On this Date in 1926, Theodore “Tiger” Flowers (pictured) won the middleweight heavyweight title, making him the first black boxer to win the title. He fought against Harry Greb at Madison Square Garden. Flowers was the first black boxer since Jack Johnson to fight for a world title.
In 1930, the broadway play Green Pastures opened at the Mansfield Theater. It featured an all-black cast and the play ran for 640 performances. One of the actors and stars of the play, Richard B. Harrison portrayed a controversial role – God (or “De Lawd” as the character was called).
In 1978, Senegalese soccer player Abdoulaya Faye was born. Faye began his career with ASEC Ndiambour in Senegal before joining Jeanne D’Arc. He joined Newcastle United in 2007. While with Newcastle, in Feruary 2008, he scored his only goal in a 5-1 defeat at home to Manchester United. In August 2008, Faye joined Stoke City. While with Stoke City, he debuted to a 3-2 win over Aston Villa. He had an impressive season having won both the Players and Fans Player of the Season award. He was also voted Player of the Year by all of the club’s supoorters groups.