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This Week in Black History

This Week in Black History

September 17, 1983 Vanessa Williams becomes the first black woman to be crowned Miss America. Though smart, talented and beautiful, Williams was subjected to hate mail and death threats and, ultimately, was forced to resign her crown after Penthouse magazine buys and publishes nude photos of her. For more information on black history, arts and…

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This Week in Black History

September 12, 1992 Chicago physician Dr. Mae Jemison becomes the first African-American woman in space when the space shuttle Endeavour lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center and carries her and six other astronauts on 126 orbits around the Earth. For more information on black history, arts and culture, visit www.caamuseum.org.…

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This Week in Black History

Sept. 2, 1989 The Rev. Al Sharpton led a protest march in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, a week after four black teenagers were attacked by 10-30 white youth, many of them carrying baseball bats. Yusef Hawkins was shot to death in the attack. For more information on black history, arts and culture,…

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