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On This Day In Black History.. July 22nd

Lester Walton appointed Minister to Liberia

Walton (1882 – 1965) was an American diplomat to Liberia. In 1912 Lester Walton was married to Gladys Moore, daughter of Fred A. Moore, publisher of the New York Age. They had two daughters together.
Walton is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, the first inter-collegiate Greek letter organization established for African Americans.

Emancipation Proclamation is read to the cabinet, by Abraham Lincoln, 1861

When Lincoln felt the time had come to pursue emancipation as a “military necessity,” he read an initial draft of his Proclamation to his cabinet. His advisors were apathetic to the Proclamation, or worse, worried that it was too radical. Secretary of State William Seward suggested that Lincoln wait to issue the Proclamation until a Union victory could prove that the federal government could enforce it. The Proclamation was officially released on September 22nd, 1862, after the Battle of Antietam, but the two months between July and September gave Lincoln the necessary time to revise the Proclamation from its original content.

1939 :
Jane Matilda Bolin appointed judge of court

(April 11, 1908 – January 8, 2007) was the first African-American woman to graduate from Yale Law School, the first to join the New York City Bar Association, and the first to join the New York City Law Department. She became the first black woman to serve as a judge in the United States when she was sworn into the bench of the New York City Domestic Relations Court in 1939.

1963 :
Floyd Patterson is defeated by Sony Liston and loses his world heavyweight title

About halfway through the first round, Liston hurt Patterson with a right uppercut. Liston followed with a series of punches, ending with a left hook, that dropped Patterson. He made it to his feet but was unable to beat the referee’s count of ten. Gilbert Rogin of Sports Illustrated wrote: “Liston is not a notably swift and flashy hitter, but that final left hook crashed into Patterson’s cheek like a diesel rig going downhill, no brakes….There are no fighters extant, and precious few mammals of any variety, that could have beaten the count. The miracle is that Patterson was able to get to his knees.”

2001 :
Actor Whitman Mayo dies

Whitman Mayo, best known for playing “Grady” on TV’s Sanford & Son, died in Atlanta of a heart attack. He was 70.


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