March 26, 2019              Celebrate Black History Everyday!    

March 26

Richard Allen, abolitionist and AME Church Bishop, died on this date in 1831. The author, Vernon Loggins, called him the "Father of the Negro."

George Alexander McGuire, the first Bishop of the African Orthodox Church, was born on this date in 1866.

William Henry Lewis, athlete, coach, and lawyer, was appointed U.S. Assistant Attorney General on this date in 1911. The appointment, by President Howard Taft, was the first of a black person to a sub-Cabinet position.

William Henry Hastie became the first black federal judge in the United States when he was confirmed Judge of the Federal District Court in the Virgin Islands on this date in 1937.

Diana Ross, actress, legendary solo singer, and lead singer for the Supremes, was born in Detroit, MI, on this date in 1944. In 1993, the Guinness Book of Records awarded her its Lifetime Achievement Award and title of "most successful female vocalist of all time."

Augusta Savage, famed sculptor and art instructor, died in New York on this date in 1962. Savage was very influential in the "Harlem Renaissance."

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