This day in Black history…
1. 1993 – Arthur Ashe dies
Tennis player Arthur Ashe dies. Ashe was the first African American to win at Wimbledon.
2. 1961 -Jail-in movement started in Rock Hill, S.C., when students refused to pay fines and requested jail sentences. Students Nonviolent Coordinating Committee urged south-wide “Jail, No Bail” campaign.
3. 1945 – Bob Marley, Jamacian reggae star is born.
4.1933 – Walter E. Fauntroy born
Walter E. Fauntroy was born in Washington, D.C. He went on to become a District of Columbia delegate to the House of Representatives.
5. 1898 – Melvin B. Tolson, author, educator, poet, was born.
6. 1870 – On this day, Jonathan Jasper Wright was elected to the South Carolina Supreme Court.
7. 1867 – Peabody Fund established
The Peabody Fund for Black education in the South established.
8. 1820 – the Mayflower of Liberia
The first organized emigration back to Africa begins when 86 free African Americans leave New York Harbor aboard the Mayflower of Liberia. They are bound for the British colony of Sierra Leone, which welcomes free African Americans as well as fugitive slaves.
9. 1820 – U.S. Blacks emigrate back to Sierra Leone
First organized emigration of U.S. Blacks back to Africa, from New York to Sierra Leone,
10. 1820 – United States population: 9,638,453
United States population: 9,638,453. Black population: 1,771,656 (18.4 per cent). “Mayflower of Liberia” sailed from New York City with eighty-six Blacks. Ship arrived in Sierra Leone, March 9.