On this date in 1965, Malcolm X delivers speech at the London School of Economics, to a meeting sponsored by the school's Africa Society.
Joseph Nathan Oliver, better known as King Oliver or Joe Oliver, was an American jazz cornet player and bandleader. He was particularly recognized... Continue →
On April 8, 1920, American Jazz Singer Carmen McRae was born. After winning an amateur contest at Harlem's legendary Appolllo Theatre in her home... Continue →
1965 - Malcolm X delivers last speech at Ford Auditorium, after his home in New York was firebombed.
On this date in 1965, Malcolm X delivers last speech at Ford Auditorium, after his home in New York was firebombed.
Singer Donna Summer, known as "Queen of Disco," is born on this day in Boston, Massachusetts.
Art Tatum was a jazz pianist and virtuoso who was nearly blind. He is acknowledged by many to be one of the greatest pianists of all time,... Continue →
Some of the most complex and dissonant harmonies can be found in the repertoire of pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, one of the most important... Continue →
Art Blakey was a famous American drummer and bandleader who revolutionized the way jazz drums were played. His unique approach to drumming... Continue →
Max Roach is considered to be one of the greatest drummers in history, and was a renowned bebop pioneer. He is, along with a select few, essentially... Continue →
“Lady Day” was perhaps the most exceptional popular music singer of the 20th century. She wrote few songs, but when she sang, she took on a deep,... Continue →
1978- Max Robinson becomes the first African-American broadcast network news anchor in the United States
Max Robinson (1939-1988) overcame racial barriers in the media industry when he became the first African-American television anchor in Washington,... Continue →
Nicholas Biddle becomes the first African American in uniform to be wounded in the Civil War. Nicholas (Nick) Biddle, did odd jobs around town, and... Continue →
Edward "Duke" Ellington, born in Washington, D. C.
Congressman John Conyers, Jr , the founder of the Congressional Black Caucus was born.
President Eisenhower signed Civil Rights Act of 1960. The Civil Rights Act of 1960 (Pub.L. 86–449, 74 Stat. 89, enacted May 6, 1960) was a United... Continue →
On May 6, 1886, M. A. Cherry created the tricycle a three wheeled vehicle that is used for transportation.
Joseph Richard Winters was an African-American abolitionist and inventor who, on May 7, 1878 received U.S. Patent number 203,517 for a wagon-mounted... Continue →
The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Poters (BSCP) ,an influential African American labor union, was organized by Founding President A. Philip Randolph,... Continue →
The South Carolina Gazette reports that a South Carolina slave and medical practitioner named Caesar granted freedom and lifetime... Continue →
Jackie Robinson appears on the cover of Life Magazine. This marked the first time an African American was featured on the cover of Life Magazine is... Continue →
Louis Farrakhan Muhammad, Sr , born Louis Eugene Walcott, was born on this day.
Summit meeting of National Negro Leaders called for stepped up campaign againts discrimination and desegregation. Then President Eisenhower was... Continue →
JOSEPH LOUIS BARROW (Joe Louis) was born on this day. Joseph Luis Barrow , the legendary "Brown Bomber," is still considered by many to be the... Continue →
John B. Mclendon becomes first African American American Basketball Association (ABA) head coach and the first African American professional head... Continue →
Camilla Ella Williams, believed to be the first African American women to sign a contract with a major American opera company, appears in the role of... Continue →
On this dated in 1867, Howard University, in Washington, D. C. named for General Oliver O. Howard, was established.
First game of the National Negro Baseball League played in Indianapolis.
J. H. Smith patents Lawn Sprinkler May 4, 1897. Patent Number 581785.
Cowboy Bill Pickett invented the technique of bulldogging, the skill of grabbing cattle by the horns and wrestling them to the ground. It was known... Continue →
Robert S. Abbott was founded The Chicago Defender with an initial investment of 25 cents. The Defender, which was once heralded as "The World's... Continue →
Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball's color line.
1988 - Dr. Patricia E. Bath, a remowned opthalmologist and inventor, patents Laserphaco Probe on this day.
Dr. Patricia E. Bath, a renowned ophthalmologist and inventor, patented the Laserphaco Probe, a medical device that improves on the use of lasers to... Continue →
Patricia Roberts Harris names ambassador to Luxembourg. She was the first African American woman ambassador. Quote -"You do not seem to... Continue →
Christopher J. Perry, a pioneering black businessman who championed racial equality, established the Philadelphia Tribune in 1884. The Tribune is... Continue →
Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., pilot, officer, and administrator, became the first African American officer to reach the rank of major general (a two-star... Continue →
Landrow Bell patents Locomotive Smoke Stack on this day. Patent #115,153.
Racial Segregation in Washington, D. C. ruled illegal by the city's Municipal Court of Appeals.
Miles Davis, American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer was born on this date. Miles Davis was, together with his musical... Continue →
National Black Economic Development Conference adopted manifesto in Detroit meeting calling for $500 Million in reparations from white churches.
Doris (Dorie) Miller, a Messman Third Class in the United States Navy noted for his bravery during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941,... Continue →
Singer, songwriter, businesswoman, humanitarian and author Gladys Knight , "The Empress of Soul" was born in Atlanta, Georgia on this date.
Thomas J. "Tom" Bradley elected Mayor of Los Angeles on this date. Bradley was the 38th Mayor of Los Angeles, serving from 1973 to 1993. He was... Continue →
South Africa rejoined the Commonwealth after an absence of 33 years.
Sojourner Truth leaves New York and begins career as an antislavery activist.
The 5th National Negro Convention meets in Philadelphia and urged African Americans to abandon the use of terms "African" and "colored" when... Continue →
James A. Healy, first African American Roman Catholic Bishop, consecrated in the cathedral at Portland, Maine.
Kenneth Irvine Chenault is an American business executive. Chenault has been the CEO and Chairman of American Express since 2001and is the third... Continue →
Wesley A. Brown becomes first African American graduate of Annapolis Naval Academy.
Baltimore Orioles Manager Frank Robinson names Assistant General Manager on this date. Robinson was the third African American to become an... Continue →
1973 - Doris A. Davis becomes the first African-American woman mayor of a metropolitan city in the United States.
Doris A. Davis, of Compton California, becomes the first African-American woman mayor of a metropolitan city in the United States.
Federal Court Rules that racial segregation on Montgomery City buses violated Constitution.
Mae C. Jemison, M. D. was chosen by NASA to begin training as a space shuttle astronaut on this date.
Calvin Peete was a professional golfer who won 12 PGA events during his long career. Peete was famous for his ability to hit long and accurate... Continue →
Respecting Negro demand, the New York Times announces that the "N" in the word "Negro" and "Negress" would be capitalized in its pages. The New York... Continue →
Oliver W. Hill elected to Richmond, Virginia, City Council becoming the first African American to do so since Reconstruction.
Heavy Weight Boxer Jack Johnson dies on this date.
Oscar Award Winning Actress Hattie McDanial born on this date.
African Methodist Episcopal Church founder Richard Allen was born on this date. Allen was born a slave near Philadelphia.
Nelson Mandela was sentenced to Life imprisonment for allegedly attempting to sabotage the White South African government.
United States Congressman Charles Rangel born on this date
The National Black MBA Assciation is incorporated.
Medgar W. Evers , NAACP field secretary in Mississippi, assassinated in front of his Jackson home by a segregationist.
Thurgood Marshall, United States Solicitor General, name to the Supreme Court by President Johnson. Marshall was confirmed by the Senate on August... Continue →
Congressman William Gray elected Democratic Whip of the House of Representatives, the highest ranking position ever held by a African American in... Continue →
Cheryl Adrienne Brown wins Miss Iowa pageant and becomes the first African American to compete in the Miss America beauty pageant.
