Black History Facts
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- Jesse Jackson successfully negotiated the release of Lieutenant Robert O. Goodman Jr., an African-American pilot who had been shot down over Syria and taken hostage in 1983.
- Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion, patented a wrench in 1922.
- The theme song for the groundbreaking African-American sitcom Sanford and Sons was composed by music great Quincy Jones.
- In her early life, Coretta Scott King was as well-known for her singing and violin playing as she was for her civil rights activism. The young soprano won a fellowship to the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, the city where she met future husband Martin Luther King Jr.