“28 years ago today Jonathan Poneman and Bruce Pavitt opened Sub Pop’s first office space in the Terminal Sales Building. Since then (and even prior to those doors opening) there have been countless artists, employees and supporters who have made it the label that it is today. A big thanks to all of you!” - MJ
On this day in 1993, Arthur Ashe dies. He was the first black player ever selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open. He passed away at 49
On this day in 1961, The Jail-in Movement started in Rock Hill S.C., when students refused to pay fines and requested jail sentences. The Friendship Nine was a group of African American men who went to jail after staging a sit-in at a segregated McCrory’s lunch counter in Rock Hill, South Carolina in 1961. The group gained nationwide attention because they followed an untried strategy called “Jail, No Bail”,which lessened the huge financial burden civil rights groups were facing as the sit-in movement spread across the South. They became known as the Friendship Nine because eight of the nine men were students at Rock Hill’s Friendship Junior College.
On this day in 1945, Nesta Robert Marley, better known as Bob Marley, was born Nine Mile, Jamaica. This famed musician achieved international fame through a series of crossover reggae albums. Starting out in 1963 with the group the Wailers, he forged a distinctive songwriting and vocal style that would later resonate with audiences worldwide. The Wailers would go on to release some of the earliest reggae records with producer Lee Scratch Perry. After the Wailers disbanded in 1974, Marley pursued a solo career which culminated in the release of the album Exodus in 1977 which established his worldwide reputation. He was a committed Rastafarian who infused his music with a profound sense of spirituality.
On this day in 1933, Walter E. Fauntroy was born. Fauntroy is the former pastor of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and a civil rights activist. He is also a former delegate to the United States Congress and was a candidate for the 1972 and 1976 Democratic presidential nomination, as well as a human rights activist. His stated life work is to advocate public policy that “declares Good News to the poor, that binds up the brokenhearted and sets at liberty them that are bound” in the United States and around the world.
On this day in 1898, Melvin B. Tolson was born. Melvin Beaunorus Tolson was an American Modernist poet, educator, columnist, and politician. His work concentrated on the experience of African Americans and includes several long historical poems. His work was influenced by his study of the Harlem Renaissance, although he spent nearly all of his career in Texas and Oklahoma.Tolson is the protagonist of the 2007 biopic The Great Debaters. The film, produced by Oprah Winfrey, is based on his work with students at predominantly-black Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, and their debate with University of Southern California (USC). (In the movie, the team debates Harvard, not USC). Tolson is portrayed by Denzel Washington, who also directed the film.
On this day in 1870, Jonathan Jasper Wright was elected to the South Carolina Supreme Court. Wright served as a judge on the Supreme Court of the State of South Carolina during Reconstruction from 1870 to 1877.
On this day in 1867, The Peabody Fund was established. the Peabody Education Fund was established by George Peabody in 1867 for the purpose of promoting “intellectual, moral, and industrial education in the most destitute portion of the Southern States.” The gift of foundation consisted of securities to the value of $2,100,000, of which $1,100,000 were in Mississippi State bonds, afterward repudiated. In 1869 an additional $1,000,000 was given by Mr. Peabody, with $384,000 of Florida funds, also repudiated later. The main purpose of the fund was to aid elementary education by strengthening existing schools. Because it was restricted from founding new schools, it did not benefit freedmen in the South, as there were no established schools for blacks.”The fund introduced a new type of benefaction in that it was left without restriction in the hands of the trustees to administer. Power to close the trust after thirty years was provided on condition that two-thirds of the fund be distributed to educational institutions in the Southern states.”The rules of the Peabody Education Fund were strict, allowing for the distribution of about $80,000 per year over a period of thirty years. By the time of the termination of the fund in 1898, about $2,500,000 had been distributed. In 1875 the trustees of the Peabody Education Fund founded the Peabody Normal School of the South which promptly became the Peabody Normal College (1875-1911). It was maintained in connection with the University of Nashville and supported by annual donations from the Peabody Education Fund. In 1910 the Peabody College for Teachers was organized. Placed adjacent to Vanderbilt University, the college opened its doors on June 14, 1914 for summer school. In September 1915, four new buildings had been completed at a cost of $750,000. About 1915, the Peabody Education Fund ceased to exist.The Southern Education Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation, was created in 1937 from the Peabody Education Fund and three funds intended to support education for blacks: the John F. Slater Fund, the Negro Rural School Fund, and the Virginia Randolph Fund.
On this day in 1820, the Mayflower of Liberia set sail. This was the first organized Black emigration back to Africa.It began when 86 free Blacks left New York Harbor aboard the ship the Elizabeth, which was called the Mayflower of Liberia. They were bound for the British colony of Sierra Leone, a country that welcomed free Blacks from America as well as fugitive slaves. It arrived on March 9th of that year.
On this day in 1820, the United States population was 9,638,453 strong with the Black population being a whopping 1,771,656 people (18.4 percent of the US population)
The talk with Evelyn had certainly had an effect on Jasper and Jonathan; despite the Butler still eluding them and the threat of Requiem still being a possibility, they found themselves feeling almost as safe as they had before the whole hunter issue even began. Safe enough, actually, to be able to just lounge around in the front yard after having returned from managing a little debt misunderstanding in town.
The two of them were lying down on a towel, taking in the sun. Jonathan had bought some raw meat from the local butcher and was munching contentedly, while Jasper was drinking a Coke (he’d just recently discovered the beverage, and he was in love).