June 22, 2018              Celebrate Black History Everyday!    

June 22

Denmark Vesey, planner of a historic slave rebellion, was arrested in Charleston, SC on this date in 1822.

Katherine Dunham, dancer and choreographer, was born in Joliet, IL, on this date in 1909. In the 1940's, Dunham formed a dance company that toured 60 countries, founded a dance school, and authored books about the dance techniques she taught.

Eva Beatrice Dykes, the first black woman to meet the requirements for a Ph.D., received a Ph.D. in English from Radcliffe College in Massachusetts on this date in 1921. Dykes, however, received her degree eight days after Georgianna R. Simpson.

Joe Louis, famous boxer, knocked out German boxer, Max Schmeling, on this date in 1938. This victory was especially sweet since, in 1936, Adolf Hitler had gloated over a Schmeling victory over Louis. Louis now became the first black national sports hero. He was commemorated on a U.S. postage stamp on this date in 1993.

Robert Nelson C. Nix, Sr., the first black Congressman from Pennsylvania, died in Philadelphia on this date in 1987.

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