Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Black History Facts for February 26th

Wyatt Outlaw, leader of the Alamance County, NC, Union League, was killed by lynching on this date in 1870.

Theodore "Tiger" Flowers, defeated Harry Greb and became the first Black World Middleweight Boxing Champion on this date in 1926.

Antoine "Fats" Domino, famed singer, was born New Orleans, LA, on this date in 1928. "Ain't That a Shame" and "Blueberry Hill" are two of his best-known songs.

The Green Pastures opened at Mansfield Theater on this date in 1930. The play, written by Marc Connelly, starred Richard B. Harrison as "De Lawd" and ran 557 shows.

Jimmie Lee Jackson, civil rights activist, died of injuries inflicted by police officers in Marion, AL, on this date in 1965. Jackson was shot eight days earlier while defending his mother as their group was attacked while leaving a voting-rights meeting.

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