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Black History Month

Today in black history: Happy Birthday Alice Walker, Satchel Paige nominated to HOF and more

The Undefeated edition’s black facts for Feb. 9

1944 — Novelist Alice Walker is born in Putnam County, Georgia. Author of the acclaimed and paradigm-shifting novel The Color Purple, Walker has been an activist all of her adult life. According to her website, she believes that learning to extend the range of our compassion is activity and work available to all.

1953 — Author Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man wins National Book Award for Fiction. The nameless narrator of the novel, which was published in 1952, describes black life in the South, in New York and at a black college, while the narrator retreats to a basement living space, deeming himself invisible.

1971 — Pitcher Leroy “Satchel” Paige becomes the first Negro League veteran to be nominated for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1995 —NASA astronaut Bernard Harris becomes the first African-American to take a walk in space during his second space shuttle flight.

Kelley Evans is a general editor at The Undefeated. She is a food passionista, helicopter mom and an unapologetic southerner who spends every night with the cast of The Young and the Restless by way of her couch.