Black History: Edward Orval Gourdin

Black history fact for 2/4: Edward Orval Gourdin (1897-1966) was the first person of any race to long-jump more than 25 feet, surpassing that distance by 3 inches in a college international meet at Cambridge, Massachusetts, July 23, 1921. This year he also became the first African American to win the pentathlon in the National Amateur Athletic Union championships. In …

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Black History: Jack L. Cooper

Black history fact (for 2/2): Jack L. Cooper (1889-) was a Black radio pioneer and ventriloquist. He used the comedy routine he emulated to claim that he was “the first 4 negroes on radio”. In 1927, he originated a community news broadcast in Chicago about black Americans called, “The Negro Hour”. It was a pioneering achievement that set precedents in …

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