1977- Karen Farmer becomes the first African American member of the Daughters of the American Revolution when she traces her ancestry back to William Hood, a soldier in the Revolutionary War.
1954- Denzel Washington was born this day in Mount Vernon, NY. Washington starred in such films as “Malcolm X”, “Glory,” “Much Ado about Nothing”, and “A Soldier’s Story”. He will have a start in television in his role on popular show “St. Elsewhere”. He has won numerous awards.
1918- William Stanley Braithwaite won a Spingarn Medal Award. He was a poet, literacy critic and editor, for distinguished achievement in literature.
1918- Sixty Blacks were reported lynched in 1918.
1918- Death of George H. White (66) last of the post Reconstruction Congressman, Philadelphia.
1905- Famed musician and father of modern jazz piano, Earl “Fatha” Hines was born.
1897- Richey, C.V. Fire Escape Bracket with the Patent No. 596,427.
1829- Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, dies. Born into slavery, she ran away from her owners after mistreatment by her masters wife. She petitioned successfully for her freedom, citing her knowledge of the Bill of Rights and the new constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in her argument that all men were created equal, thereby justifying her petition for freedom. Her victory effectively abolished slavery in Massachusetts. Freeman was the great-grandmother of W.E.B DuBois, one of America’s most renowned scholars, leaders, and fighters for civil rights.
1816- American Colonization Society organized in hall of the House of Representatives.
*Today is the 3rd day of Kwanzaa- Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)