July 17, 2018              Celebrate Black History Everyday!    

July 17

Congress passed the Second Confiscation Act on this date in 1862. This Act was designed to free the slaves from all rebels. Congress also authorized the President to accept blacks into military service.

Dr. Ralph Johnson Bunche received the 34th NAACP Spingarn Medal on this date in 1949 for his efforts in helping to settle armed conflicts in the Middle East and for his distinguished services to the United Nations.

Billie Holiday, influential blues legend, died in New York City on this date in 1959. Born Eleanor Fagan, her Autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues, was a huge hit.

John W. Coltrane, innovative jazz legend, died on this date in 1967. Only months earlier, Coltrane cut his album, "Expression." Some of his famous recordings were: "My Favorite Things," "A Love Supreme," and "Ascension."

In a speech at the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco, CA, the Rev. Jesse Jackson formally withdrew as a candidate for President on this date in 1984.

Bishop Harold Robert Perry, the first black American consecrated a Roman Catholic Bishop and the first black clergyman to deliver the opening prayer in Congress, died on this date in 1991. His service led to great changes in the church.

Carl T. Rowan, columnist, received the 82nd NAACP Spingarn Medal on this date in 1997 for his pioneering articles exposing institutionalized racism and segregation, for his services in the military, and as Ambassador to Finland.

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