This Day in Black History

This Day in Black History highlights historical events and groundbreaking achievements of African-Americans. Each day, BET.com presents a new historical fact and provides context for how these individuals and events influenced change. From the heroes of the Underground Railroad to the civil rights movement to the election of the country's first Black president, look back at how African-Americans have impacted the world.

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This Day in Black History: July 31, 1956

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick was born on July 31, 1956.

This Day in Black History: July 30, 2002

Lisa Leslie is the first woman to slam dunk in a professional game.

This Day in Black History: July 29, 1996

Carl Lewis wins fourth consecutive Olympic Long Jump Gold.

This Day in Black History: July 28, 1917

A coalition of Black civic and religious groups organized a silent march in Harlem on July 28, 1917 to protest the treatment of Blacks.

This Day in Black History: July 27, 1984

Purple Rain, starring Prince, made its box-office debut on July 27, 1984.

This Day in Black History: July 25, 1992

Gen. Colin Powell dedicates Buffalo Soldiers monument at Fort Leavenworth on July 25, 1992.
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