November 5, 1961 Channing Heggie Tobias, civil rights activist, died. Tobias was born February 1, 1882 in Augusta, Georgia. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Paine College in 1902 and a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Drew Theological Seminary in 1905. For the next six years he taught bible literature at Paine College.
November 5, 1996 Eddie Harris, jazz musician, died. Harris was born October 20, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois. He studied music at DuSable High School and Roosevelt University before he was drafted into the army where he played in the 7th Army Band. His first album, “Exodus to Jazz” (1961), included his jazz arrangement of the [...]
November 4, 1999 Daisy Lee Gatson Bates, journalist and civil rights leader, died. Bates was born November 11, 1914 in Huttig, Arkansas. In 1941, Bates and her husband started a local Black newspaper, The Arkansas State Press, which was an avid voice for civil rights. In 1952, she was elected president of the Arkansas State [...]
November 4, 2008 Barack Hussein Obama was elected the first African American President of the United States. Obama defeated John McCain 52.9% to 45.7% in the popular vote and 365 to 173 in the Electoral College vote. Turnout for the election was the highest in 40 years.
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