May 20, 2019              Celebrate Black History Everyday!    

May 20

Toussaint L'Ouverture, leader of the Haitian Revolution, was born on this date in 1746. L'Ouverture led the revolutionaries to drive the French, the English, and the Spanish from the island of Haiti.

P. B. S. Pinchback and James J. Harris served as delegates to the Republican National Convention on this date in 1868. This event, held in Chicago, IL, produced the first blacks to hold national political positions.

John Stephens Durham, assistant editor of the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, was named U.S. Consul to the Dominican Republic on this date in 1890.

Robert Rusa Moton, principal of Tuskegee Institute, received the 18th NAACP Spingarn Medal on this date in 1932 for his struggle for the education of blacks, here and in Haiti, and for his expression of ideals in his book, What the Negro Thinks.

Robert Nelson C. Nix, Sr. was elected Philadelphia, PA's, first black Congressman on this date in 1958.

The Freedom Riders were again attacked by a mob in Montgomery, AL, on this date in 1961. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy ordered 400 U.S. marshals to Montgomery to restore order.

Barack Obama obtained a majority of pledged delegates in the Democratic Primary on this date in 2008.

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