Henry O. Flipper receives degree at West Point and becomes the first African American graduate.
Tiger Woods wins U. S. Open Gold Tournament.
United States Supreme Court rules that the suspension of Clayton Powel Jr. from the House of Representatives was unconstitutional.
Tennis Great Venus Williams born.
Supreme Court banned racial discrimination in sale and rental of housing.
Slavery Abolished in United States territories in congress.
Albert W. dent, president of Dillard University, elected president of National Health Council.
Muhammad Ali convicted in Houston, Texas in federal court for violating Selective Service Act by refusing induction into the armed services. Ali was... Continue →
National Congress of Racial Equality organized
Marcus Garvey sentenced to five years in prison after his conviction on charges of using the mail to defraud.
United States Supreme Court (Guinn v United States) said "Grandfather Clause" in the Oklahoma and Maryland constitutions violated the 15th Amendment.
Richard Nixon signed bill extending Voting Rights Act of 1965 to 1975.
Joe Louis defeated James J. Barddock for heavyweight boxing championship.
Ezzard Charles defeats Jersey Joe Walcott for the world heavy weight championship.
Maynard Jackson, three term mayor of Atlanta, dies at the age of 65.
Wilma Glodean Rudolph, the first African American women to with three gold medals, was born on this dated in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Mary Mcleod Bethune , founder-president of Bethune-Cookman College, named Director of Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration. Mary was... Continue →
John R. Lynch, former congressman from Mississippi, elected temporary chairmen of Republican convention and becomes the first African American to... Continue →
Lincoln Alexander becomes the first black member of the Canadian Parliament.
Isaiah Dorman dies at battle to Little Bighorn under the leadership of Colonel George Custer.
Prince Edward County, Virginia, Board of Supervisors abandoned school system to prevent integration.
James Weldon Johnson dies of injuries received in an automobile accident near his summer home in Wiscosset, Maine.
W. E. B. DuBois resigns from his position at the NAACP in a disagreement over policy and racial strategy.
United States Supreme Court Thurgood Marshall announces his retirement.
Frederick Jones invents the ticket dispensing machine, patent #2163754.
Major Robert H. Lawrence Jr. named First African American astronaut. Major Lawrence was killed during a training flight on December 8, 1967.
Actress -Singer Lena Horne was born in Brooklyn, New York.
The Guardian newspaper was founded by William Monroe Trotter in Boston, Massachusetts.
Kenneth Gibson, Mayor of Newark, became the first African American president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Olympic track and field star Carl Lewis was born in Willingboro, New Jersey.
Civil Rights activist Medgar Evers born in Decatur, Mississippi.
The first African American Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, born in Baltimore.
McCoy, E. patents Lubricator for Steam Engines on this date in 1872, Patent No. 129,843
Cab Calloway and his Orchestra recorded the standard, St. James Infirmary, for Okey Records.
Prince Hall founded Africa Lodge No. 1. It was the first Black Lodge of Free Masons in the United States.
First Black heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson successfully defended his heavyweight championship by knocking out Jim "The Great White Hope"... Continue →
Daniel Louis ("Satchmo") Armstrong born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Booker T. Washington established Tuskegee Institute. Also founded in 1881 were Spelman College, Morris Brown College, and Bishop College.
Declaration of Independence adopted. A section denouncing the slave trade was deleted.
Arthur Ashe makes history by becoming the first African American male to win the men's single title at Wimbledon, defeating Jimmy Connors.
Henry Sampson, an African American, invented the cellular phone.
Baseball legend Satchel Paige was born in Mobile, Alabama.
Venus Williams wins her second straight Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship. Venus is the first woman to win consecutive Wimbledon Championships... Continue →
Francis L. Cardozo installed as secretary of the state of South Carolina and became the first Black cabinet officer on the state level.
Jones, F. M. Air Conditioning Unit July 12, 1949 Patent No. 2475841
Shirley Chisholm became the first African American Presidential nominee, with 151 votes from the delegates polled.
George Washington Carver National Monument presented in Joplin, MO.
Philadelphia opens its Public schools for Blacks.
Violette A. Johnson, first African American woman to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, born
L.C. Bailey granted patent # 620,286 for the folding bed
First U.S. Army flying school for Black cadets dedicated at Tuskegee, Alabama.
Blues singer/guitarist John Lee Hooker, whose style influenced leganadary rockers including the Rolling Stones, died of natural causes. He was 83.
More than one thousand persons attended the first Black Power Conference in Newark, New Jersey.
Floyd Patterson is defeated by Sony Liston and loses his world heavyweight title, 1963
Baseball great Jackie Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kenneth Bancroft Clark was born on this day.
The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, where Blacks were used in experiments with syphilis, admitted to by US government officials, 1972
Spingarn Medal awarded to Carter G. Woodson for "ten years devoted service in collecting and publishing the records of the Negro in America."
Inventor, AP Abourne was awarded patent for refining coconut oil, 1880
The 14th Amendment, making blacks citizens was passed, 1868
The National Liberty Congress of Colored Americans asked Congress to make lynching a federal crime.
James Varick consecrated as the first bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.
Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam, called for creation of a Black state in America at a New York meeting.
Benjamin E. Mays, who has been called "the greatest school master of his generation," named president of Morehouse College.
Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns wins the WBA Welterweight title. This is one of five weight classes that he has won a boxing title making him the first Black... Continue →
Founded on this day by William A. Scott, III, the Atlanta Daily World was the first Black daily newspaper in modern times.
Henry Rucker appointed collector of Internal Revenue for Georgia, 1897
Evelyn Ashford wins a gold medal in the 100-meter race and Edwin Moses wins a gold medal in the 400 meter hurdles in the Summer Olympic Games in Los... Continue →
African-American inventor, William C. Carter, patented an umbrella stand (U.S. patent#323,397).
Beatrice Foods is acquired by Reginald Lewis. It is the largest business acquisition ever by an African American.
Jesse Owens wins four gold medals in the Berlin Olympics, 1936
The Coca-Cola Bottling Company agreed to pump $34 million into Black businesses and the Black community, ending a national boycott called by PUSH.
U.S. Senate confirmed nomination of Thurgood Marshal as U.S. solicitor general.
Ophelia DeVore-Mitchell, founder of two African American modeling schools, born
President Eisenhower established Government Contract Compliance Committee to supervise anti-discrimination regulations in government contracts.
Birthday of Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry.
Birthday of Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters was born this day. Congresswoman Waters is a Democrat from California.
President Lincoln signed Emancipation Proclamation which freed slaves in rebel states with exception of thirteen parishes (including New Orleans) in... Continue →
Defying apartheid laws, Bishop Desmond Tutu walks alone on a South African beach, 1989
Composer, songwriter, musician and singer Isaac Hayes was born in Covington, Tennessee on this date.
Basketball great Wilton "Wilt the Stilt" Chamberlain born in Philadelphia.
Black Panther Party Co-founder Huey P. Newton was gunned down by a member of the Black Guerilla Family drug ring.
National Negro Business League organized at Boston meeting. Booker T. Washington was elected president. (8/23-24).
John V. DeGrasse, prominent physician, admitted to Massachusetts Medical Society.
The first meeting of the American National Baptist Convention was held in St. Louis, Missouri.
Branford Marsalis, jazz saxophonist and icon, born.
More than 250,000 persons participated in March on Washington demonstration, the largest single demonstration in US History at the time, begins, 1963
Musician, Michael Jackson was born, 1958 on this date.
