This Week in Black History

April 8, 2021

April 8, 1974 – Atlanta Braves slugger Hank Aaron hits 715 home run, surpassing Babe Ruth as the game’s all-time home-run leader.

April 9, 1898 – Paul Robeson, actor, singer, activist, born.

April 10, 1947 – Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson becomes first African American to play major league baseball.

April 11, 1966 – Emmett Ashford becomes first Black umpire in the major leagues.

April 12, 1983 – Harold Washington becomes first African American mayor of Chicago.

April 13, 1950 – Historian Carter G. Woodson, author of The Miseducation of the Negro, died.

April 14, 1775 – First abolitionist society in U.S. is founded in Philadelphia.