May 23, 2024              Celebrate Black History Everyday!    

May 23

Charles Edmund Nash, the first black Congressman from Louisiana, was born on this date in 1844.

Sgt. William H. Carney, a leader in the 54th Massachusetts Volunteers Regiment who charged on Fort Wagner in the Civil War, received the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery on this date in 1900. Carney became the first black person to receive this award.

Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake's Shuffle Along, a pioneer musical featuring Josephine Baker, Florence Mills, Caterina Jarboro, William Grant Still, Hal Johnson and others, opened at the 63rd Street Music Hall in New York City on this date in 1921.

Jackie "Moms" Mabley, famed comedienne, died in White Plains, NY, on this date in 1975.

K. Leroy Irvis was elected Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly on this date in 1977.

Lee P. Brown became the first black Police Commissioner of Houston, TX, on this date in 1982.

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