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22
Apr

1922 - Jazz Musician Charles Mingus Born

Charles Mingus Jr. Bio Civil Rights Activist, Pianist, Guitarist, Songwriter (1922–1979) Quick Facts Name : Charles Mingus Occupation : Civil... Continue →

11
Feb

1965 - Malcolm X delivers speech at the London School of Economics

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.

8
Apr

1938 - Cornetist and bandleader, Joe King Oliver, dies

Joseph Nathan Oliver,  better known as King Oliver or Joe Oliver, was an American jazz cornet player and bandleader. He was particularly recognized... Continue →

8
Apr

1920 - American Jazz Singer Carmen Mercedes McRae was born.

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 →

14
Feb

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.

31
Dec

1948 - Singer Donna Summer born.

Singer Donna Summer, known as "Queen of Disco," is born on this day in Boston, Massachusetts.

23
Apr

Mind blowing Jazz Pianist playing Art Tatum's Tiger Rag

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 →

23
Apr

Thelonious Monk who was a jazz pianist and composer

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 →

1
Jan

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers: Moanin' - All About Jazz

Art Blakey was a famous American drummer and bandleader who revolutionized the way jazz drums were played. His unique approach to drumming... Continue →

23
Apr

Dizzy Gillespie - Jazz and Blues Masters Series

American jazz trumpet player, singer, composer and bandleader, Gillespie was very significant in the development of bebop and modern jazz. His... Continue →

23
Apr

Relive the birth of bebop style jazz through the life of drummer Max Roach

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 →

23
Apr

Billie Holiday was an American jazz singer and songwriter

“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 →

23
Apr

John William Coltrane, also known as "Trane"

John Coltrane is virtually synonymous with the word “cool.” At the forefront of hard bop, Coltrane, a composer and saxophone virtuoso, made... Continue →

19
Apr

1989 - Republic Day in Sierra Leone

Republic Day in Sierra Leone.

19
Apr

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 →

18
Apr

1961-Nicholas Biddle, the First African American in uniform wounded in Civil War

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 →

29
Apr

Poor Peoples Campaign

Poor People's Campaign began with Ralph Abernathy,   SCLC president, leading delegations of leaders representing poor White, Black,... Continue →

28
Feb

1948 - Clothing Designer Willi Smith born

Award Winning Clothing Designer Willi Smith born.

16
May

1929-John Conyers, Jr , was born

Congressman John Conyers, Jr , the founder of the Congressional Black Caucus was born.

6
May

1960-President Eisenhower signed Civil Rights Act of 1960.

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 →

6
May

1886-Inventor M. A. Cherry patented the Tricycle.

On May 6, 1886, M. A. Cherry created the tricycle a three wheeled vehicle that is used for transportation.

7
May

1878-Joseph Richard Winters receives patent for the wagon-mounted fire escape ladder.

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 →

8
May

1925-Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters was organized

The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Poters (BSCP) ,an influential African American labor union, was organized by Founding President A. Philip Randolph,... Continue →

9
May

1750-The South Carolina Gazette reports that a South Carolina slave named Caesar granted freedom.

The South Carolina Gazette reports that a South Carolina slave and medical practitioner named Caesar granted freedom and lifetime... Continue →

10
May

1950-Jackie Robinson appears on cover of Life Magazine

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 →

11
May

1933-Louis Farrakhan Muhammad, Sr was born on this day.

Louis Farrakhan Muhammad, Sr , born Louis Eugene Walcott, was born on this day.

12
May

1958-Summit Meeting of National Negro Leaders called

Summit meeting of National Negro Leaders called for stepped up campaign againts discrimination and desegregation.  Then President Eisenhower was... Continue →

13
May

1914-Joseph Luis Barrow (Joe Louis) was born on this day

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 →

14
May

1969-John B. Mclendon becomes first African American professional head coach.

