Former all-star outfielder Frank Robinson is named manager of the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first Black manager of a major league team....

This Week in Black History

October 2, 1967 U.S. Solicitor General Thurgood Marshall — whose brilliant legal work led to the Brown vs. Board of Education decision outlawing segregation in...

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