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This Week in Black History

12/5/2013, 2:43 p.m.

Dec. 2, 1859: John Brown, the great abolitionist, is hanged for his attempt to acquire arms to distribute to slaves in a planned rebellion.

Dec. 3, 1964: J. Raymond Jones, aka “The Harlem Fox,” becomes the first African-American elected leader of a New York Democratic organization.

Dec. 4, 1909: James Anderson creates the New York Amsterdam News.