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This Day in Black History: Aug. 20, 1942
Singer, composer and entertainer Isaac Hayes was born on Aug. 20, 1942, in Covington, Tennessee....


This Day in Black History: Aug. 18, 1963
James Meredith became the first African-American student to graduate from the University of Mississ...


This Day in Black History: Aug. 19, 1958
NAACP Youth Council begins sit-ins at Katz Drug Store lunch counter in Oklahoma City on Aug. 19, 19...


This Day in Black History: Aug. 11, 1965
The Watts riots began on Aug. 11, 1965....


Commentary: Sports Fans Can’t Afford to Let History Die in Silence
Aging Willie Mays, Henry Aaron, Ernie Banks and Monte Irvin have tales we all need to hear....


This Day in Black History: Aug. 1, 1996
Michael Johnson wins Olympic gold and breaks a world record....


This Day in Black History: Aug. 16, 2001
Stephanie Ready became the first woman to coach a professional men's league team....


This Day in Black History: Aug. 13, 1982
Olympic speed-skating gold medalist Shani Davis was born on Aug. 13, 1982....


This Day in Black History: Aug. 15, 1938
California Rep. Maxine Waters was born in Kinloch, Missouri, on Aug. 15, 1938....


This Day in Black History: July 31, 1956
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick was born on July 31, 1956....


This Day in Black History: Aug. 17, 1993
Colin Powell gets $6 million for the rights to publish his biography....


This Day in Black History: Aug. 14, 1985
Michael Jackson bought the publishing rights to more than 250 songs by The Beatles....


This Day in Black History: Aug. 6, 1965
President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act....


Five Black Women on Georgia Ballot Make History
Connie Stokes, Liz Johnson, Doreen Carter, Valarie Wilson and Robbin Shipp will all appear on the b...


This Day in Black History: Aug. 5, 1962
Nelson Mandela is arrested on Aug. 5, 1962....


This Day in Black History: July 16, 1977
Janelle Penny Commissiong-Chow becomes the first Black Miss Universe....


This Day in Black History: July 18, 1918
Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid activist and president of South Africa, was born on this day in 1918...


This Day in Black History: July 23, 1962
Jackie Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 23, 1962....


This Day in Black History: July 6, 1957
Althea Gibson became the first African-American to win Wimbledon on July 6, 1957....


This Day in Black History: July 9, 1893
Dr. Daniel Hale Williams performed the first open-heart surgery....

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