Wednesday, 11 December 2013 11:51
As we mourn the loss of one of the 20th century's most transformational leaders, the Pasadena Journal takes this opportunity to honor the life of Nelson Mandela.
. . . "Madiba, today and forever, we will remember you — and your legacy will live on." (The Life, Legacy and Lessons of Nelson Mandela).
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12/12/1754: Benjamin Banneker, mathematician & astronomer, completed first clock made entirely in America. Read More.
12/12/1899: George Grant, dentist & avid golfer receives patent for wooden golf tee.
12/12/1913: James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens, world record setting athlete & four-time 1936 Berlin Olympic gold medal winner, born.
12/13/1944: First African American women complete officer training for the WAVES (Women's Auxiliary Volunteers for Emergency Service).
12/14/1777: First African Baptist Church of Savannah, Georgia, one of oldest black churches in N. America, began.
12/15/1883: William Augustus Hinton, bacteriologist & pathologist, professor & first Black to publish academic textbook, born.
12/16/2000: Colin Powell appointed 65th U.S Secretary of State, first African-American to hold position.
12/17/1910: Sy Oliver, trumpeter, composer, band leader & one of leading music arrangers of 1930s & '40s, born. Read More.
12/17/1916: George & Noble Johnson founded nation's first Black-owned & oriented film company, the Lincoln Motion Picture Company, to combat demeaning & stereotypical portrayals. Its first production: "The Realization of a Negro's Ambition."
12/18/1852: George H. White, only African American member of U.S. House of Representatives (1896), first to introduce anti-lynching bill, & founder of Whitesboro NJ, a haven for African Americans escaping Southern racism, born.