August 21, 2019              Celebrate Black History Everyday!    

August 21

Nat Turner, revolutionary freedom-fighter, began his famous slave revolt in Southampton County, VA, on this date in 1831. During the three-day revolt, Turner and other slaves killed around 60 whites.

William "Count" Basie, influential jazz pianist and musician, was born in Red Bank, NJ, on this date in 1904.

Wilt Chamberlain, one of the greatest basketball players of all-time, was born in Philadelphia, PA, on this date in 1936. Chamberlain holds the single-game scoring record of 100 points.

Harriet M. Waddy [West] became the Women's Army Corps' (WAC) first black female Major on this date in 1943.

George Jackson, one of the three convicts known as the "Soledad Brothers," was shot in the back and killed in an alleged escape attempt from the San Quentin prison (California) on this date in 1971.

A parcel exploded in the offices of the Southeast regional NAACP in Atlanta, GA, on this date in 1989. Fifteen people were injured but there were no fatalities.

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