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: Aug. 22, 1989

Huey P. Newton was killed in Oakland, California on Aug. 22, 1989.

This Day in Black History: Aug. 20, 1942

Singer, composer and entertainer Isaac Hayes was born on Aug. 20, 1942, in Covington, Tennessee.

This Day in Black History: Aug. 19, 1958

NAACP Youth Council begins sit-ins at Katz Drug Store lunch counter in Oklahoma City on Aug. 19, 1958.

This Day in Black History: Aug. 18, 1963

James Meredith became the first African-American student to graduate from the University of Mississippi.

This Day in Black History: Aug. 16, 2001

Stephanie Ready became the first woman to coach a professional men's league team.

This Day in Black History: Aug. 15, 1938

California Rep. Maxine Waters was born in Kinloch, Missouri, on Aug. 15, 1938.
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