John B. Mclendon becomes first African American American Basketball Association (ABA) head coach and the first African American professional head... Continue →

15
May

1946-Camilla Ella Williams debuts in Madam Butterfly.

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 →

2
Mar

1867-Howard University, was established.

On this dated in 1867, Howard University, in Washington, D. C. named for General Oliver O. Howard, was established.

2
May

1920-First game of the National Negro Baseball League

First game of the National Negro Baseball League played in Indianapolis.

3
May

1845-Macon Bolling Allen passes bar examination

Macon Bolling Allen, first African American lawyer admitted to the bar, passed examination at Worchester, Massachusetts.  Macon B. Allen was the... Continue →

4
May

1897-J. H. Smith patents Lawn Sprinkler

J. H. Smith patents Lawn Sprinkler May 4, 1897.  Patent Number 581785.

4
May

1896-Cowboy Bill Pickett earns the title of inventor of Bull Dogging

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 →

5
May

1905-Robert Sengstacke Abbott finds the Chicago Defender calling it,

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 →

15
Apr

1947 – Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball's color line.

Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball's color line.

17
May

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 →

18
May

1962 - Ernie Davis dies

Ernie Davis,  an American football halfback at Syracuse University and the first African-American athlete to win the Heisman Trophy in 1961, dies... Continue →

19
May

1965 - Patricia Roberts Harris becomes ambassador to Luxembourg.

Patricia Roberts Harris names ambassador to Luxembourg.  She was the  first African American woman ambassador. Quote -"You do not seem to... Continue →

20
May

1952-Boxer Marvin Hagler born on this date

Boxer Marvelous Marvin Hagler born in Newark, New jersey on this date. Marvelous Marvin Hagler was the undisputed middleweight champion of the world... Continue →

21
May

1921 - Christopher J Perry, founder of The Philadlphia Tribune, dies.

Christopher J. Perry, a pioneering black businessman who championed racial equality, established the Philadelphia Tribune in 1884.  The Tribune is... Continue →

22
May

1959 - Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. becomes first African American general in the U.S. Air Force.

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 →

23
May

1871 - Landrow Bell patents Locomotive Smoke Stack on this day.

Landrow Bell patents Locomotive Smoke Stack on this day.  Patent #115,153.

24
May

1951 - Racial Segregation in Washington, D. C. ruled illegal by city's Municipal Court of Appeals.

Racial Segregation in Washington, D. C. ruled illegal by the city's Municipal Court of Appeals.

25
May

1926 - Trumpeter Miles Davis is born on this date.

Miles Davis,  American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer was born on this date.  Miles Davis was, together with his musical... Continue →

26
May

1969 - National Black Economic Development Conference adopts manifesto

National Black Economic Development Conference adopted manifesto in Detroit meeting calling for $500 Million in reparations from white churches.

27
May

1942 - Doris (Dorie) Miller awarded Navy Cross on this date.

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 →

28
May

1944 - Singer Gladys Knight was born on this date.

Singer, songwriter, businesswoman, humanitarian and author Gladys Knight , "The Empress of Soul" was born in Atlanta, Georgia on this date.

29
May

1973 - Thomas J. "Tom" Bradley elected Mayor of Los Angeles 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 →

30
May

1943 - Gale Eugene Sayers was born on this date.

Gale Eugene Sayers, also known as "The Kansas Comet",  was born on this date in Wichita, Kansas.  Sayers' is a former American college and... Continue →

31
May

1955 - Supreme Court ordered school integration.

On May 31, 1955, The Supreme Court ruled in what became known as "Brown II,” that the task of carrying out school desegregation was delegated to... Continue →

1
Jun

1994 - South Africa rejoined the Commonwealth

South Africa rejoined the Commonwealth after an absence of 33 years.

1
Jun

1843 - Sojourner Truth begins career as antislavery activist on this date.

Sojourner Truth leaves New York and begins career as an antislavery activist.

