Black Facts for September 19th

1943 - Joe Morgan

Joe Leonard Morgan is a former baseball player and is considered to be one of the greatest second basemen of all time. He was born on September 19, 1943 in Bonham, Texas, but grew up in Oakland, California. He attended Castlemont High School where he played baseball and established an excellent reputation for himself. His nickname was “Little Joe” because he was very short in stature, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall. After leaving high school, he became an amateur free agent and was signed by the Houston Colt .45s.

Joe Morgan played with Colt from 1962 to 1971. At the start of his career, he had some trouble adjusting his elbow to the proper height which affected his swing. One of his teammates suggested that he should flap his back arm in order to keep his elbow straight. This was valuable advice and helped Morgan with his swing. Fans often associated the flapping motion of his arms with Morgan’s appearance on the plate. In the ten seasons that he stayed with the team, Morgan had an impressive record including 72 home runs. He was selected to the All Star team first in 1966 and then in 1970. An unfortunate incident during batting practice caused him to injure his knee, knocking him out of the next 40 games.

In 1971, Morgan was traded to the team “Cincinnati Reds” along with teammates César Gerónimo, Jack Billingham and Denis Menke. Being traded to the Reds was the best thing to happen in his career and the worst decision in his former team’s history. Morgan’s deadly combination of speed and power, along with a strong batting line up in his new team took the Reds to consecutive World Series championships. From 1972 to 1979, Morgan was selected to the All Star team every single year. He was also named the National League’s Most Valuable Player for two years back to back in 1975 and 1976. He was the first second baseman in National League Baseball history to be named MVP for two consecutive years. He was also an exceptional fielder, and won the Golden Glove Award 5 years in a row from 1973 to 1977.

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1964 - (1964) Joseph Jackson, "The Vote is the Only Effective Weapon in the Civil Rights Struggle"

Rev. Joseph Jackson, long time pastor of Olivet Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois, and President of the National Baptist Convention from 1953 to 1982 became the leading spokesperson for the black conservative opposition to the direct action civil rights movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King and other leaders.  In this address at the National Baptist Convention’s 84th annual meeting held in Detroit, on September 19, 1964, he outlines why he feels that obtaining and using the vote are the only necessary actions to bring about racial equality in the United States.  

As Christians we are a part of our nation and a part of the struggle of America. America was brought into being to satisfy and to answer the human longing for freedom. There was the urge in man to be related to other men as men without a modifier or any kind of limitation or restriction. There was an awareness of a human kinship deeper than race, more profound than nationality, and more inclusive than any accepted religious creed. In addition to the quest for a new geographical spot there was a search for a new human relationship, a new freedom, and new opportunities. These basic urges inspired the early colonies to brave the dangers of a rough and unknown sea, and seek a land in which they could live as free men and aspire to the highest possible goals of life without the enslavement of the past or being the victims of the determinism of enforced circumstances. They wanted a chance to explore and to search out the meaning of life for themselves, and an opportunity to worship God according to the dictates of their conscience.

They soon became convinced that there was no such land, no such Utopia, but all they would find would be an opportunity to make such a land and such a country. They were convinced it could be made out of the desires that now possessed their souls and out of the thirst for liberty that dominated their lives.

America was born in a struggle and as a struggle for freedom, and for the opportunity to develop the highest resources of

1945 - Christensen, Donna Marie (1945–)

Donna Marie Christian-Christensen, the non-voting delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands to the United States House of Representatives, was born in Teaneck, Monmouth Country, New Jersey on September 19, 1945 to the late Judge Almeric Christian and Virginia Sterling Christian. Christensen attended St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, where she received her Bachelor of Science in 1966. She then earned her M.D. degree from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. in 1970. Christensen began her medical career in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1975 as an emergency room physician at St. Croix Hospital. Between 1987 and 1988 she was medical director of the St. Croix Hospital and from 1988 to 1994 she was Commissioner of Health for the Virgin Island.  During the entire period from 1977 to l996 Christensen maintained a private practice in family medicine.  From 1992 to 1996 she was also a television journalist.

Christensen also entered Virgin Island politics.  As a member of the Democratic Party of the Virgin Islands, she has served as Democratic National Committeewoman, member of the Democratic Territorial Committee and Delegate to all the Democratic Conventions in 1984, 1988 and 1992.  Christensen was also elected to the Virgin Islands Board of Education in 1984 and served for two years.  She served as a member of the Virgin Islands Status Commission from 1988 to 1992. 

In 1996 Christensen was elected as the non-voting delegate from the Virgin Islands in the United States Congress.  Despite her non-voting status, she serves on various house committees including the Committee on Natural Resources, and the Committee on the Homeland Security Committee. She also chairs the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Insular Affairs.

Delegate Christensen is a Member of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues; the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus; the Congressional Rural Caucus, the Friends of the Caribbean Caucus; the Coastal Caucus and the Congressional

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