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December 7, 1958
On December 7, 1958, the Atlanta Daily World ran an advertisement for the Orange Blossom Classic football game at Miami's Orange Bowl stadium between Florida A&M University and Prairie View University. The Orange Blossom Classic was the de facto Black National Championship game and always pitted Florida A&M against a visiting team. In their preview of the game the Daily World noted that this was the "fifth meeting of the two potent football giants" and that the underdog Florida A&M squad have "all to win and nothing to lose" against undefeated Prairie View, which was ranked No. 1 in the nation by the Associate Negro Press. Prairie View was led by coach Billy Nicks and by "Texas Giant-like six-four 210 lb. quarterback" David Webster.
Prairie View won the game 26-8 and the Daily World reported that "39,426 See Panthers Win Undisputed Nat'l Crown." Sports columnist Marion Jackson wrote that Prairie View coach Billy Nicks was frustrated "that some unfair tactics had been used against his team in not judging them national champions on the basis of regular season play. He took newspapermen to task for what he termed a farce in billing the Orange Blossom Classic yearly as a national championship game when it was purely a post-season exhibition." Finally, ten days after the game the Daily World noted that a local sports group of sport enthusiasts called the 100 Per Cent Wrong Club had also named Prairie View the national intercollegiate football champions for 1958.
December - Archived Posts
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December 1, 1973: Pittsburgh Courier editors call on President Nixon to resign amidst Watergate scandal
December 2, 1933: World War I veteran Rufus Atwood featured in Baltimore Afro-American "Heroes of the World War" series
December 3, 1959: Los Angeles Sentinel columnist Stanley Robinson on "20th Century Slavery," recruiting of black domestic workers to Los Angeles from South. Guest post by Chase Miller, History MA student at Arizona State University.
December 4, 1930: Ad for black vaudeville troupe the Whitman Sisters in the Philadelphia Tribune
December 5, 1942: New York Amsterdam News encourages reader to vote for Duke Ellington in Downbeat Magazine poll. Guest post by Todd Daily, History MA student at Arizona State University.
December 6, 1969: Whitney Young critiques Vice President Spiro Agnew's speech on television news in Chicago Defender. Guest post by Keisha Smith, History MA student at Arizona State University.
December 7, 1958: Orange Blossom Classic football game pits Florida A&M against Prairie View for Black National Championship, ad in Atlanta Daily World
December 8, 1926: Urban League employment campaign reported in New York Amsterdam News
December 9, 1948: House of Records advertisement in Los Angeles Sentinel
December 10, 1927: Chicago Defender on Marcus Garvey's deportation to Jamaica. Guest post by Avi Buckles, History MA student at Arizona State University.
December 11, 1959: President of Bennett College’s Student Senate asks classmates "Where do you stand?" in Bennet Banner. Guest post by Deidre B. Flowers, Doctoral Candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University
December 12, 1935: Josephine Baker in Ziegfeld Follies, covered in Philadelphia Tribune
December 13, 1953: Atlanta Daily World awaits Brown v. Board ruling. Guest post by Jeffrey Joynt, History MA student at Arizona State University.
December 13, 1952: Philadelphia Tribune columnist Mamie Robinson on black Republican women. Guest post by Michael Embry, History MA student at Arizona State University.
December 14, 1963: Pittsburgh Courier on Malcolm X and Nation of Islam. Guest post by Geoff Schumacher, History MA student at Arizona State University.
December 15, 1923: Brown & Stevens Bank ad for "Christmas Club" savings accounts in Philadelphia Tribune
December 16, 1950: New York Amsterdam News praises life of Naval aviator Jesse L. Brown. Guest post by Stanley Bowling, Manager of Content Digitization at ProQuest and United States Navy veteran.
December 16, 1971: Los Angeles Sentinel on the death of Dr. Ralph Bunche. Guest post by John Loll, History MA student at Arizona State University.
December 17, 1955: Baltimore Afro-American on Rosa Parks, E.D. Nixon and Montgomery Bus Boycott. Guest post by Adam Pinkerton, History MA student at Arizona State University.
December 17, 1998: Los Angeles Sentinel columnist Larry Aubry on race and politics. Guest post by Tiffanie Butcher, History MA student at Arizona State University.
December 18, 1986: Advertisement for Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland Call and Post.
December 19, 1942: Racial barriers during WWII reported in Baltimore Afro-American. Guest post by Kristopher Boatman, History MA student at Arizona State University.
December 20, 1930: Singer Alberta Hunter describes black performers being treated better in Europe than in United States, reported in Norfolk Journal and Guide
December 21, 1978: Origins and meaning of Kwanza discussed in Los Angeles Sentinel.
December 22, 1978: Black Santa in the Pittsburgh Courier.
December 23, 1934: Ex-Slave Association meeting reported in Atlanta Daily World.
December 24, 1932: Chicago Defender on protests against Birth of a Nation
December 25, 1937: Harlem churches and civic organizations help needy families for Christmas, reported in New York Amsterdam News.
December 26, 1957: Afro-Asian People's Solidarity Conference covered in Los Angeles Sentinel.
December 27, 1958: Leroy Crayton's Southern Sausage Company runs ad praising Christ's love in Cleveland Call and Post.
December 28, 1957: New York Amsterdam News on the "Year Negroes Fought Back"
December 29, 1962: Professional football teams draft several black players, covered in Cleveland Call and Post. Guest post by Caryn Tijsseling, History MA student at Arizona State University.
December 30, 1916: Philadelphia Tribune obituary for soprano Sarah Sedgewick Bowers-Bell.
December 31, 1969: Chicago Defender on call for civilian inquiry into police abuse. Guest post by Rubin McMillan, History MA student at Arizona State University.
December 31, 1957: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. accepts award from Philadelphia Cotillion Society, reported in Philadelphia Tribune. Guest post by Stephen Huff, History MA student at Arizona State University.
December 31, 1940: NAACP asks US Attorney General to investigate racial terror in Memphis, reported in Atlanta Daily World. Guest post by Candace F. Bryson, History MA student at Arizona State University.