Lt. Col. Guion S. Bluford Jr. The first Black US astronaut enters space.
Jazz great, vibraphonist, Lionel Hampton dies at age 94.
Death of Ethel Waters (80), singer and actress, in Chatsworth, California.
Professional baseball player, Frank Robinson was named MVP of the American League, 1966
U.S. Patent # 304,552 September 2, 1884 "Follower-Screw for Tobacco Presses." Official Gazette of the USPTO v.28, p.883
Jonathan A. Rodgers becomes president of CBS's television stations division, the highest ranking African American in network television. Rodgers had... Continue →
On Sept. 6, 1960 Rafer Johnson won the Olympic Decathlon, the first for an African American.
The start of Integration for MD public schools, and Washington DC public school, 1954
Tennis champion, Althea Gibson, becomes the first Black athlete to win a US national tennis championship, 1957
Arthur Ashe became the first winner of the U.S. Open Tennis Championship, defeating Tom Okker of the Netherlands at Forest Hills Stadium, New York.
Death of Mordecai Johnson (86), first Black president of Howard University, in Washington.
"Duke" Ellington get's the Spingarn Medal for his musical achievements, 1959
Dr. Mae Jemison became the first African-American woman in space when she launched from the Kennedy Center to join Spacelab J, a joint U.S.-Japanese... Continue →
On this date in 1998, Andre Braugher wins Emmy for Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role on Homicide: Life on the Street.
US Cabinet member, Constance Baker Motley was born, 1921
Inmates seized Attica State Correctional Facility (N.Y.) and held several guards hostage. They issued a list of demands which included coverage by... Continue →
Keenan Ivory Wayans's In Living Color wins an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.
On this date in 1787, U.S. Constitution approved at Philadelphia convention with three clauses protecting slavery.
Jada Pinkett Smith, actress, born on this date
First issue of Emerge magazine goes on sale.
Inventor, FW Leslie, patents the envelope seal, 1891
Sprinter Florence Griffith-Joyner, winner of 3 gold and a silver medal at the 1988 Olympics, dies. She was 38.
Lou Brock stole a record of 935th bases and became the all-time major league record holder.
Barbara W Hancock becomes the first Black woman named a White House fellow, 1974
Tennis sensation Serena Williams born on this date.
School integration began in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Md., public schools.
Jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis died in Santa Monica, California from complications following a stroke. He was 65.
Mabel Fairbanks, 85, the first black women to be inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame died following a long illness. Fairbanks coached... Continue →
Mike Powell broke the world long jump world record when he jumped 8.95 meters at a meet in Tokyo. The previous mark-8.90 meters-was set by Bob Beamon... Continue →
Virgie M. Ammons of Eglon, West Virginia "Inside the fireplace chimney is a device called a "Damper". The damper is opened and closed to allow smoke... Continue →
Black Panther party founded in Oakland, California by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale.
Thurgood Marshall is sworn in, and becomes the first Black Supreme Court Justice.
Ex-football star O.J. Simpson is cleared today of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
Elgin Baylor announces his retirement from the Los Angeles Lakers. After 14 years in the NBA, Baylor had scored 23,149 points, the third highest in... Continue →
Congresswoman, Yvonne Burke, born, 1932.
Activist, Fannie Lou Hamer, born, 1917
Writer, Toni Morrison, awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, 1993
Police officers and Blacks exchanged sniper fire on Chicago's West Side. One youth was killed and nine policemen were injured.
Jazz pianist Theolonius Monk is born in Rocky Mount, NC. He was only one of 3 jazz musicians ever featured on the cover of Time magazine.
Inventor Isaac R.Johnson patented his frame of a bicycle which can be separated or folded to store in the trunk of a car or other small places. This... Continue →
Basketball legend, Wilt Chamberlain, died today at age 63.
Richard ("Dick") Gregory was born on this day.
Nightclub comedian and actor Nipsey Russell born in Buffalo, New York.
On this day, Martin Luther King Jr became the youngest man ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Judge Clarence Thomas is confirmed as the 106th associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, its second African American.
Author Lerone Bennett, Jr. was born on this day.
World long jump was beat by Bob Beamon, record at 29 ft, 2.5 in at the Mexico City Olympics
Sixty leading Southern Blacks issued "Durham Manifesto" calling for fundamental changes in race relations after a Durham, North Carolina, meeting.
Patent # 4,618,380 George E. Alcorn (Reston, VA) patents method of fabricating an imaging X-ray spectrometer.
Birthday of Bobby Seale in Dallas, TX, co-founder and former chairman of the Black Panther Party.
NAACP petition on racism, "An Appeal to the World," presented to United Nations at Lake Success.
Death of Jack Roosevelt ("Jackie") Robinson (53), first Black in major leagues in twentieth century, in Stamford, Connecticut.
Evander Holyfield knocks out James "Buster" Douglas in the third round to become the undisputed world heavyweight champion.
Gospel singer, Mahalia Jackson, born, 1911
Ruby Dee (Born Ruby Ann Wallace) was born on this day.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, founded at Howard University.
Muhammad Ali regains world heavyweight boxing title.
BET Holdings, Inc. the parent company of Black Entertainment Television sells 4.2 million shares of stock in an initial public offering on the NYSE,... Continue →
W.F. Burr patents Switching device Oct.31,1899 Patent # 636,197
Jet magazine founded by John H. Johnson, publisher of Ebony magazine.
C. W. Allen Self-leveling table Nov. 1, 1898 Patent No.613,436
President Ronald Reagan signs law designating the third Monday in January Martin Luther King Jr Day, in 1983
Carol Mosely Braun, a Democrat from Illinois, becomes the 1st African American woman elected to the United States Senate.
Bill and Camille Cosby gave an unprecedented gift of $20 million to Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.
Shirley Chisholm, a New York Democrat, is the 1st African American woman elected to Congress.
Thomas Bradley was elected mayor of Los Angeles at a time when Blacks represented only 15 percent of the Los Angeles electorate, becoming one of the... Continue →
Rock legend Jimi Hendrix was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
David Dinkins was elected first Black mayor of New York City, 1989
Actress Ester Rolle was born in Pompano Beach, Florida.
The Guardian newspaper was founded by William Monroe Trotter in Boston, Massachusetts.
On this date in 1957,Charlie Sifford became the first Black person to win a major professional golf tournament, By winning the Long Beach Open
The image converter for detecting electromagnetic radiation was patented by George R. Carruthers making him the first Black to do so.
New York Mets pitcher, Dwight Gooden won the Cy Young Award making him the youngest pitcher ever to win this prestigious award.
On this day, the US Golf Association bans racial & gender discrimination.
Granville T Woods patents the Synchronous Multiplier Railway Telgrap.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., founded on the campus of Howard University, 1911
Roy Campanella was named most valuable player of the National Baseball League for the second time, 1953
S.H. Love patents improved vending machine, Patent No.1936515.
Elijah Muhammad founds the Nation of Islam in Detroit, 1930
1000 people from twenty five states gather in Philadelphia and form the National Black Independent Party, 1980
National Negro Medical Association founded, 1895
Model/actress Robin Givens first gained national prominence as a regular on the TV series Head of the Class. From 1986 through 1991, Robin played... Continue →
Jones, F. M. Two-Cycle gasoline Engine Nov. 28, 1950 Patent No. 2523273
Congressman Clayton Powell, Jr., politician and civil rights activist was born in New Haven, Connecticut.
Robert Tools, the first recipient of the Abiocor artificial heart, dies of multiple organ failure after suffering a stroke several days earlier.
