This Week In Black History

May 5, 2022

May 5, 1988 – Eugene Marino becomes first African American installed as a Roman Catholic archbishop in the U.S.

May 6, 1991 – The Smithsonian Institution approves the creation of the National African American Museum.

May 7, 1878 – Joseph R. Winters patents first fire escape ladder.

May 8, 1983 – Lena Horne awarded the Spingarn Medal for distinguished career in the field of entertainment.

May 9, 1899 – John Albert Burr patents lawn mower.

May 10, 1950 – Boston Celtics select Chuck Cooper first Black player drafted to play in the NBA.

May 11, 1895 – Composer William Grant Still, the first African American to conduct a major American symphony orchestra, born.


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