Black History: October 26th

Happy Birthday Mahalia Jackson

mh-fotor_collageOctober 26, 1911 – Mahalia Jackson is born in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Known as the “Gospel Queen,” Jackson will become instrumental
in the popularization of gospel music and songs.  Jackson’s traditional gospel audiences transcended beyond African American churchgoers through her recordings, radio performances and concert tours in
America and abroad. Her recordings will sell millions of copies. She will join the ancestors on January 27, 1972.

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DICK GREGORY 84th HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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1932 – Richard Claxton Gregory is born in St. Louis, Missouri.
He will be better known as “Dick” Gregory and in tdick-gregory4he
1960’s will become a comedic pioneer, bringing a new
perspective to comedy and opening many doors for Black
entertainers. Once he achieves success in the
entertainment world, he will shift gears and use his
talents to help causes in which he believes.  He will
serve the community for over forty years as a comedian,
civil and human rights activist and health/nutrition
advocate. On October 9, 2000, his friends and
supporters will honor him at a Kennedy Center gala,
showing him their “appreciation for his uncommon
character, unconditional love, and generous service.

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Who is Frederick Douglass Patterson?

“A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste”

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 “A mind is a terrible thing to waste” is the well-known campaign slogan for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).

1901 – Frederick Douglass Patterson is born in Washington, DC.
He will receive doctorate degrees from both Iowa State
University and Cornell University.  Dr. Patterson will
serve as the president of Tuskegee Institute from 1935
to 1955.  In 1943, he will organize a meeting of the
heads of Black colleges to conduct annual campaigns
for funds needed to help meet the operating expenses of
27 Black colleges and universities. This will result in
the formation of the United Negro College Fund. Dr.
Patterson will serve as its first president. In 1987,
President Ronald Reagan will award him the Presidential
Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
In 1988, he will be awarded the Spingarn Medal from the
NAACP. He will join the ancestors on April 26, 1988.

Happy Birthday H. Rap Brown

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October 4, 1943 – Hubert Gerold Brown is born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
He will be better known as H. Rap Brown, become a Black nationalist and chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s, and later the Justice Minister of the Black Panther Party. He will be most famous for his proclamation during that period that
“violence is as American as cherry pie”, as well as once
stating that “If America don’t come around, we’re gonna
burn it down”. He is also known for his autobiography “Die
Nigger Die!”. He will spend five years (1971-1976) in
New York’s Attica Prison after a robbery conviction. While
in prison, he will convert to Islam and change his name to
Jamil Abdullah al-Amin. After his release, he will open a
grocery store in Atlanta, Georgia and become a Muslim
spiritual leader and community activist, preaching against
drugs and gambling in Atlanta’s West End neighborhood. He
will be sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of
parole, for the 2000 shooting of two Fulton County Sheriff’s
deputies, one of whom dies.  Both deputies were Black.