November 10, 2008 Miriam Makeba, singer and civil rights activist, died. Makeba was born on March 4, 1932 in Johannesburg, South Africa. She began her professional singing career in the 1950s with the Manhattan Brothers before she formed her own group, The Skylarks, singing a blend of jazz and traditional South African melodies.
November 10, 2007 Augustus Freeman Hawkins, the first African American to represent California in Congress, died. Hawkins was born August 31, 1907 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California in 1931. In 1935, he was elected to the California State Assembly, where he served until 1963.
Subscribe to TiAAH
African American History Categories
Previous Days in African American History
Other African American History Posts
- November 4th in African American History - Daisy Lee Gatson Bates
- June 2nd in African American History – Cornel Ronald West
- June 29th in African American History – Lloyd George Richards
- January 5th in African American History – Charles Mingus, Jr.
- Sterling Allen Brown – January 13th in African American History