President Lincoln, in message to Congress, recommended the use of federal bonds to provide compensation for states that abolished slavery before 1900.
Ohio State running back Archie Griffin becomes the first person ever to win the Heisman Trophy twice. He will play for the Cincinnati Bengals and be... Continue →
Frederick Douglass, along with Martin R Delaney, started "The North Star", an anti-slavery paper, 1847
Marcus Allen, tailback for the Univ of Southern California, wins the Heisman Trophy
Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in Maryland. She returned to the South nineteen times and brought out more than three hundred slaves.
Dr.Ralph J.Bunche is the first African American African American person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
George Rogers is awarded the Heisman Trophy
Willie Brown defeats incumbent Mayor Frank Jordan to become 1st African American Mayor of San Francisco
Dewey "Pigmeat" Markham, comedian, popular for his "here comes de judge" routine on television's Laugh-In, dies
Johnny Rodgers is awarded the Heisman Trophy
R&B singer Rufus Thomas known for songs such as "Do the Funky Chicken" and "Walking the Dog" died. He was 84.
William A Hinton, developer of the Hinton test for diagnosing syphilis, is born
O.J. Simpson set an NFL record of 2003 rushing yards in one season.
Michael Jordan is named 1991 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Ernest Dickerson wins the New York Film Critics Circle Award for best cinematography for the Spike Lee movie, "Do the Right Thing".
Actress Cicely Tyson is born in New York, New York.
Julius Erving scores his 25,000th career point, becoming the ninth professional basketball player to achieve this mark.
Jesse Jackson urges the use of the term "African-American"
James Amos Porter wrote the definitive book, Modern Negro Art (1943, 1969, 1992); head, Department of Art, Howard University from 1953-1970; painter... Continue →
Alice H Parker patents the gas heating furnace.
The position of Secretary of Agriculture was awarded to Alphonso Michael "Mike" Espy, making him the first Black to hold this position.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority incorporated on this date.
Oprah Winfrey was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi. She went on to become a celebrated talk show hostess, actress, movie producer and business woman.
Bryant Gumble resigns after 15 years as host of NBC's Today Show
Congressman William H. Gray is elected chairman of the House Budget Committee, the highest congressional post held by an African American.
Prince Hall, founder of the first African American Masonic lodge petitioned the Massachusetts legislature for fund to return to Africa. The plan is... Continue →
Time, Inc. agrees to sell NYT Cable for $420 million, to a group led by J. Bruce Llewellyn, the largest cable TV acquisition by an African American
Fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma, founded at Howard University, 1914. Among the founders were Langston Taylor, Leonard F. Morse and C.I. Brown. Special... Continue →
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference was founded in New Orleans, Louisiana by five ministers including Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph... Continue →
Michael Jordan announce his second retirement from the NBA and the most illustrious career of any professional sports figure to date.
In Richmond, Virginia former Lt. Governor Lawrence Douglas Wilder took office as the first popularly elected African American governor of an American... Continue →
Richard Parsons, chief executive, is tapped to be the next chairman of AOL Time Warner.
Muhammad Ali(Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr), 57 former heavyweight champion boxer. Born Lousivlle, Ky. Jan,17, 1942.
UCLA renames its social science buildings to honor alumnus Ralph Bunche.
Colin Luther Powell is sworn in by President George W. Bush as Secretary of State. He is the first black secretary of state in U.S. history.
Twelve Black congressman boycotted Richard Nixon's State of the Union message because of his "consistent refusal" to respond to the petitions of... Continue →
Samuel Pierce is named Secretary of HUD in the Reagan Administration.
The 24th Amendment to the US Constitution is ratified. It abolishes poll tax, which was used as a means of preventing african americans from voting
Jackie Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm begins her campaign for President of the U.S.
Executive Order 9981, to end segregation in US Armed Forces is signed by President Harry Truman
First Black American woman aviator, Bessie Coleman was born, 1893
World renowned opera singer, Leontyne Price, makes her debut at the Metropolitan Opera House
Arthur Ashe, first Black male to win Wimbledon, is denied entry to compete on the US Team for the South African Open tennis championships due to... Continue →
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, founded at Howard University in 1908, incorporated.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, founded at Cornell University in 1906, incorporated.
Leroy "Satchel" Paige, major league baseball player, named all-time outstanding player by National Baseball Congress
Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams, the first African American quarterback to play in a Super Bowl game, is named MVP in Super Bowl XXII.
Ida Wells, a black reformer who compiled records on lynching, is the subject of a United States Postal Service stamp.
Alfred L. Cralle invented the ice cram scooper, patent #576,395
J.C. Watts becomes the first Black selected to respond to a state of the union address.
Columbia University graduate and Harvard University law student Barack Obama became the first African American named president of the Harvard Law... Continue →
Jail-in movement started in Rock Hill, S.C., when students refused to pay fines and requested jail sentences. Students Nonviolent Coordinating... Continue →
Carter G. Woodson creates Negro History week originated by Carter G.Woodson is observed for the first time in 1926.In 1976 it became Black History... Continue →
Figure skater Debi Thomas became the first African American to win the Women's Singles of the U.S. National Figure Skating Championship competition,... Continue →
Author Ralph Ellison's novel Invisible Man wins the National Book Award
1967-The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect. That amendment provided that in the case of a vice president's become president,... Continue →
Gertrude E. Downing and William Desjardin Corner Cleaner Attachment, Patent No. 3,715,772 on February 13, 1973
National Negro Congress organized at Chicago meeting attended by 817 delegates representing more than 500 organizations. Asa Phillip Randolph of the... Continue →
Louis Armstrong's "Hello Dolly" recording becomes his first and only number one record.
Joe Frazier knocked out Jimmy Ellis in the second round of their New York fight and became the world heavyweight boxing champion.
Virginia House of Delegates votes unanimously to retire the state song, "Carry me back to old Virginia", a tune which glorifies slavery.
Grenon, H. Razor Stropping Device Feb. 18, 1896 Patent No. 554,867
Otis Boykin, Inventor, patented the Electrical Resistor. U.S. 2,972,726 He is responsible for inventing the electrical device used in all guided... Continue →
DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince win the first rap Grammy for the hit single "Parents Just Don't Understand."
Frank E. Peterson Jr. named the first Black general in the Marine Corps.
Adrienne Mitchell, first African American woman to die in combat in the Persian Gulf War is killed in her military barracks in Dharan, Saudi Arabia
Fifteenth Amendment guaranteeing the right to vote sent to the states for ratification.
Alabama State Board of Education expelled nine Alabama State students for participating in sit-in demonstrations.
On this day in 1962, "Wilt the Stilt" Chamberlain scored 100 points in a single basketball game-a professional record that still stands today. He... Continue →
The Mary McLeod Bethune commemorative stamp is issued by the U.S. Postal Service as the eighth stamp in its Black Heritage USA series.
First cadets graduated from flying school at Tuskegee.
White firemen of the Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific Railroad struck to protest the hiring of Black firemen.
Through 12th Manifesto denouncing Supreme Court ruling on segregation in public schools issued by one hundred Southern senators and representatives.
Alexander Thomas Augusta, first African American faculty member of an American medical school, Howard University, is born free
Malcolm X resigned from the Nation of Islam.
John Lee, first black commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy is assigned to duty. Dec 1944-Jan 1945 The U.S. Army integrated black volunteers with... Continue →
Eli Whitney patented cotton gin which made cotton king and increased demand for slave labor.
NAACP began a coordinated attack on segregation and discrimination, filing a suit against the University of North Carolina on behalf of Thomas... Continue →
First Black newspaper, Freedom's Journal, published in New York City.
