This Week in Black History
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April 29, 1945---Richard Wright's'Black Boy' reached first place onthe National Best Seller Book List.
April 30, 1961---lsiah Lord Thomasis born in Chicago, Ill. One of ninechildren raised by a single mother,Thomas will become a basketballstar, first for Indiana University andlater for the Detroit Pistons, wherehe will lead the team to 1989 and1990 NBA championships.
May 1, 1950---Gwendolyn Brooks,poet, first Black awarded a PulitzerPrize (poetry) in 1950. Brooks wasborn in Topeka, Kansas but grew upin Chicago. She is a witty poet whosatirizes blacks and whites andattacks racial discrimination. Sheuses black language and rituals toproclaim black solidarity.
May 2, 1992---Los Angeles beginsclean up and rebuilding after theRodney King riots (58 deaths, 600fires, 1 billion dollars of propertydamage)
May 3, 1967---Black studentsseized finance building atNorthwestern University anddemanded Black-oriented curriculumand campus reforms.
May 4, 1891---Dr. Daniel HaleWilliams founded the ProvidentHospital and Training School.
May 5, 1969---Moneta Sleetbecomes the first African Americanto win a Pulitzer Prize for his photographof Mrs. Martin Luther King,Jr. and her daughter at her husband'sfuneral