Memorable Events in Black History

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Hello, everybody! Welcome to the Memorable Events in Black History fan page! On this page, you will see memorable events in black history. From accomplishments to record breaking moments to historic patents to much more! The reason I created this page is because the world should know that not all blacks are up to no good. We honor those who paved the way for us so we can have a better life. When y

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Let's take the time out to wish Dexter Scott King a happy birthday today! Dexter Scott King (born 01/30/1961) is the sec...

Let's take the time out to wish Dexter Scott King a happy birthday today! Dexter Scott King (born 01/30/1961) is the second son of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. His siblings are Martin Luther King III, the Reverend Bernice Albertine King, and the late Yolanda Denise King. King was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and named after the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, where his father was pastor before moving to the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He was seven years old when his father was assassinated. King attended Morehouse College, his late father's alma mater. He studied business administration, but did not graduate. He later became an actor and documentary filmmaker. King splits his time between Atlanta, Georgia, where he serves as chairman of the King Center, and Malibu, California. Dexter Scott King served as president of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, but resigned in 1989 only months after taking the office after a dispute with his mother, Coretta Scott King. He resumed the position in 1994, but the King Center's influence was sharply reduced by then. Dexter has been a dedicated vegan and animal rights activist since the late 1980s. I'm 1987, 29 years after Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death, Dexter met with James Earl Ray, the man imprisoned for his father's 1968 murder. He believes that Ray was not involved with the assassination. At a 1999 press conference, Coretta Scott King stated that "there is abundant evidence of a major high level conspiracy in the assassination of my husband, Martin Luther King, Jr. ... the conspiracy of the Mafia, local, state and federal government agencies, were deeply involved in the assassination of my husband. The jury also affirmed overwhelming evidence that identified someone else, not James Earl Ray, as the shooter, and that Mr. Ray was set up to take the blame." Following statements by Dexter King and other family members, Dexter was subsequently asked by a reporter, "there are many people out there who feel that as long as these conspirators remain nameless and faceless there is no true closure, and no justice." He replied:

"No, he [Mr. Lloyd Jowers] named the shooter. The shooter was the Memphis Police Department Officer, Lt. Earl Clark who he named as the killer. Once again, beyond that you had credible witnesses that named members of a Special Forces team who didn't have to act because the contract killer succeeded, with plausible denial, a Mafia contracted killer".

He attended the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on August 28, 2013, the event at which his father delivered his I Have a Dream speech. His birthday today is also the day when his mother, Coretta Scott King, passed away in 2006 at the age of 78. A little more than a year later, Yolanda Denise King died of heart failure at the age of 51. Happy birthday once again, Dexter Scott King! Today is his 60th birthday!

On this day in 1844, Richard Greener, the first African-American graduate of Harvard College and dean of the Howard Univ...

