Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

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May 31, 1940: Burt's Shoes advertisement in Atlanta Daily World


May 30, 1963: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leads Freedom Rally in Los Angeles.  Guest post by Mark Speltz.

May 29, 1926Pittsburgh Courier reports that U.S. Supreme Court dismisses Corrigan v. Buckley and upholds legality of racially restrictive covenants


May 28, 1955
: Rebecca Stiles Dodson calls for release of Claudia Jones in Chicago Defender


May 27, 1944: Recruiting black workers to war industries in Cleveland Call and Post


May 26, 1934: Torch singer Ivy Anderson in Norfolk Journal and Guide


May 25, 1933Philadelphia Tribune reports on murder of evangelist G. Wilson Becton


May 24, 1961Chicago Defender reported that the Freedom Riders would continue their campaign against segregated interstate buses in the South.


May 23, 1953Pittsburgh Courier reports that city newspapers adopted a code of classified advertising which eliminates reference to race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry.
 

May 22, 1970Atlanta Daily World reports on a new monthly magazine for black women, Essence.
 

May 21, 1936: Federal Negro Theater Project production of "Macbeth" at New Lafayette Theatre in Harlem.


May 20, 1948Los Angeles Sentinel on lawsuit involving former boxing champion Henry Armstrong.


May 19, 1962: Advertisement for electric clothes dryers in Philadelphia Tribune.


May 18, 1954Atlanta Daily World on the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board decision.


May 17, 1932: Teacher and Fisk University graduate Chrystal Tulli directs play, "Ballet Beautiful," featured in Atlanta Daily World.


May 16, 1935: Poet Arna Bontemps speaks at Vernon Library Book club, noted in Los Angeles Sentinel.
 


May 15, 1993New York Amsterdam News celebrates Malcolm X's birthday.  Guest post by Bridget McEvoy, undergraduate student at Manhattan College.

May 14, 1904Booker T. Washington on African-American education in The Appeal (Minneapolis & St. Paul) on .  Guest post Shelby Worth, undergraduate student at Iowa State University. 


May 13, 1961Cleveland Call and Post on deejay Eddie O'Jay and music in the city.
 

May 13, 1921Baltimore Afro-American on racial disparities in teachers' pay.  Guest post by Jordan Washington, undergraduate student at Iowa State University.


May 12, 1926
New York Amsterdam News on prohibition movement.  Guest post by Filomena Matoshi, undergraduate student at Manhattan College.


May 12, 1899Iowa State Bystander on lynching of Sam Hose.  Guest post by Nathan Volkert, undergraduate student at Iowa State University. 


May 11, 1912
Chicago Defender reports on dispute in Georgia over black chauffeur using employer's car.  Guest post by Denver Studebaker, undergraduate student at Iowa State University.
 

May 10, 1947Baltimore Afro-American profiles Darwin Turner, who was Phi Beta Kappa at fifteen and became a professor at the University of Iowa.  Guest post by Andrew Spargo, undergraduate student at Iowa State University.

May 10, 1919: Chicago Broad Ax reviews Eighth Regiment military band.  Guest post by Katherine Garnett, undergraduate student at Manhattan College.


May 9, 1970: Mother claims squatter's rights in vacant apartment building owned by Columbia University.  Guest post by Paige Champman, undergraduate student at Manhattan College.


May 9, 1964: Black debutantes in the Indianapolis Recorder.  Guest post by Lauren Sendlebach, undergraduate student at Iowa State University.


May 8, 1958California Eagle reports on police brutality.  Guest post by Paige Ross, undergraduate student at Iowa State University.


May 8, 1929: Harlem teenager wins New York City oratory competition, reported in New York Amsterdam News.  Guest post by Ellie Siwicki, undergraduate student at Manhattan College.


May 7, 1963Washington Afro-American reports on black family fighting to keep land from developers.  Guest post by Bryce Rooney, undergraduate student at Iowa State University.


May 6, 1943California Eagle on discrimination in war industries.  Guest post by Niccolo Peterson, undergraduate student at Iowa State University.


May 6, 1922Dallas Express calls for more roles for African-American actors.  Guest post by Ariel Sumendap, undergraduate student at Manhattan College.


May 5, 1945Baltimore Afro-American reports on 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion (the "Triple Nickels").  Guest post by Daniel Obren, undergraduate student at Iowa State University.


May 4, 1963: Martin Luther King Jr. and protestors sentenced to ten days in Birmingham jail, reported in Baltimore Afro-American. Guest post by Aaron Nostwich, undergraduate student at Iowa State University.


May 4, 1957: Martin Luther King Jr. speaks at rally in New York City, reported in New York Amsterdam News.  Guest post by Charles Zazzera, undergraduate student at Manhattan College.


May 3, 1958New York Amsterdam News reports on socialites canceling wedding.  Guest post by Kelly Monfredini, undergraduate student at Manhattan College.

May 3, 1919: WWI passport dispute reported in St. Paul Appeal.  Guest post by Andrew Mullinnix, undergraduate student at Iowa State University.


May 2, 1957: Court rules Philadelphia's Girard College must open to black students, reported in the California Eagle.  Guest post by Blake Miller, undergraduate student at Iowa State University.


May 1, 1954: Montgomery hires first African-American police officers, reported in Chicago Defender.  Guest post by Caitlin Sullivan, undergraduate student at Manhattan College.


May 1, 1954: NAACP criticizes federal housing plans, reported in Baltimore Afro-American.  Guest post by Matthew Lee, undergraduate student at Iowa State University.

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