May 6, 2021              Celebrate Black History Everyday!    

May 6

The African Lodge No. 459 was founded by Prince Hall in Massachusetts on this date in 1787.

Martin Robinson Delany, ethnologist, army officer, politician, and Black Nationalist, was born a free man in Charles Town, WV, on this date in 1812. He, along with Frederick Douglass, published the North Star, an antislavery paper.

Charles Sidney Gilpin, actor and star in Eugene Oneil's Emperor Jones, died on this date in 1930. Gilpin won the NAACP Spingarn Medal in 1921.

Willie Mays, baseball legend, was born in Westfield, AL, on this date in 1931. Mays, third on the all-time homerun list with 660 homeruns, was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979. He was also the National League MVP in 1954 and 1965.

The Civil Rights Act of 1960 was signed by President Dwight Eisenhower on this date in 1960. This Voting Rights Act allowed the federal courts to use referees to assist blacks in registering for federal elections.

Howard Lee was elected mayor of Chapel Hill, NC, on this date in 1969. Lee became the first black person to be elected mayor of a predominately white North Carolina city in modern times.

Barack Obama won a decisive victory in the North Carolina Primary on this date in 2008.

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