Jackie Roosevelt Robinson made his professional debut as a member of the Montreal Royals in the Daytona Beach ballpark that now bears his name. One... Continue →
Uncle Tom's Cabin, a novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe, published in Boston.
Alonzo Pietro, explorer, sets sail with Christopher Columbus.
Marcus Mosiah Garvey arrives in America from Jamaica.
Halle Berry becomes the first black woman to win an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the movie "Monster's Ball."
Thomas J. Martin is awarded a patent for the fire extinguisher.
Bill Russell named head coach of the Boston Celtics, becoming the first African American to coach an NBA team.
Football star Earl Campbell was born in Tyler, Texas.
On March 30, 1870, the ratification of the 15th Amendment secured voting rights for all male U.S. citizens.
Cab Calloway recorded "Minnie the Moocher"-the first jazz album to sell a million copies.
In 1968, on this date, Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his final address at Bishop Charles J. Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee.
Reynolds, H. H. Window Ventilator for Railroad Cars Apr. 03, 1883 Patent No.275,271
The first U.S. stamp ever to honor an African American is issued bearing the likeness of Booker T. Washington.
Henry ("Hank") Aaron broke Babe Ruth's major league baseball record, by hitting his 715th home run in a game at Atlanta stadium.
Idaho became the 47th state to recognize Jan. 15 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and as a national holiday.
U.S. Congress pass Civil Rights Bill banning racial discrimination in sale or rental of approximately 80 per cent of the nation's housing.
Sugar Ray Robinson, five-time winner of the world middleweight boxing championship and unbeaten welterweight champion, dies.
Eldrick Tiger Woods wins the 61st Masters Tournament in Augustus,Georgia at the age of 21 becoming the youngest person to ever win this tournament.
Tiger Woods wins his third Masters Golf title and becomes only the second person ever to win two of the titles in a row.
African Freedom Day is declared at the All-African People's Conference in Accra, Ghana.
Playwright August Wilson won his second Pulitzer Prize for drama with the play "The Piano Lesson."
Alice Walker is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Color Purple. Ten days later the novel will also win the American Book Award for fiction.
U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that busing was a constitutionally acceptable method of integrating public schools.
Jordan scores 63 points against Boston Celtics.
On April 24, 1950, the United Negro College Fund was founded.
Joyce, J. A. Ore Bucket Apr. 26, 1898 Patent No. 603,143
World Boxing Association and New York State Athletic Commission withdrew recognition of Muhammad Ali as world heavyweight boxing champion because of... Continue →
Bill Cosby's successful show of upper middle class black family life ran its final original episode after an eight season run.
Gen. Daniel ("Chappie") James Jr. promoted to rank of four-star general and named commander-in-chief of the North American Air Defense Command.
On October 1, 1945, noted R&B singer and songwriter, Donny Hathaway was born in Chicago, Illinois. Before his death, he often teamed up with... Continue →
On this date in 1875, White Democrats attacked Republicans at Yazoo City, Mississippi. One white and three Blacks were killed.
The first Black person to graduate from Harvard Dental School is Robert T Freeman on this date in 1867.
Joseph W. Hatchett sworn in as first Black supreme court justice in the South (Florida) in the twentieth century.
Tennessee National Guard sent to Clinton, Tennessee, to quell mobs demonstrating against school integration.
Abolitionist, inventor, entrepreneur, James Forten was born in Philadelphia, PA, 1766 on this date.
On this date in 1970, Representatives from 27 African nations, the Caribbean nations, four South American countries, Australia, and the U.S. meet in... Continue →
Lincoln Motion Picture Company owned by African Americans Noble Johnson and Clarence Brooks releases its first feature length film, A Man's Duty on... Continue →
Five soldiers hanged for alleged participation in Houston riot of 1917.
NAACP leader, Charles Hamilton Houston was born on this day.
John Stephens Durham, assistant editor of the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, named minister to Haiti.
Cotton pickers organized union and staged strike for higher wages in Texas on this date in 1891.
On this date in 1868, the Lower house of Georgia legislature, ruling that Blacks were ineligible to hold office, expelled twenty-eight... Continue →
U.S. Army commander in South Carolina ordered Freedmen's Bureau to stop seizing abandoned land on this date in 1865.
On this date in 1838, Frederick Douglass, disguised as a sailor escapes from slavery
On this date in 1783, Richard Allen, founder of the AME Church, purchases his freedom with his earnings as a self-employed teamster.
On this date in 1963, Katherine Dunham (1909-2006). With the "Aida" production in 1963, Katherine Dunham becomes the first Black choreographer for... Continue →
On this date in 1960, Comedian and television actor, Damon Wayans was born.
On this date in 1957, Black students are banned from a Little Rock high school, by Arkansas Governor Oval Faubus who calls out the National Guard.
On this date in 1949, a Riot prevented Paul Robeson concert at Peekskill, New York.
On this date in 1923, George Washington Carver of Tuskegee Institute received the Spingarn Medal, the NAACP's highest award, for distinguished... Continue →
On this date in 1875, 20 to 30 blacks were killed during the Clinton Massacre in Clinton, Mississippi.
On this date in 1965, Bowie State College was established in Bowie, MD
On this date in 1848, Inventor and engineer, Louis Latimer was born.
On this date in 1781, Los Angeles, California, was founded by forty-four settlers of whom at least twenty-six were descendants of Africans.
On this date in 1960, Leopold Sedar Senghor, poet, politician, is elected President of Senegal.
On this date in 1895, George Washington Murray was elected to Congress by South Carolina.
Our Nig by Harriet Wilson, the first novel published in the U.S. by an African American woman, is published. It was lost for years until reprinted... Continue →
On this date in 1846, Secretary of the American Negro Academy, John W Cromwell was born.
On this date in 1804, Absalom Jones ordained a priest in the Protestant Episcopal Church.
On this date in 1988, Lee Roy Young becomes the first African American Texas Ranger in the police force's 165 year history.
On this date in 1978, Rapper, Model, Actress, Inga DeCarlo Fung Marchand, better known by her stage name Foxy Brown was born.
On this date in 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson named Walter E. Washington commissioner and "unofficial" mayor of Washington, D.C.
On this date in 1930, Leander Jay Shaw, Jr., justice of the Florida State Supreme Court (1983), first African American chief justice (1990) in... Continue →
On this date in 1905, Atlanta Life Insurance Company established by A.F. Herndon.
On this date in 1892, George "Little Chocolate" Dixon defeats Jack Skelly in New Orleans to win the world featherweight title. While some African... Continue →
On this date in 1865, Thaddeus Stevens, powerful U.S. congressman, urged confiscation of estates of Confederate leaders and the distribution of land... Continue →
On this date in 1865, Thaddeus Stevens, a powerful U.S. congressman, urged confiscation of estates of Confederate leaders and the distribution of... Continue →
On this date in 1871, African American Jordan Freeman dies after killing Major William Montgomery in the Battle of Groton Heights
On this date in 1968, the Kingdom of Swaziland was founded.
O this date in 1930,tenor saxophonist Theodore Walter "Sonny" Rollins, a powerful force in American jazz, was born.
On this date in 1859, Co-organizer of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, John Merrick was born.
On this date in 1800, Zion AME Church dedicated in New York City.
On this date in 1981, Roy Wilkins (80), longtime executive director of the NAACP, in New York passes away.
On this date in 1965, Actress Dorothy Danridge (41) dies in Hollywood.
