On June 21, 1927, Carl Stokes was born. One reason we celebrate his birthday is the fact he was the first major American city mayor to be black. Being the first black mayor of a major city in the U.S. is not the only accomplishment that deserves recognition. He was a US Ambassador, an Ohio […]
Carl Stokes – June 21st in African American History
Tags: April 3, Army, Cleveland Marshal Law School, House of Representatives, June 21, Mayor, University of Minnesota
Archibald Carey, Sr. – March 23rd in African American History
Tags: Atlanta University, August 25, March 23, World War I, writer
March 23, 1931 Archibald Carey, Sr., political activist, writer and religious leader, died. Carey was born August 25, 1868 in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Atlanta University in 1888 and became a licensed preacher.
James H. Bronson – March 16th in African American History
Tags: April 6, March 16, Medal of Honor, September 29
March 16, 1884 James H. Bronson, Medal of Honor recipient, died. Bronson was born enslaved in 1838 in Indiana County, Pennsylvania.
Ralph Henry Johnson – March 5th in African American History
Tags: January 11, March 5, Medal of Honor
March 5, 1968 Ralph Henry Johnson, Medal of Honor recipient, was killed in action. Johnson was born January 11, 1949 in Charleston, South Carolina. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in July, 1967.
Matthew Leonard – February 28th in African American History
Tags: Army, December 19, February 28, Korean War, Medal of Honor, November 26, Vietnam War
February 28, 1967 Matthew Leonard, Medal of Honor recipient, died in action. Leonard was born November 26, 1929 in Eutaw, Alabama and served in the United States Army during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
Joe Wilder – February 22nd in African American History
Tags: Broadway, composer, February 22, Manhattan School of Music, Mastbaum School of Music, NEA Jazz Master
February 22, 1922 Joe Wilder, jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader, was born in Colwyn, Pennsylvania. Wilder studied at the Mastbaum School of Music, but turned to jazz when he felt there was little opportunity for an African American classical musician.
Isaiah Mays – February 19th in African American History
Tags: Army, February 16, February 19, May 11, May 2, May 29, Medal of Honor
February 19, 1890 Isaiah Mays received the Medal of Honor, America’s highest military decoration, for his actions during an engagement with robbers. Mays was born enslaved on February 16, 1858 in Carters Bridge, Virginia. By May 11, 1889, he was serving as a corporal in Company B of the 24th Infantry Regiment.
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