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Today in History: Militia Integrated in the War of Independence

On this day in 2002, Militia Integrated in the War of Independence: The first integrated army in American history was the colonial militia that fought the early battles of the War of Independence. African American minutemen fought on the front lines in the first battles against British authority. African Americans assembled at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, to defend Boston against a threatened at ...

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Today in History: Emmet Ashford Became the first African American Major League Umpire

On this day, April 12, 1966, Emmet Ashford became the first African American major league umpire. When he was named to the American League, Emmett Littleton Ashford nicknamed "Ash", was the first African American umpire in Major League Baseball, he worked in the league from 1966 to 1970. He also served as umpire-in-chief for the Alaskan Summer League for three years. Ashford died of a heart attack at age 65 ...

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Today in History: Carmen McRae was Born

On this day in 1920, Carmen McRae was born April 8, 1920. After winning an amateur contest at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theatre in her hometown New York City, McRae went on to become a noted jazz singer with Earl Hines, Mercer "Duke" Ellington and Benny Carter bands among others and recording more than 20 albums. She Died Nov. 10, 1994 in Beverly Hills, Ca. ...

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Today in History: FBI Documents Released in Response to a Freedom of Information Suit

On this day in 1976, FBI documents, released in response to a freedom of information suit, revealed that the government mounted an intensive campaign against civil rights organizations in the sixties. In a letter dated August 25, 1967, the FBI said the government operation, called COINTELPRO, was designed "to expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit or otherwise neutralize the activities of Black nationalists, ...

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Today in History: Marvin Gaye was Born

On this day, 1939 Marvin Gaye is born in Washington, D.C. He will sign with Motown in 1962 and begin a 22-year career that includes hits "Pride and Joy," duets with Mary Wells and Tammi Terrell, as well as best-selling albums exploring his social consciousness (What's Going On) and sexuality (Let's Get It On, Midnight Love). ...

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