June 23, 2024              Celebrate Black History Everyday!    

June 23

Wilma Rudolph, the first American woman to win three Olympic Gold Medals in track and field in one year, was born in Clarksville, TN, on this date in 1940. Rudolph accomplished this feat although stricken with polio at an early age.

Roy Wilkins, NAACP Executive Director, received the 49th NAACP Spingarn Medal on this date in 1964 for the militancy of his leadership, his dedication and intelligence, and his courage and compassion.

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.'s political career ended when Charles Rangel defeated Powell in the Democratic primary in Harlem, NY, on this date in 1970.

Coleman Alexander Young, Detroit, MI's, first black mayor, was elected president of the U.S. Conference of mayors on this date in 1982.

Dr. Betty Shabazz, activist and wife of Malcolm X, died on this date in 1997 from injuries sustained in a fire.

Anthony Reed became the first black person to complete 26.2-mile marathons on every continent, including Antarctica, on this date in 2007.

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