Each month we'll list daily black history notes for the month. Here's what happened in June in Black History.
On June 3 in Black History...
|Dr. Charles R. Drew|
In 1904, Dr. Charles R. Drew was born in Washington, DC. In 1941, Dr. Drew's distinction in his profession was recognized when he became the first African-American surgeon selected to serve as an examiner on the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Drew had a lengthy research and teaching career and became a chief surgeon.
In 1942, singer Curtis Mayfield was born in Chiago, IL.
In 1916, activist and educator Ardelia Dixon was born.
In 1897, Memphis Minnie was born in Algiers, LA. She was an African American blues musician and singer.In 1884, the Metropolitan Methodist Episcopal Church was founded in Princess Anne, Maryland. The first congregation of this church consisted of Black slaves who worshiped in the balcony of the St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Princess Anne, Maryland. It was originally called the Metropolitan United Methodist Church when it started in 1842. Slaves organized themselves into a separate church and erected a frame building on the farm of Georgia Jones in 1842. It was named the John Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church. During the Civil War, the free Black community was actively involved in education and established the first Black school in Somerset County, Maryland. Over the years, renovation, attentive care, and the need to maintain a place for worship have kept the congregation an active one to the present day. The current name is Metropolitan United Methodist Church and is located at 30522 East Broad Street, Princess Anne, Maryland.
In 1906, Josephine Baker, an African-American French expatriate dancer and singer, was born in St. Louis, MO. Ms. was a dancer and singer who became wildly popular in France during the 1920s. She also devoted much of her life to fighting racism.
In 1989, Ghanaian American soccer player Freddy Adu was born. Adu plays for the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League. Adu plays primarily as an attacking midfielder, but he is also used as a winger or forward.
In 1899, Black Americans observed day of fasting called by National Afro-American Council to protest lynching and racial massacres.
In 1834, Fifth national Black convention met in New York with fifty delegates from eight states.
|Dr. Cornel West|
On June 1 in Black History...
In 1835, The 5th National Negro Convention met in Philadelphia and urged blacks to abandon theuse of terms "African" and "colored" when referring to "Negro" institutions, organizations and to themselves.
In 1937, Morgan Freeman was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Freeman is a respected actor who has appeared in such films as Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption, Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven and Batman Begins. Read more about Freeman here.
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