1
Jun

1835 - The 5th National Negro Convention takes on the word negro

The 5th National Negro Convention meets in Philadelphia and urged African Americans to abandon the use of terms "African" and "colored" when... Continue →

2
Jun

1975 - James A. Healy, becomes first African American Roman Catholic Bishop on this date.

James A. Healy, first African American Roman Catholic Bishop, consecrated in the cathedral at Portland, Maine.

2
Jun

1951 - Kenneth Irvine Chenault, an African American business executive born on this date.

Kenneth Irvine Chenault  is an American business executive. Chenault has been the CEO and Chairman of American Express since 2001and is the third... Continue →

3
Jun

1949 - Wesley A. Brown becomes first African American graduate of Annapolis Naval Academy.

Wesley A. Brown becomes first African American graduate of Annapolis Naval Academy.

4
Jun

1991 - Baltimore Orioles Manager Frank Robinson names Assistant General Manager on this date

Baltimore Orioles Manager Frank Robinson names Assistant General Manager on this date.  Robinson was the third African American to become an... Continue →

5
Jun

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.

5
Jun

1956 - Montgomery buses segregated on this date.

Federal Court Rules that racial segregation on Montgomery City buses violated Constitution.

6
Jun

1987 - Mae C. Jemison chosen to be an astronaut on thuis date.

Mae C. Jemison, M. D. was chosen by NASA to begin training as a space shuttle astronaut on this date.

29
Apr

2015 - Golfer Calvin Pete passes away 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 →

7
Jun

1930 - New York Times adopted the captilized spelling of the term Negro

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 →

8
Jun

1982 - Satchel Paige, passes away on this date.

Legendary Pitcher Satchel Paige dies in Kansas City, Missouri. Satchel was an American Negro league baseball and Major League Baseball pitcher who... Continue →

9
Jun

1948 - Oliver W. Hill elected to Richmond City Council on this date.

Oliver W. Hill elected to Richmond, Virginia, City Council becoming the first African American to do so since Reconstruction.

10
Jun

1946 - Boxer Jack Johnson dies on this date.

Heavy Weight Boxer Jack Johnson dies on this date.

10
Jun

1898 - Oscar Award Winning Actress Hattie McDanial born on this date.

Oscar Award Winning Actress Hattie McDanial born on this date.

10
Jun

1760 - AME founder Richard Allen was born on this date.

African Methodist Episcopal Church founder Richard Allen was born on this date. Allen was born a slave near Philadelphia.

11
Jun

1964 - Nelson Mandela sentnced to Life imprisonment on this date.

Nelson Mandela was sentenced to Life imprisonment for allegedly attempting to sabotage the White South African government.

11
Jun

1930 - U.S. Congressman Charles Rangel born on this date.

United States Congressman Charles Rangel born on this date

12
Jun

1972 - The National Black MBA Assciation is incorporated.

The National Black MBA Assciation is incorporated.

12
Jun

1963 - Medgar W. Evers assissinated.

Medgar W. Evers , NAACP field secretary in Mississippi, assassinated in front of his Jackson home by a segregationist.

13
Jun

1967 - Thurgood Marshall become First African American Supreme Court Justice.

Thurgood Marshall, United States Solicitor General, name to the Supreme Court by President Johnson.  Marshall was confirmed by the Senate on August... Continue →

14
Jun

1989 - Congressman William Gray elected Democratic Whip

Congressman William Gray elected Democratic Whip of the House of Representatives, the highest ranking position ever held by a African American in... Continue →

14
Jun

1970 - Cheryl Adrienne Brown wins Miss Iowa pageant.

Cheryl Adrienne Brown wins Miss Iowa pageant and becomes the first African American to compete in the Miss America beauty pageant.

15
Jun

1897 - R. A. Butler patents train alarm.

R. A. Butler patents train alarm, patent #157,370.

15
Jun

1877 - Henry O. Flipper graduates West Point.

Henry O. Flipper receives degree at West Point and becomes the first African American graduate.

16
Jun

2002 - Tiger Woods wins U. S. Open Gold Tournament.

