Wessie M Gray (1909 - 2003)

Wessie M Gray
1909 - 2003
updated February 06, 2019
Wessie M Gray was born on July 15, 1909. Wessie died on May 20, 2003 at 93 years of age. We know that Wessie M Gray had been residing in Quitman, Clarke County, Mississippi 39355.
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Wessie M Gray died on May 20, 2003 at 93 years old. Wessie was born on July 15, 1909. We are unaware of information about Wessie's family or relationships. We know that Wessie M Gray had been residing in Quitman, Clarke County, Mississippi 39355.
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In 1909, in the year that Wessie M Gray was born, the NAACP was founded by W. E. B. Du Bois. The organization focused on legal strategies designed to confront the critical civil rights issues of the day - which included lynching and segregation in schools. The goal was to secure for all people the rights guaranteed in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution.

In 1943, at the age of 34 years old, Wessie was alive when on June 20th through June 22nd, the Detroit Race Riot erupted at Belle Isle Park. The rioting spread throughout the city (made worse by false rumors of attacks on blacks and whites) and resulted in the deployment of 6,000 Federal troops. 34 people were killed, (25 of them black) - mostly by white police or National Guardsmen, 433 were wounded (75 percent of them black) and an estimated $2 million of property was destroyed. The same summer, there were riots in Beaumont, Texas and Harlem, New York.

In 1958, when this person was 49 years old, on January 1st, the European Economic Community (Common Market) came into operation. The first members were France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. The Common Market was formed as a way to strengthen members' economies and deter wars in Europe.

In 1976, at the age of 67 years old, Wessie was alive when on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

In 1981, this person was 72 years old when on August 1st, MTV debuted. It was the first music video TV channel. The first music video played was the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" - the second was Pat Benatar's "You Better Run".

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