‘Roots’ premieres on ABC, Klay Thompson’s 37-point quarterback and more – The Undefeated

1821 –Minister and Missionary Leader Lott Cary, a native of Charles City County, Va., departs Norfolk, Va., and heads to West Africa with a group of liberated people on a chartered ship from the American Colonization Society, a group that encouraged the migration and resettlement of freed American slaves to Africa. Upon arriving at their final destination a year later, they laid the groundwork for the establishment of the nation of Liberia. Cary became acting governor of the colony in August 1828. He died later that year in November in a gunpowder explosion. Liberia declared its independence on July 26, 1847. It is the only country in Africa that has never been subject to colonial rule and it is the oldest republic on the continent.

1964 – The 24th Amendment, which prohibited federal and state governments from imposing poll taxes on citizens before they can participate in a federal election, is ratified. Poll taxes were created in the 1890s as a legal way to prevent African Americans from voting in Southern states. Voters had to pay a poll tax before they could vote. Even though the 15th Amendment gave former slaves the right to vote in 1870 by prohibiting the government from denying or restricting a citizen’s right to vote “because of race, color, or previous condition of servitude “, many poor people, especially black people, did not have the money to pay the tax. A grandfather clause excused some poor white people from payment if they had an ancestor who had voted before the Civil War, but there was no such exemption for African Americans.

1976 — Actor, singer and global activist Paul Robeson dies in Philadelphia of complications from a stroke. He was 77 years old. Robeson, a New Jersey native, attended Rutgers University (the third African American to do so), where he was an All-America football star and also won letters in baseball, basketball and track and field. . He was accepted into the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honors Society and graduated from Rutgers in 1919 as valedictorian of his class. After earning a law degree from Columbia University in 1923, Robeson began a career in acting. He joined the Provincetown Players, a New York theater troupe that included playwright Eugene O’Neill, and appeared in O’Neill’s play. All God’s Chillun have wings in 1924. His later appearance in the title role of O’Neill’s The Emperor Jones received critical acclaim in New York and London. Later he became world famous as Joe in the musical Show boat with his bass rendition of “Ol’ Man River”. Her portrayal of the title role in othello in London (1930) won acclaim and he later became the first African-American to play Othello on Broadway. As an activist, Robeson regularly spoke out against racial injustice and was involved in world politics. He supported Pan-Africanism, sang for loyalist soldiers during the Spanish Civil War, took part in anti-Nazi demonstrations and performed for Allied forces during World War II.

1977Roots, a miniseries based on Alex Haley’s 1976 novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family, premieres on ABC, with John Amos, LeVar Burton, Lou Gossett Jr., OJ Simpson, Madge Sinclair, Cicely Tyson, Leslie Uggams and Ben Vereen. The eight-episode miniseries, which airs for eight consecutive nights, follows a family from their origins in West Africa through generations of slavery and the end of civil war. The cultural impact of Roots was immediate, as it broke multiple Nielsen television ratings records and sparked difficult but necessary conversations about the slave trade and the troubles black families faced in America. Roots received 43 Emmy Award nominations and received eight Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Lead Actor for Gossett Jr. and Outstanding Supporting Actress for Olivia Cole. It still ranks among the most-watched TV miniseries of all time.

2015 – Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson sets the NBA record for most points scored in a quarter (37), 3 points in a quarter (nine) and tied the league record for goals scored on the field made in a quarter by going 13 for 13 in a 126-101 win over the Sacramento Kings. Thompson scored 19 straight points in five minutes and 26 seconds and single-handedly edged the Kings by 15 points in the quarter. He finished the game with what was then a career-high 52 points, despite running 9½ minutes into the game.

Cayla Sweazie, a senior multimedia journalism student and student-athlete on the Morgan State softball team, is from Ashburn, Virginia. She is a staff writer for The Spokesman, Morgan State’s student newspaper, and is the head of the digital magazine Unapologetic & Pure, a site by young journalists for young readers.

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