Tiger Woods wins U. S. Open Gold Tournament.

16
Jun

1969 - Clayton Powell Jr. suspension deemed unconstitutional.

United States Supreme Court rules that the suspension of Clayton Powel Jr. from the House of Representatives was unconstitutional.

17
Jun

1957 - Tuskegee Boycott began

Tuskegee Boycott began.  African American's boycotted city stores in protest against act of state legislature that deprived them of municipal votes... Continue →

18
Jun

1968 - Housing Discrimination banned.

Supreme Court banned racial discrimination in sale and rental of housing.

18
Jun

1899 - W. H. Richardson patents baby buggy.

W. H. Richardson patents baby buggy.

18
Jun

1862 - Slavery Abolished in United States territories.

Slavery Abolished in United States territories in congress.

19
Jun

1953 - Albert W. Dent elected President of National Health Council.

Albert W. dent, president of Dillard University, elected president of National Health Council.

20
Jun

1967 - Muhammad Ali convicted for violating Selective Service Act.

Muhammad Ali convicted in Houston, Texas in federal court for violating Selective Service Act by refusing induction into the armed services. Ali was... Continue →

20
Jun

1943 - National Congress of Racial Equality organized.

National Congress of Racial Equality organized

21
Jun

1923 - Marcus Garvey sentnced to five years in prison.

Marcus Garvey sentenced to five years in prison after his conviction on charges of using the mail to defraud.

20
Jun

1915 -U.S. Supreme Court said"Grandfather Clause" violated the 15th Amendment.

United States Supreme Court (Guinn v United States) said "Grandfather Clause" in the Oklahoma and Maryland constitutions violated the 15th Amendment.

22
Jun

1970 - Richard Nixon signed bill extending Voting Rights

Richard Nixon signed bill extending Voting Rights Act of 1965 to 1975.

22
Jun

1937 - Joe Louis defeats Braddock

Joe Louis defeated James J. Barddock for heavyweight boxing championship.

22
Jun

1949 - Ezzard Charles defeats Jersey Joe Walcott

Ezzard Charles defeats Jersey Joe Walcott for the world heavy weight championship.

23
Jun

2003 - Maynard Jackson, three term mayor of Atlanta, dies.

Maynard Jackson, three term mayor of Atlanta, dies at the age of 65.

22
Jun

1940 - Three time Olympian Wilma Rudolph was born on this date.

Wilma Glodean Rudolph, the first African American women to with three gold medals, was born on this dated in Clarksville, Tennessee.

24
Jun

1936 - Mary Mcleod Bethune named Director of Negro Affairs.

Mary Mcleod Bethune , founder-president of Bethune-Cookman College, named Director of Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration.  Mary was... Continue →

24
Jun

1884 - John R. lynch elected temporary chairman of Republican convention.

John R. Lynch, former congressman from Mississippi, elected temporary chairmen of Republican convention and becomes the first African American to... Continue →

25
May

1968 - Lincoln Alexander become member of Canadian Parliament.

Lincoln Alexander becomes the first black member of the Canadian Parliament.

25
Jun

1935 - Joe Louis defeats Primo Carnera

Joe Louis defeats Primo Carnera at Yankee Stadium.

25
Jun

1876 - Isaiah Dorman dies at battle to Little Bighorn.

Isaiah Dorman dies at battle to Little Bighorn under the leadership of Colonel George Custer.

26
Jun

1959 - Prince Edward County abandons school system

Prince Edward County, Virginia, Board of Supervisors abandoned school system to prevent integration.

26
Jun

1938 - James Weldon Johnson dies in automobile accident.

James Weldon Johnson  dies of injuries received in an automobile accident near his summer home in Wiscosset, Maine.

26
Jun

1934 - W. E. B. DuBois resigns from NAACP.

W. E. B. DuBois resigns from his position at the NAACP in a disagreement over policy and racial strategy.

28
Jun

1991 - Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall anounces retirement.