On this date in 1981, Vernon E. Jordan resigned as president of the National Urban League and announced plans to join a Washington law firm. He was... Continue →
On this date in 1979, Robert Guillaume wins an Emmy for best actor in a comedy series for Soap
On this date in 1957, Rev. F.L. Shuttlesworth mobbed when he attempted to enroll his daughters in "white" Birmingham school.
On this date in 1957, the first civil rights bill to pass Congress since reconstruction was passed by President Eisenhower, 1957
On this date in 1946, Singer and musician, Billy Preston was born.
On this date in 1934, Poet Sonia Sanchez was born Wilsonia Benita Driver in Birmingham, Alabama.
On this date in 1915, the father of Black history, Carter G Woodson, founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) . The... Continue →
On this date in 1908, Writer Richard Wright, author of "Native Son" and "Black Boy" was born.
On this date in 1884, John R Lynch Presides over Republican National Convention
On this date in 1817, Captain Paul Cuffe (58), entrepreneur and activist, dies in Westport, Massachusetts.
On this date in 1816, Kentucky abolitionist and founder of Berea College, John Gregg Fee was born.
On this date in 1806, Abolitionist Sarah Mapps Douglass was born
On this day in 1973, a commemorative stamp was issued by the U.S. Postal Service to honor Henry Ossawa Tanner, the first African American artist... Continue →
on this day in 1965, Father Divine, born George Baker, dies in Philadelphia.
On this date in 1962, Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black vacated an order of a lower court, ruling that the University of Mississippi had to admit... Continue →
On this date in 1961, Jomo Kenyatta returns to Kenya from exile to lead his country.
on this date in 1930, Charles E. Mitchell, certified public accountant and banker from West Virginia, named minister to Liberia.
On this date in 1913, George W. Buckner, a physician from Indiana, named minister to Liberia.
On this date in 1977, Quincy Jones wins an Emmy for musical composition for the miniseries Roots. It is one of nine Emmy's for the series.
On this date in 1974, Haile Selassie I is deposed from the Ethiopian throne.
On this date in 1953, J.H. Jackson, pastor of Olivet Baptist Church, Chicago, elected president of the National Baptist Convention at Miami meeting.
On this date in 1943, singer,dancer, actress Lola Falana was born.
On this date in 1923, Charles Evers, brother of Medgar, Mayor of Fayette Miss. (elected 1969), was born
On this date in 1885, Moses A. Hopkins, minister and educator, named minister to Liberia.
On this date in 1740, an issue of the Pennsylvania Gazette reports of a Negro named Simon who reportedly can "bleed and draw teeth." It is the first... Continue →
On this date in 1986, the National Council of Negro Women sponsors its first Black Family Reunion at the National Mall in Washington.
On this date in 1974, Eugene A. Marino, SSJ, is consecrated at the first African American auxiliary bishop in the U.S. He was assigned to Washington,... Continue →
On this date in 1974, Haile Selassie deposed by military leaders after fifty-eight years as the ruling monarch of Ethiopia.
On this date in 1956, Black students entered Clay, Ky., elementary school under National Guard protection. They were barred from the school on... Continue →
On this date in 1952, Floyd Patterson's first professional fight took place. He was the first to hold the world heavyweight championship twice.
On this date in 1947, First Black baseball player in the major leagues, Jackie Robinson, named National League Rookie of the Year.
On this date in 1935, Sculptor Richard H. Hunt who soon became known as one of the "most gifted and assured artist working in the direct open form... Continue →
On this date in 1913, James Cleveland Owens, better known as Jesse Owens, winner of four gold medals at the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin, was born
On this date in 1981, Isabel Sanford wins an Emmy award as best comedic actress for The Jeffersons
On this date in 1972, Two Blacks, Johnny Ford of Tuskegee and A.J. Cooper of Prichard elected mayors in Alabama.
On this date in 1971, Fifteen hundred troopers and officers stormed the Attica Prison. Thirty-two convicts and ten guards were killed. Investigation... Continue →
On this date in 1962, President Kennedy denounced the burning of churches in Georgia and supported voter registration drive in the South.
On this date in 1948, Tony Award winning Broadway singer Nell Carter was born.
On this date in 1886, Philosopher and first Black Rhodes Scholar, Alain L. Locke was born.
On this date in 1881, Louis Howard Latimer patents his electric lamp with a carbon filament.
On this date in 1867, Gen. E.R.S. Canby ordered South Carolina courts to impanel Blacks jurors.
On this date in 1967, Track star Michael Johnson was born today
On this date in 1940, Blacks were allowed to enter all branches of the US Military Service, when President Franklin D Roosevelt signs Selective... Continue →
On this date in 1874, White Democrats seized statehouse in Louisiana coup d'etat. President Grant ordered the revolutionaries to disperse, and the... Continue →
On this date in 1987, the famous boxer Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns becomes the first Black man to win boxing titles in five different weight classes.
On this date in 1978, Muhammad Ali, was the first black prizefight to gross more than a five-million dollars gate in the bout at the Louisiana... Continue →
On this date in 1969, Large-scale racial disorders were reported in Hartford, Connecticut. Five hundred were arrested and scores were injured.
On this date in 1964, Rev. K.L. Buford and Dr. Stanley Smith were elected to Tuskegee City Council and became first Black elected officials in... Continue →
On this date in 1963, Four Black girls killed in bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.
ON this date in 1943, Actor and activist, Paul Robeson, portrays Othello for the 296th time at New York City's Shubert Theater.
On this date in 1876, White terrorists attacked Republicans in Ellenton, South Carolina. Two whites and thirty-nine Blacks were killed.
On this date in 1830, Philadelphia held the First National Negro Convention.
On this date in 1971, Six Klansmen arrested in connection with the bombing of ten school buses in Pontiac, Michigan.
ON this date in 1937, Negro Baseball League player, Orlando Cepeda was born.
On this dated in 1933, Emperor Jones, starring Paul Robeson as Brutus Jones is released by United Artists. It is Robeson's first starring movie role... Continue →
On this date in 1925, blues singer Ripley "B.B." King was born in Itta Benna, Mississipi.
ON this date in 1904, Negro Baseball League player, William Hendrick "Bill" Foster was born. was an American left-handed pitcher in baseball's Negro... Continue →
On this dated in 1889, in Sanford, Florida of Claude A. Barnett founder of the Associated Negro Press, the first and only Black news wire services in... Continue →
On this dated in 1848, the French abolish slavery in all there territories.
On this date in 1991, ground is broken for the Harold Washington wing of the DuSable Museum in Chicago, Illinois. Founded by artist and poet Margaret... Continue →
On this date in 1983, Vanessa Williams crowned Miss America. Vanessa Williams was the 1st African American Miss America to be crowned.
On this date in 1973,Illinois becomes the first state to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as a holiday.
ON this date in 1968, Julia premieres on NBC with Diahann Carroll in the title role. It is the first modern television show to star an African... Continue →
On this date in 1861, it was the First day of school for freedmen founded at Fortress Monroe, Va., with a Black teacher, Mary Peake.
On this date in 1990, Atlanta, Ga., led by Mayor Maynard H. Jackson, is selected as the site of the XXV Olympiad Summer Games.
On this date in 1980, Cosmonaut Arnold Tamayo, a Cuban, becomes the first black sent on a mission in space. Arnold Tamayo, along with Soviet... Continue →
On this dated in 1948, Ralph J. Bunche confirmed by United Nations Security Council as acting UN mediator in Palestine.
On this date in 1919, Fritz Pollard becomes the first black to play Professional football for a major team, the Akron Indians. Pollard was also the... Continue →
On this date in 1850, as part of the Compromise of 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Law.
