Today in Black History – January 3

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    *1621: William Tucker, the first African American, was born.

    *1947: U.S. Rep. William Dawson was the first Black to head a standing committee of Congress, the House Expenditures Committee.

    *1966: Civil Rights activist Sammy Younge Jr., a Tuskegee Institute student, fatally shot by a 67-year-old gas station employee for using the “Whites only” restroom at the station.

    *1989: The “Arsenio Hall Show” premiered.

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