August 20, 2018              Celebrate Black History Everyday!    

August 20

The Dutch brought twenty-four slaves to the Jamestown colony on this date in 1619. They were the first blacks that were forcibly settled on this continent to work involuntarily.

The first ship named in honor of a black man, the SS Frederick Douglass, was lost at sea near Europe on this date in 1944.

The African nation of Senegal gained its independence on this date in 1960.

The Detroit Free Press reported, on this date in 1978, through information obtained from the ACLU, that the FBI had given Alabama police Sergeant Thomas Cook (a known KKK leader) the schedule of the Freedom Riders, thus, facilitating an attack by the Klan.

Dr. David Satcher, genetic researcher, was named as the first black Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on this date in 1993.

Tiger Woods was named PGA Player of the Year and the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year in 1999. He became the first ever to win the U.S. Open, the British Open, and the PGA Championship in the same year when he captured the PGA Championship on this date in 2000.

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