Black Is: On This Day…

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On this day, June 9th:

1989 – Call for Reparations. Congressman John Conyers D-Michigan announced a call for a reparations study.

1929 - R&B singer Johnny Ace was born John Marshall Alexander, Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee. His major hits include “My Song” and “Pledging My Love.”
1948 – Oliver W. Hill elected to Richmond, Va., City Council. His work against racial discrimination helped end the doctrine of “separate but equal.” He also helped win a landmark legal decisions involving equality in pay for black teachers.

1877- Meta-Vaux Warick Fuller ~ (sculptor) born.  Best known as the first African American artist to make art celebrating Afrocentric themes.
1904- James Napier ~ organizes the first bank begun by a Black American (in Tennessee)



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