On this date in 1989, Gordon Parks' film The Learning Tree is registered in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. It joins other... Continue →
On this date in 1956, theFirst international conference of Black writes and artists met at the Sorbonne in Paris.
On this date in 1941, Singer Otis Redding born in Dawson, GA
On this date in 1931, Brook Benton, holder of 16 gold records including "A Rainy Night in Georgia", was born
On this date in 1881, Booker T. Washington opens Tuskegee Institute in Alabama
On this date in 1984, The Cosby Show premieres on NBC.
On this date in 1962, Governor Barnett personally denied James H. Meredith admission to the University of Mississippi.
On this date in 1885, Pianist Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
On this date in 1847, William A. Leidesdorf elected to San Francisco town council receiving the third highest vote. Leidesdorf, who was one of the... Continue →
On this date in 1830, the First Negro Convention of Free Men agreed to start their boycott on slave-produced goods.
On this date in 1989, General Colin Powell named Chairman of the joint Chiefs of Staff.
On this date in 1966, National Guard mobilized to stop rioting in Dayton, Ohio.
On this date in 1872, John Henry Conyers of South Carolina became the first Black student at Annapolis Naval Academy. He later resigned.
On this date in 1832, Maria W. Stewart (1803-1879) addresses the New England Anti-Slavery Society meeting in Boston's Franklin Hall on the evils of... Continue →
On this date in 1961, Interstate Commerce Commission issued regulation prohibiting segregation on interstate buses and in terminal facilities.
On this date in 1954, actress Shari Belafonte, daughter of singer Harry Belafonte, born in New York City.
On this date in 1905, a race riot in Atlanta occurred and ten Blacks and two whites killed. Martial law proclaimed.
On this dated in 1863, the First Black person to Serve on the DC board of education, Mary Church Terrell was born.
On this date in 1951, President Kennedy named Thurgood Marshall to U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
On this date in 1954, Playwright George C. Wolfe was born
On this date in 1930, Blind composer, singer and musician Ray Charles Robinson born in Albany, Georgia.
ON this date in 1926, Innovative and famed jazz musician, John Coltrane was born.
On this dated in 1884, Judy W. Reed patents dough kneader and roller, Patent No. 305,474
On this date in 1977, John T. Walker installed as the first Black bishop of the Episcopal diocese of Washington.
On this date in 1962, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Board of Higher Education of Mississippi to admit Meredith to the university or be held... Continue →
On this date in 1957, President Eisenhower ordered federal troops to Little Rock, Ark., to prevent interference with school integration at Central... Continue →
On this date in 1957, Soldiers of 101st Airborne Division escorted nine Black students to Central High school.
On this dated in 1953, Take a Giant Step, drama by playwright Louis Peterson, opened on Broadway.
On this dated in 1931, Representative Cardiss Robertson Collins, elected the U.S. House of Representatives was born
On this date in 1894, Sociologist and author Edward Franklin Frazier was born on this day. During his lofe time Frazier published 8 books, 89... Continue →
On this date in 1883, National Black convention met in Louisville, Kentucky.
On this date in 1991, Spencer Williams's 1942 movie Blood of Jesus is among the third group of 25 films added to the Library of Congress's National... Continue →
ON thi sdate in 1962, A Black church was destroyed by fire in Macon, Georgia. This was the eighth church burned in Georgia since August 15.
On this date in 1962, Governor Barnett again defied court orders and personally denied Meredith admission to the University.
On this date in 1962, Sonny Liston knocks out Floyd Patterson in the first round to become the world heavyweight boxing champion
ON this date in 1886, Peter "The Black Prince" Jackson wins the Australian heavyweight title, becoming the very first Black man to win a national... Continue →
On this date in 1861, The Secretary of the Navy authorizes the enlistment of African Americans in the Union Navy. The enlistees could achieve no rank... Continue →
On this date in 1968, The Studio Museum of Harlem opens in NYC
On this date in 1962, Mississippi barred Meredith for the third time. Lt. Gov. Paul Johnson and a blockade of state patrolmen turned back Meredith... Continue →
On this date in 1962, A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., becomes the first African American member of the Federal Trade Commission. He was also appointed a... Continue →
On this date in 1937, Singer Bessie Smith dies of injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Clarksdale, Mississippi.
On this dated in 1907, The People's Savings Bank is incorporated in Philadelphia by former African American congressman George H. White of North... Continue →
On this dated in 1867, Business and civic leader, Maggie L Walker was born.
On this date in 1966, the National Guard was mobilizing in San Francisco.
On this date in 1950, Ezzard Charles defeated Joe Louis in heavyweight championship fight in New York City.
On this date in 1950, Charles H. Houston awarded the Spingarn Medal posthumously for his pioneering work in developing the NAACP legal campaign.
On this date in 1940, Black leaders protested discrimination in the armed forces and war industries at a White House meeting with President Roosevelt.
On this date in 1915, Xavier University, the first Black Catholic college in the US, opens in New Orleans.
On this date in 1912, The first blues song, William Christopher Handy publishes Memphis Blues, 1912
On this date in 1877, John Mercer Langston named minister of Haiti.
ON this date in 1876, Edward Mitchell Bannister wins a bronze medal for his painting Under the Oaks at the American Centennial Exposition, in... Continue →
On this date in 1875, Branch Normal College opens in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Branch Normal College was a segregated unit of the state university, the... Continue →
On this date in 1867, Louisiana voters endorsed constitutional convention and elected delegates in first election under Reconstruction acts. The vote... Continue →
On this date in 1862, First Louisiana Native Guards, the first Black regiment to receive official recognition, mustered into army. Regiment was... Continue →
On this date in 1827, Hiram R. Revels, first Black U.S. senator, was born free in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
On February 18, 1965, Malcom X engages in a heated debate live on the air with Gordon Hall, who considered himself an expert on extremism. Malcolm X... Continue →
1965 - Malcolm X 's delivers "Not just an American problem, but a world problem,” address in the Corn Hill Methodist Church.
On this date in 1965, Malcolm X's "Not just an American problem, but a world problem,” address delivered in the Corn Hill Methodist Church in... Continue →
On this dates in 1965, Malcolm X delivers "There is a World Wide Revolution Going Speech." Malcolm X - "You and I are living at a time when there... Continue →
On this date in 1964, Zoologist Roger Arliner Young died. Ms. Young was the first African American woman to receive a doctorate degree in zoology.
On this date in 1956, Mattiwilda Dobbs become the first African American to sing a romantic lead at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. ... Continue →
On this date in 1868, Arkansas Governor Powell Clayton declared martial law in ten counties and mobilized the state militia due to a Ku Klux Klan... Continue →
ON this date in 1961, Andrew T. Hatcher named associate press secretary to President John F. Kennedy. Andrew was also a founder of 100 Black Men of... Continue →
On this date in 1958, Sam Cooke, Bobby Womack, and Lou Rawls were injured in an automobile accident new Marion, Arkansas. The accident takes the... Continue →
On this date in 1962, President John F. Kennedy issues Executive Order 11063, which mandates an end to discrimination in housing. Executive Order... Continue →
ON this date in 1938, Morgan State College was established. Morgan State University is a historically black college in Baltimore, Maryland, United... Continue →
On this date in 1923, the U.S. Patent Office grants Garret T. Morgan Patent No. 14755024 for his three-position traffic signal. Although, Morgan’s... Continue →
On this date in 1922, 1922 Louisiana governor conferred with president on KKK violence in his state.
On this dated in 1865, blacks held acolored peoples convention in the Zion Church in Charleston and demanded equal rights and repeal of the Black... Continue →
On this date in 1997, Kofi Annan of Ghana becomes first black secretary of United Nations.
