Feb 6, 2024 - News

πŸ“Έ Black history, 50 years ago

Hank Aaron's mother, Estella, hugs him after he breaks Babe Ruth's all-time home run record on April 8, 1974

Hank Aaron's mother, Estella, hugs him after he breaks Babe Ruth's all-time home run record on April 8, 1974. Photo: Bettmann/Contributor

The year 1974 gave the world monumental moments in Black history, from Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth's all-time home run record to big breakthroughs in Hollywood, Axios' Russell Contreras reports.

  • For Black History Month, Axios is looking back 50 years.
Coleman A. Young took the oath of office in January 1974, becoming Detroit's first black mayor.
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Coleman A. Young took the oath of office in January 1974, becoming Detroit's first Black mayor.

Black Panther and writer Eldridge Cleaver and his wife, Kathleen, sit in their apartment in Paris during their exile in 1974
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Black Panther and writer Eldridge Cleaver and his wife, Kathleen, sit in their apartment in Paris during their exile in 1974.

American actor Rodney Grier and his sister, American actress and singer Pam Grier, attend the 7th NAACP Image Awards, held at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles in January 1974.
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Actress and singer Pam Grier β€” with her brother, actor Rodney Grier, at the seventh NAACP Image Awards in 1974 β€” portrayed heroines fighting the bad guys in action movies.

  • "After decades in which black women typically appeared in movies as maids, Grier broke the mold completely," the New Yorker reports.

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