April 20, 2021              Celebrate Black History Everyday!    

April 20

Scottsboro Boy, a book by Haywood Patterson, was published on this date in 1950. Patterson was one of the nine black youths falsely accused of raping two white women in Scottsboro, AL.

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously, on this date in 1971, that busing was a constitutionally acceptable method of integrating public schools (Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg).

Archibald T. Carey, Jr., the first black person to be appointed Chair of the President's Committee on Government Employment Policy, died on this date in 1981. Carey was appointed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Leontyne Price, world-renowned opera singer, opened a convention of the Daughters of the American Revolution on this date in 1982.

Mabel Alice Mercer, popular singer, died on this date in 1984. Some of her popular songs were: "Mabel Mercer Sings Cole Porter" (1955), "Once in a Blue Moon" (1959), and "At Town Hall" with Bobby Short (1968).

Rosa Parks won the Congressional Medal of Honor on this date in 1999. Parks was given the award for her act of defiance and courage in not giving up her bus seat to a white man in 1955, inspiring the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

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