On this date in 1808, the African Benevolent Society for Education was founded.
On this date in 1808, the federal law prohibiting the importation of African slaves went into effect.
On this date in 1973 - WGPR is given a permit and becomes the 1ST television station owned by African Americans.
On this date in 1966 approximately 2,400 persons attended White House Conference on Civil Rights.
On this date in 1868 a constitutional convention convened in Austin. The ninety delegates consisted of eighty whites and ten blacks.
On this date in 1864, the Florida General Assembly (nineteen Blacks, fifty-seven whites) met in Tallahassee.
On this day ion 1943, the Ninety-ninth Pursuit Squadron flew P-40 Warhawks over the Mediterranean Sea for their first combat mission, strafing enemy... Continue →
ON this day in 1899, Black Americans observed day of fasting and prayer called by National Afro-American Council to protest lynching and racial... Continue →
On this day in 1875, James Augustine Healy, the first African American Roman Catholic Bishop, born in Macon, Georgia.
On this day in 1854 - Fugitive slave Anthony Burns was returned to the South from Boston. In 1854, Burns took steps to find freedom. While working in... Continue →
On this date in 1834, the Fifth National Black convention met in New York with 50 delegates from eight states.
On this day in 1919, Liberty Life Insurance Company (Chicago), the first old-line legal reserve company organized by Blacks in the North,... Continue →
On this day in 1877, Roland Hayes, the first African American to give a recital in Boston's Symphony Hall, was born.
On this day in 1854, Anthony Burns, a fugitive slave, was arrested in Boston. His master refused an offer of $1200 made by Boston citizens for his... Continue →
On this day in 1989, Four African Americans win Tony Awards for Black and Blue
On this day in 1973, Arna Bontemps (72), writer and educator, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee.
On this day in 1972, Angela Davis was acquitted by white jury in San Jose, California, of charges stemming from a 1970 courtroom shoot-out.
On this day in 1946, Mississippi Valley State University was founded in Itta Bena, Mississippi.
On this day in 1973, Cardiss R. Collins of Chicago was elected to Congress. She succeeded her late husband.
On this date in 1969, there a Race riot occurred in Hartford, Connecticut.
On this day in 1955, Martin Luther King Jr. is awarded his doctorate from Boston University.
On this day in 1940, the American Negro Theater was organized by Frederick O'Neal and Abram Hill.
On this day in 1894, G.W. Murray patents Fertilizer Distributor Patent No. 520,889
On this day in 1894, G.W. Murray patents Cotton Chopper, Patent No. 520,888.
On thus day in 1894, G.W. Murray patents Planter, Patent No. 520,887
On this day in 1872, the Republican National Convention met in Philadelphia with substantial Black representation from Southern States. For the first... Continue →
On this day in 1783, Oliver Cromwell, soldier in the Revolutionary War, receives an honorable discharge and the Badge of Merit from George Washington... Continue →
On this day in 1977, Joseph Lawson Howze installed as bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Biloxi, Mississippi.
On this day in 1939, Children's Advocate Marian Wright Edelman was born.
On this day in 1869, Dillard University chartered in New Orleans, Louisiana.
On this day in 1863, at the Battle of Milken's Bend a Negro soldier takes his former master prisoner.
On this day in 1831, the Second National Black convention met in Philadelphia. There were fifteen delegates from five states.
On this date in 1958, Composer, musician and singer Prince Rogers Nelson born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
On this date in 1917, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas.
On this day in 1868, Marie Laveau, the "Queen of the Voodoo," was dethroned because of old age. Believed to be born in New Orleans in 1794 and died... Continue →
On this day in 1968, James Earl Ray, alleged assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., captured at London airport.
On this day in 1953, King, Sr., performs the marriage ceremony of King, Jr., and Coretta Scott at the Scott home near Marion, Alabama.
On this day in 1989, Congressman John Conyers D-Michigan announced a call for a reparations study.
On this day in 1941, Marcus Garvey (52) died in London, England.
On this day in 1910, Rhythm & blues singer Howlin' Wolf is born Chester Arthur Burnett in West Point, Mississippi. His most popular and influential... Continue →
On this day in 1899, the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks founded in Cincinnati.
On this day in 1854, James Augustine Healy, first Black American Roman Catholic bishop, ordained a priest in Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.
On this day in 1967, there was a Race riot in Tampa, Florida. The National Guard was mobilized.
On this day in 1963, Vivian Malone and James Hood, accompanied by U.S. Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach attempt to register at the... Continue →
ON this day in 1991, Michael Jordan lead Chicago Bulls in win over L.A. Lakers in five games to capture his first NBA Championship.
On this day in 1967, U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Virginia law banning inter-racial marriage was unconstitutional.
On this day in 1967, a Race riot occurred in Cincinnati, Ohio. Three hundred persons were arrested, and the National Guard was mobilized.
On this day in 1963, Civil rights groups demonstrated at Harlem construction sites to Protest discrimination in building trades unions.... Continue →
IN this day in 1886, the Georgia State Supreme Court sustained the will of the late David Dickson, thus making Amanda Eubanks, the daughter of a... Continue →
The first known monument erected by African Americans to honor one of our heroes is dedicated to Richard Allen in Philadelphia's Fairmont park.
On this day in 1840, the World's Anti-Slavery Convention convenes in London, England.
On thus day in 1990, Bernadette Locke becomes the first female on-court coach when she is named assistant coach of the University of Kentucky men's... Continue →
On this day in 1910, William D. Crum (1859-1912), a South Carolina physician, appointed minister to Liberia.
On this day in 1868, Ex-slave Oscar J. Dunn becomes lieutenant governor of Louisiana. It is the highest executive office held by an African American... Continue →
On this day in 1952, Dr. Harold D. West is named President of Meharry Medical College
On this day in 1946, Marla Gibbs, television personality, born
On this day in 1941, John Edgar Wideman, Rhodes scholar, writer, born
On this day in 1939, The Ethel Waters Show, a variety special appears on NBC. It is the first time an African American appears on television
On this day in 1968, Ellen Holly becomes the first African American on daytime television as Carla on One Life to Live.
On this day in 1921, Erroll Garner born in Pittsburgh,PA
On this day in 1864, Congress passed bill equalizing pay, arms, equipment and medical services of Black troops.
On this day in 1991, Natalie Cole's album, Unforgettable is released.
ON this day in 1976, Hector Petersen, a 13 year old Soweto schoolboy is the first to die in what will become the "Children's Crusade", the first... Continue →
On this day in 1975, Adam Wade hosts the Nationally televised game show Musical Chairs. He is the first African American game show host.
On this day in 1970, Kenneth A Gibson elected the first African American mayor of Newark. In 1976, he will be elected the first African American... Continue →
On this day in 1943, Race riot, Beaumont, Texas. Two killed.
On this date in 1948, Actress Phylicia Rashad was born in Houston, Texas.
ON this date in 1937, Journalist Robert Clyve Maynard, owner, editor and publisher of "The Oakland Tribune," was born in the borough of Brooklyn, NY.
On this date in 1928, Blues singer, "the Godfather of Soul," James Brown was born in Pulaski, Tennessee.
On this date in 1897, William Frank Powell, New Jersey educator, named minister to Haiti.
On this date in 1862, Congress authorized President Lincoln to accept blacks in Union Army.
On this date in 1942, the U.S. Navy commissions its first black officer, Harvard University medical student Bernard Whitfield Robinson.
ON this date in 1991, City Auditor Wellington Webb is elected mayor of Denver, Colo. He is the first African American to hold the post.