Black Facts for June


June 1, 1973
FIRST TELEVISION STATION OWNED BY AFRICAN AMERICANS
WGPR-Detroit becomes the first African-American-owned TV station in the U.S.

June 2, 1953
EDUCATOR / ACTIVIST/ ACTOR CORNEL WEST BORN
American scholar and public intellectual Cornel West born in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


June 3, 1949  
FIRST BLACK GRADUATE OF ANNAPOLIS NAVAL ACADEMY
Wesley A. Brown graduates from Annapolis Naval Academy becoming the first African American to do so.

June 4, 1922
SAMUEL GRAVELY BORN
Samuel Gravely the first African American to command a U.S. warship and the first African American Navy Adminral born in Richmond, Virginia.

June 5, 1945
OLYMPIC MEDALIST JOHN CARLOS BORN
Olympic track and field athlete John Carlos born in New York City. John Carlos is most well known for raising a black gloved fist during the playing of the American anthem while standing on the winner's podium after winning a Bronze medal at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games.


June 6, 1966 
BLACK CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST JAMES MEREDITH SHOT
James Meredith, the first black man to brave the colour bar at the University of Mississippi is (non-fatally) shot and wounded after entering Mississippi on a civil rights march.



June 7, 1917
PULITZER PRIZE WINNING POET GWENDOLYN BROOKS, BORN
Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas. In 1950, her second book of poetry, "Annie Allen", won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, the first given to an African-American.


June 8, 1977
GRAMMY AWARD WINNING RAPPER KANYE WEST BORN
Grammy award winning rapper Kanye West born in Atlanta, Georgia.



June 9, 1929
SINGER JACKIE WILSON BORN
Jack Leroy "Jackie" Wilson, Jr. born in Detroit, Michigan. Wilson was an important singer in the development of rhythm and blues into soul. He is most well known for extensive catalog of hits including "(Your Love Keeps Liftin' Me) Higher and Higher."


June 10, 1898
FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN TO WIN AN ACADEMY AWARD BORN

Oscar winning actress Hattie McDaniel born in Wichita, Kansas. She won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role of Mammy in Gone with the Wind (1939).

June 11, 1963
VIVIAN MALONE AND JAMES HOOD REGISTER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
African American students Vivian Malone and James Hood, accompanied by U.S. Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach attempt to register at the University of Alabama. Governor George Wallace bodily blocks their entrance. Wallace steps aside later when the students return accompanyied by the National Guard.


June 12, 1967
LOVING VS. VIRGINIA RULED BY SUPREME COURT
The United States Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia declares all U.S. state laws which prohibit interracial marriage to be unconstitutional. 

June 13, 1985
RAZ-B BORN
De'Mario Monte Thornton better known as Raz-B is born in Los Angeles. Thornton was a member of the teen R&B/Pop group B2K.


June 14, 1970
FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN TO COMPETE IN THE MISS AMERICA BEAUTY PAGEANT
Cheryl Adrienne Brown becomes the first African American to compete in the Miss America beauty pageant by winning the Miss Iowa pageant.

June 15, 1969
RAPPER / ACTOR ICE CUBE BORN
Rapper / Actor O'Shea Jackson better known as Ice Cube born in Los Angeles, California. Ice Cube is best known for his role in the rap group N.W.A. and for pioneering the genre of gangsta rap. He later became known as an actor starring in films such as "Boyz in the Hood."



June 16,, 1971
RAPPER / ACTOR TUPAC SHAKUR BORN
Legendary rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur born in New York City. He is recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest-selling rap artist, with over 75,000,000 albums sold worldwide.



June 17, 1980
TENNIS CHAMPION VENUS WILLIAMS, BORN
Tennis champion and Olympic gold medalist Venus Williams born in Lynwood, California.


June 18, 1889
AFRICAN AMERICAN INVENTOR RECEIVES PATENT FOR THE BABY BUGGY
African American inventor W. H. Richardson receives patent for the Baby Buggy.

June 19, 1962
GRAMMY AWARD WINNING SINGER, DANCER PAULA ABDUL BORN
Grammy award winning singer, dancer, choreographer, actress, television personality Paula Abdul born in San Fernando, California. Abdul would sell over 53 million records and then reenter the spotlight as a judge of the popular series "American Idol."

Junen 20, 1949
ACADEMY AWARD AND GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING SINGER, SONGWRITER LIONEL RICHIE BORN
Academy Award and Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter Lionel Richie born in Tuskegee, Alabama. Richie has sold over 100 million records as a solo artist and as a member of the Commodores. He is known for his many hits including "Easy", "Three Times A Lady" and "All Night Long."


June 21, 1832
FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN REPRESENTATIVE IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BORN
Joseph Haynes Rainey, first African American representative in the U.S. House of Representatives born in Georgetown, South Carolina.



June 22, 1909
ACCLAIMED CHOREOGRAPHER KATHERINE DUNHAM BORN
Esteemed choreographer often called the "Mother of Black Dance" Katherine Dunham born in Joliet, llinois.



June 23, 1909
OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST WILMA RUDOLPH BORN
Olympic Gold medalist Wilma Glodean Ruduolph Ward born in Clarksville, Tennessee. She won three gold medals in the 1960 Olympics in Rome. She became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field during a single Olympic Games. Ward was named Athlete of the Year in 1960 and 1961.




June 24, 1933
HARLEM'S APOLLO THEATER OPENS
The historic Apollo Theater opens at 253 West 125th Street in central Harlem. It is considered as the most important venue in African American entertainment during the 20th century.


June 25, 1942
NBA HALL OF FAMER WILLIS REED BORN
Retired NBA Player Willis Reed Jr. born in Hico, Louisiana. Reed spent his entire career with the New York Knicks, and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982. He contributed to 2 championships for the Knicks (1970, 1973) and was named as an NBA all star 7 times. He was also the MVP in 1970. The Knicks retired his Jersey #19.


June 26, 1956
FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN TO WALK IN SPACE BORN
Former NASA astronaut Bernard Harris, the first African-American to Walk in Space is born in Temple, Texas.


June 27, 2007
FIRST BLACK SOLO FLIGHT AROUND THE WORLD LANDS
Jamaican born pilot Barrington Irving lands at the Opa-Locka Airport in Miami after 95 days of travel. Irving is the youngest person and first black person first Jamaican American, and youngest person EVER to pilot a plane around the world solo.

June 28, 1964
MALCOM X FORMS THE ORGANIZATION FOR AFRO-AMERICAN UNITY
On June 28, 1964, six weeks after Malcolm X's return to New York from Africa, he announced the formation of the Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU).

June 29, 1941
BLACK POWER FREEDOM FIGHTER STOKELY CARMICHAEL BORN
Black Power freedom fighter born Stokely Carmichael in Port of Spain, Trinidad. He later changed his name to Kwame Ture.


June 30. 1951
JAZZ BASSIST, COMPOSER STANLEY CLARKE BORN 
Jazz bassist, composer Stanley Clarke born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.







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"Let justice roll down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream."
Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Montgomery County 
Radford City - Floyd County
NAACP Branch 7072

PO Box 6044 Christiansburg, VA 24068      
540-382-6751



The NAACP is the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The Montgomery County-Radford City- Floyd County branch is one of over 2,200 branches covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Japan and also in Germany as well.

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As the old
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