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Name: Priscila Corpeno
Date registered: October 3, 2013

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Mar 04

March 4th, 1963: Garfield Hotel

On this day in 1963, an inferno overtakes the Garfield Hotel killing two people during a spectacular five-alarm blaze. The two-story structure, located in the heart of the popular African-American entertainment district called Paradise Valley, is virtually destroyed. The victims are 65-year-old William Ellis and 29-year-old Mildred Harris. The Garfield is located at 4457 John …

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Mar 03

March 3rd, 1941: Women’s History Month – Making a Way Out of No Way.

Women’s History Month: Making a Way Out of No Way. In 1941, the Detroit Association of Women’s Clubs officially moved into its new home, located at 326 East Ferry. Because of deed restrictions preventing African-Americans from purchasing property on Ferry Street, the club, led by Dr. Rosa Slade Gragg, created an entrance on the Brush …

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Mar 03

March 3rd, 1945: Samuel H. Russell

On this day in 1945, Samuel H. Russell retires from the U.S. Post Office with more than 45 years of service, the Michigan Chroniclereports. Russell, superintendent of the Alfred Street, located on the city’s lower east side, is the first African-American man to occupy the post. Thank you to Ken Coleman on Facebook www.onthisdaydetroit.com

Feb 28

February 28th, 1952: Coleman A. Young

On this day in 1952, Coleman A. Young testifies before the U.S. House Un-American Activities Committee, a controversial congressional unit hell bent on identifying and rooting out communist sympathizers in America during the Cold War Era. The feisty labor activist becomes one of the first witnesses to confront the committee, described by some as rouge …

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Feb 27

February 27th, 1942: Sojourner Truth Home

On this day in 1942, an angry group of 150 whites picket the Sojourner Truth Homes, one day before African-Americans are to begin moving into the new project. The incident, which includes a crowd that swells toward 1,200 and a KKK-style cross burning, takes place months after the Detroit Housing Commission approves two federally-funded public …

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Feb 27

February 27th, 1911: Ed Davis

On this day in 1911, Ed Davis is born in Shreveport, Louisiana. The oldest of 10 children will migrate to Detroit and open an automobile dealership in 1939 in Paradise Valley, a predominately African-American business and entertainment district. On November 11, 1963, he will become the first African-American to be awarded a Big Three auto …

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Feb 26

February 26th, 1944: A. Phillip Randolph

On this day in 1944, the Michigan Chronicle reports that A. Phillip Randolph delivers fiery oratory at Second Baptist Church. Randolph speaks on the subject: “The Negro in War and in Peace.” The founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters union maintains that African-Americans should “stop crawling on their bellies and stand up on …

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Feb 26

February 26th, 1943: Sugar Ray Robinson

On this day in 1943, Sugar Ray Robinson wins a 10th-round decision over Jake LaMotta in their bout, which is held at Olympia Stadium. The contest, their third, will further help to establish Robinson, who learned the “sweet science” as a young man toiling at Brewster Recreation Center, as “Fighter of the Century,” an honor …

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Feb 25

February 25th, 2003: Kem’s “Kemistry”

On this day in 2003, Motown Records releases Kem’s “Kemistry.” It is the first studio album for the longtime city resident who once battled drug addiction and endured homelessness as an adult.   Thank you to Ken Coleman on Facebook www.onthisdaydetroit.com

Feb 25

February 25th, 1918: Arthur D. Coar

On this day in 1918, Arthur D. Coar is born in Detroit. He will help to lead the Association for the Study of Negro Life, a national organization. He will also co-found the African Art Gallery Committee (later known as the Friends of African and African American Art), an auxiliary of the Detroit Institute of …

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