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Today in Black history: Actor Sidney Poitier born

Mentored along with Harry Belafonte and others by Paul Robeson, Poitier was red baited during the McCarthy period.  He resisted naming names and studio demands that he sign loyalty oaths.

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Today in black history: Vonetta Flowers first black gold medalist at Winter Olympics

On February 19, 2002, Vonetta Flowers became the first black gold medalist in the history of the Winter Olympic Games.

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Today in black history: Anti-slavery activist Frederick Douglass born

He became a leader of the abolitionist movement after escaping slavery in 1838, and went on to become an excellent lecturer and writer.

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Steelworkers' president scores GOP for racist attacks on Obama

Gerard ran down a range of progressive initiatives Obama has proposed during his five years in the Oval Office. Then he launched his blast at the GOP.

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Today in black history: Leontyne Price born

Her voice was "rich, supple and shining, it was in its prime capable of effortlessly soaring from a smoky mezzo to the pure soprano gold of a perfectly spun high C."

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Today in black history: Medgar Evers’ killer convicted

White supremacist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted in the murder of African-American civil rights leader Medgar Evers, over 30 years after the crime occurred.

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Today in black history: First black quarterback inducted into NFL Hall of Fame

He won five Grey Cups, and is notable for helping to erase the prejudice within the world of sports that black quarterbacks could not succeed in professional football.

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Today in labor history: Martin Luther King, Jr. born

In a 1965 speech, King stated, "The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress."

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Today in labor history: Author Zora Neale Hurston is born

On this day in 1891, Zora Neale Hurston, novelist and folklorist, was born. She is seen as one of the most important black writers in American history.

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Today in labor history: George Washington says "no" to black recruits

In 1775, General George Washington prohibited recruiters from enlisting African Americans into the Patriot Army. However, African Americans served in some units and some segregated divisions were formed.

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