Today In Black History On January 14th

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  1. The National Steamboat Company was established (January 14, 1895) by Blacks in Washington, D.C. to great expectations. This is a little known story in Black history, with the luxury boat “George Leary” having a capacity of 1,500 passengers. It sailed between D.C. and Norfolk, Virginia, and was considered a great success for the gentlemen involved. The boat had 64 state rooms, 100 berths, 3 decks, and a large dining room.
  2. John Oliver Killens was born on this day (January 14, 1916) and is an author that specializes in writing about African American life. He gained early interest in his career thanks to his family and their encouragement. His dad got him into Langston Hughes’ writings while his mom encouraged him to go into poetry. However, what really defined his inspiration were the tales his grandmother would tell him about slavery. Notable books under his name are, “Then We Heard the Thunder,” “One Good Bull is Half the Herd,” and “The Great Black Russian: The Life and Times of Alexander Pushkin.” Before he became an established writer, he served in World War II, earning the rank of master sergeant after two years in the South Pacific.
  3. Ernest E. Just becomes V.P. of American Zoologists (January 14, 1930) with much support. The talented biologist had already become a pioneer for cell division not because of his skin color, but because of his talent. Much like George Washington Carver, he made a name for himself on skills alone. His legacy continues to live on in science, as his work with cell surface in the development of organisms has opened up a lot of new scientific paths in the community.
  4. Julian Bond was born on this day (January 14, 1940) and was a strong leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He also served four terms in the Georgia House of Representatives and six terms in the Georgia State Senate, marking one of the most successful political careers in American history.

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