United States Supreme Court Thurgood Marshall announces his retirement.

27
Jun

1939 - Frederick Jones invents the ticket dispensing machine.

Frederick Jones invents the ticket dispensing machine, patent #2163754.

28
Jun

1874 - Freeman's Bank Closed

Freedman's Bank closed.  African American depositors had some $3 million in the bank.  The Freedman's Bank had an imposing headquarters in... Continue →

29
Jun

1972 - NAACP Annual Report

The NAACP annual report said the unemployment of "urban blacks in 1971 was worse than at anytime since the great depression of the thirties." The... Continue →

29
Jun

1968 - Louisiana legislature met in New Orleans

Louisiana legislature met in New Orleans.  The temporary chairman of the house was  African American Representative, R. H. Isabelle.  Oscar J.... Continue →

30
Jun

1967 - Major Robert H. Lawrence Jr. named First African American astronaut.

Major Robert H. Lawrence Jr. named First African American astronaut.  Major Lawrence was killed during a training flight on December 8, 1967.

30
Jun

1917 - Actress -Singer Lena Horne was born on this date.

Actress -Singer Lena Horne was born in Brooklyn, New York.

9
Nov

1901 - Guardian Newspaper was founded on this date

The Guardian newspaper was founded by William Monroe Trotter in Boston, Massachusetts.

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May

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Jul

1976 - Kenneth Gibson becomes Mayor of Newark

Kenneth Gibson, Mayor of Newark, became the first African American president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

1
Jul

1961 - Track star Carl Lewis was born on this date.

Olympic track and field star Carl Lewis was born in Willingboro, New Jersey.

2
Jul

1925 - Activist Medgar Evers born

Civil Rights activist Medgar Evers born in Decatur, Mississippi.  

2
Jul

1908 - Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, born on this date.

The first African American Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, born in Baltimore.

2
Jul

1872 - E. McCoy patents steam engine lubricator on this date.

McCoy, E. patents Lubricator for Steam Engines on this date in 1872,  Patent No. 129,843  

3
Jul

1941 - Cab Calloway and his Orchestra recorded the standard, St. James Infirmary.

Cab Calloway and his Orchestra recorded the standard, St. James Infirmary, for Okey Records.

3
Jul

1904 - Charles Drew, born

Dr. Charles Drew was born in Washington DC. Drew attended medical schools in Montreal, Canada. After much research and study, Drew discovered a way... Continue →

3
Jul

1775 - Prince Hall Masonry founded

Prince Hall founded Africa Lodge No. 1. It was the first Black Lodge of Free Masons in the United States.

4
Jul

2002 - General B.O. Davis. Jr. dies

Four Star General Benjamin O. Davis, the first African American to become an Air Force General, died at age 89. He was the fourth African American to... Continue →

10
Jul

1910 - First Black heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson successfully defended his heavy

First Black heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson successfully defended his heavyweight championship by knocking out Jim "The Great White Hope"... Continue →

4
Jul

1900 - Daniel Louis ("Satchmo") Armstrong born on this date

Daniel Louis ("Satchmo") Armstrong born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

4
Jul

1881 - Institutions of Higher Learning Established

Booker T. Washington established Tuskegee Institute. Also founded in 1881 were Spelman College, Morris Brown College, and Bishop College.

4
Jul

1776 - Declaration of Independence adopted

Declaration of Independence adopted. A section denouncing the slave trade was deleted.

5
Jul

1975 - Arthur Ashe wins Wimbledon on this date.

Arthur Ashe makes history by becoming the first African American male to win the men's single title at Wimbledon, defeating Jimmy Connors.  

6
Jul

1971 - Cellular Phone Invented

Henry Sampson, an African American, invented the cellular phone.

7
Jul

1906 - Baseball great Satchel Paige born on this date.

Baseball legend Satchel Paige was born in Mobile, Alabama.

