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  THIS MONTH IN GEORGIA'S

BLACK HISTORY

 

 

HANK AARON  July 3, 1960

Atlanta Braves slugger Hank Aaron hit his 199th and 200th home run in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

 

 

 

 

 

EZZARD CHARLES  July 7, 1921

Heavweight boxing champion (1949-51) Ezzard (Mack) Charles was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Charles became heavyweight champion in September 1950, when he defeated Joe Louis on points in 15 rounds. He lost the title to Jersey Joe Walcott in a 7-round knockout in 1951. Charles died May 28, 1975.

 

 

 

 

ROSIE GREER July 14, 1932

New York Giants football legend and subsequent actor Roosevelt (Rosie) Greer was born in Cuthbert, Georgia.

 

 

 

 

 

TERESA EDWARDS was born July 19, 1964

University of Georgia basketball great Teresa Edwards was born. She would go on to become an Olympic basketball player, winning gold medals in 1984, 1988, 1992, and 1996.

 

 

 

 

ALONZO HERNDON July 21, 1927

Alonzo Herndon died in Atlanta, Georgia.  The first major black entrepreneur in Atlanta history, Herndon was born into slavery in Walton County, Georgia. After the Civil War, he moved to Jonesboro, where he opened a barber shop. Within a few months, he moved to Atlanta and began working in a downtown barber shop for blacks. Before long, Herndon owned several Atlanta barbershops , though the most famous was the "A. F. Herndon's Tonsorial Palace" which opened in 1902 on 66 Peachtree St. With mirror-lined walls, this glamorous facility was the most famous barber shop in the South -- and some would say the world. Its all-black staff served an all-white clientele that included Atlanta's leading citizens. Herndon's real success, however, came in insurance. By the time of his death in 1927, his Atlanta Life Insurance Company served the black community in eight states. Eventually it would become the largest black-owned insurance company in the U.S.

 

 

LAURENCE FISHBURNE was born July 30, 1961

Laurence 'Larry' Fishburne was born in Augusta, Georgia. The Tony Award-winning actor would star in such movies as Apocalypse Now (1979), The Cotton Club (1984), The Color Purple (1985), Boyz N the Hood (1991), and Othello (1995).

 

 

 

 

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