Never be deceived that that rich will allow you to vote their wealth away.
Lucy Parsons, the Haymarket Square widow who internationalized the struggle for the eight-hour day and whose work led to the May Day rallies held around the world. Happy May Day!
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- 1981 - Historian and Political ScientistDeath of Dr. Clarence A. Bacote (75), historian and political scientist, in Atlanta.
- 1967 - Racial distrubances.
May 1-October 1, 1867, was the worst summer for racial distrubances in U.S. history, more than 40 riots and 100 other distrubances occurred.
- 1950 - Gwendolyn Brooks, poet, first Black awarded a Pulitzer Prize (poetry) in 1950.
Gwendolyn Brooks, poet, first Black awarded a Pulitzer Prize (poetry) in 1950. Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas but grew up in Chicago. She is a witty poet who satirizes blacks and whites and attacks racial discrimination. She uses black language and rituals to proclaim black solidarity.
- 1948 - Glenn H. Taylor, U.S. Senator from Idaho and
Glenn H. Taylor, U.S. Senator from Idaho and Vice-presidential candidate of Progressive party, arrested in Birmingham for trying to enter a meeting through a door marked “for Negroes.”
- 1946 - Mrs
Mrs. Emma Clarissa Clement named “American Mother of the Year” by the Golden Rule Foundation.
- 1946 - Black becomes governor of Virgin Islands
Former federal judge William H. Hastie was confirmed as governor of the Virgin Islands. Hastie became the only Afro-American to govern a U.S. state or territory since Reconstruction.
- 1946 - Black Woman named “American Mother of the Year.”
Emma Clarissa Clement, a black woman and mother of Atlanta University President Rufus E. Clement, was named “American Mother of the Year” by the Golden Rule Foundation. She was the first Afro-American woman to receive the honor.
- 1941 - Asa Philip Randolph issued a call for 100,000
Asa Philip Randolph issued a call for 100,000 Blacks to march on Washington, D.C., to protest discrimination in the armed forces and war industries.
- 1930 - Little Walter is born.
The influential rhythm & blues harmonica player and singer Little Walter is born Marion Walter Jacobs in Marksville, LA, USA. His most popular records include “My Babe” and “Juke”.
- 1924 - Evelyn Boyd Granville is born
Evelyn Boyd Granville, Born May 1, 1924 in Washington, D.C. and attended Dunbar High School, a segregated high school at the time. Her interest in mathematics was encouraged by two mathematics teachers.
- 1902 - Jimmy Winkfield wins his second Kentucky Derby
Jimmy Winkfield wins his second Kentucky Derby in a row. African American jockeys have won 15 of 28 Derby races.
- 1867 - Howard University,in Washington, D.C. named for General Oliver O. Howard, opened
Howard University,in Washington, D.C. named for General Oliver O. Howard, opened.
- 1867 - Reconstruction of the South began with the
Reconstruction of the South began with the registering of Black and white voters in the South. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan ordered registration to begin in Louisiana on May 1 and to continue until June 30. Registration began in Arkansas in May. Other states followed in June and July. By the end of October, 1,363,000 cit…
- 1867 - Howard University opening
Howard University in Washington DC opened and began accepting students
- 1866 - Through the 3 White Democrats and police attacked
Through the 3 White Democrats and police attacked freedmen and their white allies in Memphis, Tennessee. Forty-six Blacks and two white liberals were killed. More than seventy were wounded. Ninety homes, twelve schools and four churches were burned.
- 1866 - Memphis Race Riot
A tragic race riot took place in Memphis, Tennessee. Forty-eight people, mostly black, were killed. Negro veterans were special targets, and at least five black women were raped during the disturbances. Schools and churches were burned.
- 1863 - Confederate congress passed resolution which
Confederate congress passed resolution which branded Black troops and their officers criminals. Resolution, in effect, doomed captured Black soldiers to death or slavery.
Every time we sit at a table at night or in the morning to enjoy the fruits and grain and vegetables from our good earth, remember that they come from the work of men and women and children who have been exploited for generations.