NAACP president Kweisi Mfume is born.
1948 (Oct 24)
Born Fizzell Gray in Baltimore, Maryland, Kweisi Mfume was a wayward youth and fathered five children out of wedlock. But by 1976 he had earned a bachelor's degree from Morgan State University. He later received his master's degree from Johns Hopkins University. Mfume entered politics in 1978 when he was elected to the Baltimore City Council, where he became particularly interested in health issues. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1987 and served on committees including the Congressional Black Caucus, in which he served as chairperson. Mfumi left Congress in 1995 to serve as president and CEO of the NAACP. He is a trustee of the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Morgan State University Board of Regents.