On this day in 1844, Richard Greener, the first African-American graduate of Harvard College and dean of the Howard University School of Law, was born! Richard Theodore Greener (01/30/1844-05/02/1922) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and moved with his mother to Boston when he was approximately nine years old. He quit school in his mid-teens to earn money for his family, but one of his employers, Franklin B. Sanborn, helped him to enroll in preparatory school at Oberlin College. He studied at Phillips Academy and graduated in 1865. After three years at Oberlin, Greener transferred to Harvard College and earned a bachelor's degree in 1870, making him the first African-American graduate at Harvard. His admission to Harvard was "an experiment" by the administration and paved the way for many more black graduates of Harvard. An article appeared in the Rochester Daily Democrat on August 16, 1869: "Richard Theodore Greener, a young colored man and a member of the senior class of Harvard College, is giving public readings in Philadelphia. Mr. Greener's history is that of a persevering young man who has succeeded in living down the prejudices against his race and color, and attaining by industry, ability, and good character, a position of which he may well feel proud. He was awarded last year, at Harvard College, the prize for reading, and this year he has drilled two young white men who have likewise obtained prizes in the same branch. His course at Harvard has throughout been honorable. He is the first colored youth who has ever passed through that college." After teaching for two years at the Institute for Colored Youth in Philadelphia and then serving as principal at the Preparatory School for Colored Children in Washington, D.C., Greener accepted the professorship of mental and moral philosophy at the University of South Carolina in October 1873, where he was the university's first African-American faculty member. When the university was closed in June 1877 by Wade Hampton III and the newly elected Democratic regime, Greener moved to Washington, D.C., where he took a position as a clerk in the United States Treasury Department and as a professor in the Howard Law School. He served as dean of the Howard University School of Law from 1878 to 1880 and opened a law practice. In 2009, some of his personal papers were discovered in the attic of an abandoned home on the south side of Chicago by a member of a demolition crew. From 1885 to 1892, Greener served as secretary of the Grant Monument Association and from 1885 to 1890 as a civil service examiner in New York City. In the 1896 election, he served as the head of the Colored Bureau of the National Republican Party in Chicago. In 1898, Greener was appointed as the United States Commercial Agent in Vladivostok, Russia, after a quick stint in Bombay, India. He held this until 1905. Greener left the foreign service in 1905, settling in Chicago with relatives. Greener also pursued a career as a writer. He was a staff member at The New National Era, which at the time was edited by abolitionist Frederick Douglass. At the same time he was also an associate editor for the National Encyclopedia for American Biography. In 1875, he became the first African American to be elected a member of the American Philological Association, the primary academic society for classical studies in North America. Along with having accomplished many African-American firsts, Greener earned several awards in his lifetime. In 1902, the Chinese government decorated him with the Order of the Double Dragon for his service to the Boxer War and assistance to Shansi famine sufferers. While at Harvard in 1868 and 1870 he earned the Bowdoin Prize for elocution. He received two honorary Doctorates of Laws, one from Monrovia College in Liberia in 1882, and the other from Howard University in 1907. In addition, several institutes have scholarships in his name. Phillips Academy has the Richard T. Greener 1865 Endowed Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship awarded to one Andover student annually for his or her four-year tuition. The University of South Carolina's Black Alumni Council sponsors the Richard T. Greener Endowment Fund, which provides $8,000 to six USC students for their four-year tuition. On September 24, 1874, Greener married Genevieve Ida Fleet, and they had six children. One of his daughters was Belle da Costa Greene, a prominent librarian. Greener separated from his wife, although they never divorced. She and her daughters changed their name to "Greene" to dissociate themselves from him. Belle, personal librarian to J. P. Morgan, passed for white. In 1898, Greener accepted a post from President William McKinley in Vladivostok, Russia. Leaving his family, he took a Japanese common-law wife, Mishi Kawashima, with whom he had three children. He successfully served as an American representative during the Russo-Japanese War, but was fired in 1905. Greener settled in Chicago with relatives. He held a job as an agent for an insurance company, practiced law, and occasionally lectured on his life and times. He died of natural causes in Chicago on May 2, 1922. His Harvard diploma and other personal papers were rediscovered in an attic in the South Side of Chicago in the early 21st century. A great deal of discussion surrounds where the papers should be archived. Happy birthday once again and continue to rest in peace, Richard Greener!

On this day in 2013, the city of Chicago and the entire country were in outrage when Hadiya Pendleton was murdered. Hadi...

