Black History Facts for Today by Yenoba.com

September 26
Bessie Smith, renowned blues singer, died from injuries due to a car accident in Clarksdale, MS, on this date in 1937. She, along with Scott Joplin and Duke Ellington, is credited with bringing jazz and blues to major Northern cities in the 1920's.

Barack Obama participated in his first Presidential Debate in Oxford, MS, on this date in 2008.

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