On This Day in Black History: January 27
1869
Composer and conductor Will Marion Cook was born.
1894
Fritz Pollard, the first African-American coach in the National Football League, was born.
1953
Ralph Ellison won the prestigious National Book Award for his seminal novel Invisible Man.
1961
Leontyne Price made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera House.
1972
Mahalia Jackson, America's greatest gospel singer, died.
1980
Robert Mugabe returned to his country, Rhodesia, after five years in exile.
1996
A military coup led by the armed forces chief General Ibrahim Bare Mainassara ousted Niger's first democratically president.

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Ernest Everett Just
Ernest E. Just was a "scientist's scientist". Dr. Charles Drew, a pioneer in blood plasma research himself, described Dr. Just as "a biologist of unusual skill and the greatest of our original thinkers in the field". More...


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Bessie Coleman
Bessie Coleman became the first black woman ever to fly an airplane and the first African American to earn an international pilot's license. More...

The Dogon of Mali
For centuries, the Dogon of Mali have had an excellent understanding of the solar system, particularly the Sirius star system. More...

Cowrie Shells
Cowrie shells were the most popular currency within Africa. Pictures of cowrie shells adorned cave walls. The Egyptians considered them to be magical agents and also used them as currency in foreign exchange transactions. Archaeologists have excavated millions of them in the tombs of the Pharaohs. More...

Dr. Charles Drew
In 1940, Charles Drew earned his Doctor of Medical Science Degree, and his dissertation was on the concept of "banked blood"—storing blood as plasma to increase storage life. More...

Dr. Christine M. Darden
Dr. Christine M. Darden has been one of the leading aerospace engineers at NASA's Langley Research Center. More...

Candace of Meroe
Unlike the queens of Egypt who derived power from their husbands, the Queens of Kush were independent rulers, to the extent that it was often thought that Meroe never had a king. Four of these queens—Amanerinas, Amanishakhete, Nawidemak and Maleqereabar—became distinctively known as Candaces, a corruption of the word Kentake. More...


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