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1993 - Arthur Ashe dies

Tennis player Arthur Ashe dies. Ashe was the first African American to win at Wimbledon.
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1972 - Robert Lewis Douglas founder and coach of the Rens

Robert Lewis Douglas founder and coach of the Rens, is inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
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1961 - Jail-in movement started in Rock Hill, S.C., when

Jail-in movement started in Rock Hill, S.C., when students refused to pay fines and requested jail sentences. Students Nonviolent Coordinating Committee urged south-wide "Jail, No Bail" campaign.
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1945 - Bob Marley

Bob Marley, Jamacian reggae star is born.
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1933 - Walter E. Fauntroy born

Walter E. Fauntroy was born in Washington, D.C. He went on to become a District of Columbia delegate to the House of Representatives.
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1898 - Melvin B. Tolson, author, educator, poet, born

Melvin B. Tolson, author, educator, poet, born
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1870 - Jonathan Jasper Wright

On this day, Jonathan Jasper Wright was elected to the South Carolina Supreme Court.
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1867 - Peabody Fund established

The Peabody Fund for Black education in the South established.
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1820 - the Mayflower of Liberia

The first organized emigration back to Africa begins when 86 free African Americans leave New York Harbor aboard the Mayflower of Liberia. They are bound for the British colony of Sierra Leone, which welcomes free African Americans as well as fugitive slaves.
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1820 - United States population: 9,638,453

United States population: 9,638,453. Black population: 1,771,656 (18.4 per cent). "Mayflower of Liberia" sailed from New York City with eighty-six Blacks. Ship arrived in Sierra Leone, March 9.
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