TODAY IN BLACK HISTORY: September 20

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Alfre Woodard wins her second Emmy for outstanding guest performance in the dramatic series L.A. Law. (1987)

The Cosby Show premieres on NBC. (1984)

Martin Luther King Jr. stabbed in chest by a deranged Black woman while he was autographing books in a Harlem department store. Woman was placed under mental observation. (1958)

Pianist Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton born in New Orleans, Louisiana. (1885)

First National Black convention met at Philadelphia’s Bethel AME church and elected Richard Allen president. Thirty-eight delegates from eight states attended the first national meeting of Blacks. (1830)
Maryland enacted first anti-amalgamation law to prevent widespread intermarriage of English women and Black men. Other colonies passed similar laws: Virginia, 1691; Massachusetts 1705; North Carolina, 1715; South Carolina, 1717; Delaware, 1721; Pennsylvania, 1725. (1664)

Take a look at some more moments in Black History below:

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