On this day in 2013, the city of Chicago and the entire country were in outrage when Hadiya Pendleton was murdered. Hadiya Pendleton (06/02/1997-01/29/2013) was a normal teenaged girl who enjoyed life like any normal 15-year-old would. She was also an honor student and a volleyball player at King High School. On the weekend of President Barack Obama's second inauguration, Hadiya preformed along with a number of friends there in Washington, DC. That was just the beginning of a bright future for her. Unfortunately on the afternoon of January 29, 2013, the lives of Chicago residents, CPS, President Obama, Michelle Obama, and even residents of other parts of the United States changed forever. Around 2:30 pm, Hadiya walked with friends to Harsh Park in the North Kenwood neighborhood. As the group huddled under a canopy as it began to rain, a man suddenly approached, jumped a fence, ran toward the group, and began shooting. The police believe that the man mistook the group for members of a gang. Hadiya, who the police say was an unintended target with no ties to gangs, was shot in the back. Sadly, she died later that day. Two others were injured. President Obama mentioned Pendleton's death in his 2013 State of the Union Address in Congress, where Pendleton's parents — Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton and Nathaniel A. Pendleton Sr. — attended as guests. The crime scene is "just a mile away from President Obama's Chicago house." First Lady Michelle Obama attended the four-hour funeral on February 9, 2013 and two hours of it were live on Fox 32 in Chicago. Two suspects, Michael Ward, 18, and Kenneth Williams, 20, were arrested and indicted with multiple counts of first degree murder, attempted murder, aggravated discharge of a weapon and many other charges. Ward was charged with 141 counts of first-degree murder, while Williams was charged with 17 counts. They told police that Pendleton was not the intended target. The group she was standing with was mistaken for members of a rival gang. A judge denied bail for the two gang members. At the time of the shooting, Ward, the gunman, was on probation. In January 2012, he had pled guilty to aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and was sentenced to two years of probation. Less than three months later, he was arrested and charged with breaking into a car. In July 2012, he was arrested for breaking into a different vehicle. In November 2012, he was arrested for misdemeanor trespassing. During his youth, he had also been arrested numerous times on charges ranging from robbery to battery to ma*****na possession, and had spent time on juvenile probation. However, both guys unsurprisingly pleaded not guilty to Hadiya's murder. They went to court again May 6, 2013. As of August 28, 2017, the case was awaiting trial. Ward and Williams were each charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, and aggravated battery with a firearm. The trial finally started on August 14, 2018. On August 22, 2018, a jury found Williams guilty of first degree murder of Pendleton. Williams was also found guilty of aggravated battery to her friends, Sebastian Moore and Lawrence Sellers. On August 23, 2018, a jury found Ward guilty of first degree murder in the death of Pendleton. Ward was sentenced to 84 years in prison on January 14th, 2019. Williams is awaiting sentencing. Attorneys disclosed that Williams rejected an offer that would have given him a 15-year sentence in exchange for testifying against his co-defendant. In September 2020, Williams made an exhaustive but unsuccessful bid to throw out the jury’s verdict. Although he wasn't the killer, he could be sentenced to at least 30 years in prison. It's sad when a young woman that was on her way to the top with dreams of being very successful had her life cut short because of two buffoons! I still ask these questions today. Who raised these fools? What the hell were they thinking? Better yet, WERE they thinking?! They took away someone's daughter and words today eight years later still can't even describe how Hadiya's parents are feeling right now. Whenever you get a chance, continue to pray for Hadiya's parents as they are STILL grieving over their untimely and unfortunate loss. In addition to that, PLEASE pray for the fools who took her life away as well. I know it sounds ridiculous but pray that they repent to God for what they did. No matter how wrong they were, they need prayer, too! That doesn't necessarily mean that God will forgive them and even IF He does, I'm pretty certain that severe consequences will follow. Just put them in God's hands and let Him do the rest! Once again, PLEASE pray for the Pendleton family as they are still having difficulties getting over Hadiya's murder. At this rate, I know for a fact that they won't get over it. But I do pray that they have peace and some kind of closure. It's real out here, y'all, especially since we're in a pandemic now! And if we don't take a stand against violence, it'll get much worse before it gets better! King College Prep hosted an after-school assembly, where students plan to read poems and sing songs two years ago. They went outside and released purple balloons. The assembly was closed to the media and public but the Pendletons were in the auditorium. I'm not sure if they're gonna do anything today but I hope they do although we're in a pandemic. Since then, they have founded the Hadiya Pendleton Foundation. Her father got a gift from City Hall three weeks before the one-year anniversary of the 15-year-old’s murder. Also in 2014, the City Council’s Housing Committee agreed to lease —for $1 through 2016 —two unused offices in the Martin Luther King Community Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove, to the foundation created to turn pain into purpose by providing mentoring, tutoring, computer and recreation programs for young people after school. The Hadiya Pendleton Foundation continues to occupy the two small offices until it identifies a permanent home with at least 2,500 square feet of space. As of January 2014, he raised just $15,000 of the $150,000 he believes he needs to operate a center fully stocked with computers. I'm not sure about where they are financially in regards to that but if you want to make a donation to the Hadiya Pendleton Foundation, you can send a check or money order to:

Hadiya's Promise
Martin Luther King Center
4314 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60653

You can also call toll free at 855-4hadiya. You can also pay online and get more information regarding anything you need to know at If you can, PLEASE help them out. Every little bit helps. Also two year agos, Chef Nate Pendleton opened “The Next Level” at 2544 E. 83rd St. in the city’s South Chicago neighborhood after following his long-time dream of opening a restaurant. Pendleton invited others who have also lost family members to gun violence to have dinner at his restaurant during grand opening night. They also had a memorial service in memory of the slain teenager two years ago. You can check his restaurant out at Even after eight years, they still need our prayers! Continue to rest peacefully in paradise, Hadiya Zaymara Pendleton!


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