May 28, 2017              Celebrate Black History Everyday!    

May 28

Daniel Reaves Goodloe, emancipationist, was born on this date in 1814.

Dr. Betty Shabazz, activist and wife of Malcolm X, was born in Detroit, MI, on this date in 1934.

The home of civil rights activist, Medgar Evers, was bombed on this date in 1963. Evers was assassinated just two weeks later.

Mary Lou Williams, jazz musician, died in Durham, NC, on this date in 1981. This jazz great played with the likes of Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, Earl "Fatha" Hines, and Benny Goodman among others.

Matthew A. Henson, explorer and the first person to reach the North Pole, was commemorated on a U.S. postage stamp on this date in 1986.

Jody-Anne Maxwell, a 12-year-old from Kingston, Jamaica, won the 71st annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee on this date in 1998. Maxwell became the first black person and the first person living outside the United States to win the title.

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