• TODAY IN BLACK HISTORY: September 28

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    African American abolitionist David Walker born in Wilmington, North Carolina (1785).

    The Opelousas Massacre occurred in Louisiana in which an estimated 200 to 300 black Americans were killed (1868).

    “Purlie Victorious”, a farce by playwright Ossie Davis, opens on Broadway (1961).

    Governor Barnett found guilty of civil contempt of the federal court. United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ordered Barnett to purge himself of contempt or face arrest and a fine of $10,000 a day (1962).

    Secretary of the army cleared the military records of 167 soldiers who were dishonorably discharged in 1906 because they refused to identify alleged participants in the Brownsville Raid (1972).

    Joseph Paul Franklin, an avowed racist, sentenced to life imprisonment for killing two Black joggers in Salt Lake City, Utah (1981).

    Jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis died in Santa Monica, California from complications following a stroke. He was 65 (1991).

    Miles David playing the trumpet

    Shirley Ajayi was the first African American given a part on a television show as a psychic. The show lasted for about one year in Chicago, Illinois (1986).

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