This Day In History: 0000-07-06
July 4, 1930 – “Elijah Muhammad Forms Nation of Islam in Detroit” Elijah Muhammad formed the Nation of Islam in Detroit, Michigan, beginning what became an introduction to many African-Americans to the Islamic faith. The organization is famous for its role in organizing the black community in urban centers around America. It also
is where Malcolm X began his career as a freedom fighter and religious leader. The Nation of Islam has been a source of protection, organization, refuge and resistance since its founding.
- 2017 September 12, 1992 - “Dr. Mae Jemison Goes to Space” "Dr. Mae Jemison, an engineer, physician and NASA astronaut, became the first African-American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour. During her 8-day mission she worked with U.S. and Japanese researchers, and was a co-investigator on a bone cell experiment. Jemison originally practiced as a doctor, then served in the Peace Corps from 1985 to 1987. In 1987, she was selected to join the astronaut corps. She resigned from NASA in 1993 to found a company that researches the application of technology to daily life."