• Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win the Oscar Award for her role as “Mammy” in ‘Gone With The Wind’on February 29, 1940
  • On Dec 27, 1941, pioneer of blood plasma research, Dr. Charles Richard Drew establishes a blood bank in New York City. Out of his work came the American Red Cross Blood Bank
  • November 1, 1945, John H. Johnson publishes the first issue of EBONY magazine
  • Richard Wright wins the Spingarn Medal for “Native Son” on January 23, 1941

On Nov 1, 1945, John H Johnson published the first issue of EBONY Magazine, initiating the blah blah blah in African American lifestyle and leisure. The ’40s were a period of BLAH BLAH BLAH for Blacks in America.

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