Artist Jacob Lawrence died on this date in Seattle, Washington. Lawrence depicted moments in African American history in his abstract principle paintings such as the Great Migration. Some of his other paintings include <I>The Wedding</I>, <I>Tombstones</I>, and <I>Pool Parlor</I>.
Poet and author William Braithwaite died on this date in New York City. Some of his books include <I>The House of Falling Leaves</I> and <I>The Book of Elizabethan Verse</I>.
Attorney Albert E. Dotson, Jr. is born on this date in Detroit, Michigan.
The first African American Rhodes Scholar, Alain Locke was also a major driving force behind the Harlem Renaissance. He dies in New York City on this day.
Civil rights attorney Oliver Hill becomes the first African American to be elected to the city council of Richmond, Virginia.
Attorney David Baker Lewis is born on this date in Detroit, Michigan.
In the skies over Pantelleria, Sicily, the Tuskegee Airmen engage in combat with the enemy. Lieutenant Charles Dryden led the attack, and the battle was the first time in aviation history that Black pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps engaged in combat.