TODAY IN BLACK HISTORY: September 17

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Vanessa Williams crowned Miss America

U.S. Constitution is approved with three clauses protecting slavery (1787)

Hampton Institute was founded (1861)

The Flip Wilson Show premieres on NBC prime time (1970)

Illinois becomes the first state to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a holiday (1973)

Vanessa Williams is crowned the 1st African-American Miss America (1983)

Take a look at some more moments in Black History below:


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