8
Jul

2001 - Venus Williams wins her second straight Wimbledon

Venus Williams wins her second straight Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship. Venus is the first woman to win consecutive Wimbledon Championships... Continue →

9
Jul

1868 - Francis L. Cardozo

Francis L. Cardozo installed as secretary of the state of South Carolina and became the first Black cabinet officer on the state level.

10
Jul

1943 - Arthur Ashe is born on this date.

Arthur Ashe, Born July 10, 1943 in Richmond, Virginia. In 1963, Twenty-year-old Arthur Ashe becomes the first African-American to make the U.S. Davis... Continue →

11
Jul

1915 - Mifflin Wistar Gibbs, dies.

Mifflin Wistar Gibbs, dies. He worked in the Underground Railroad and with Frederick Douglass. He was also a clothing retailer, the publisher of the... Continue →

12
Jul

1949 - F.M. Jones patents a/c unit

Jones, F. M. Air Conditioning Unit July 12, 1949 Patent No. 2475841

13
Jul

1972 - Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm became the first African American Presidential nominee, with 151 votes from the delegates polled.

14
Jul

1951 - George Washington Carver National Monument presented in Joplin MO, 1951

George Washington Carver National Monument presented in Joplin,  MO.

15
Jul

1822 - Philadelphia opens its Public schools for Blacks.

Philadelphia opens its Public schools for Blacks.

16
Jul

1822 - Violette A. Johnson was born on this date.

Violette A. Johnson, first African American woman to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, born

17
Jul

1959 - Death of singer Billie Holiday

Death of singer Billie Holiday (44) New York City.

18
Jul

1899 - L.C. Bailey granted patent # 620,286

L.C. Bailey granted patent # 620,286 for the folding bed

19
Jul

1941 - First U.S. Army flying school for Black cadets dedicated

First U.S. Army flying school for Black cadets dedicated at Tuskegee, Alabama.

21
Jul

2001 - Bluesman John Lee Hooker dies

Blues singer/guitarist John Lee Hooker, whose style influenced leganadary rockers including the Rolling Stones, died of natural causes. He was 83.

20
Jul

1967 - Black Power Conference

More than one thousand persons attended the first Black Power Conference in Newark, New Jersey.

22
Jul

1963 - Floyd Patterson is defeated by Sony Liston and loses his world heavyweight title

Floyd Patterson is defeated by Sony Liston and loses his world heavyweight title, 1963

23
Jul

1962 - Jackie Robinson inducted into Hall of Fame

Baseball great Jackie Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

24
Jul

1914 - Kenneth Bancroft Clark was born on this day.

Kenneth Bancroft Clark was born on this day.

25
Jul

1972 - The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, admitted to by US government

The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, where Blacks were used in experiments with syphilis, admitted to by US government officials, 1972

26
Jul

1926 - Spingarn Medal: Carter G. Woodson

Spingarn Medal awarded to Carter G. Woodson for "ten years devoted service in collecting and publishing the records of the Negro in America."

27
Jul

1880 - Inventor, AP Abourne was awarded patent for refining coconut oil.

Inventor, AP Abourne was awarded patent for refining coconut oil, 1880

28
Jul

1868 - The 14th Amendment, making Blacks citizens was passed.

The 14th Amendment, making blacks citizens was passed, 1868

29
Jul

1918 - Congress asked to make lynching a federal crime

The National Liberty Congress of Colored Americans asked Congress to make lynching a federal crime.

30
Jul

1822 - James Varick

James Varick consecrated as the first bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.

31
Jul

1960 - Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam

Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam, called for creation of a Black state in America at a New York meeting.

1
Aug

1936 - Benjamin E. Mays

Benjamin E. Mays, who has been called "the greatest school master of his generation," named president of Morehouse College.

2
Aug

1980 - Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns wins WBA Welterweight Title

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 →

3
Aug

1928 - First Black Daily Newspaper In Modern Times

Founded on this day by William A. Scott, III, the Atlanta Daily World was the first Black daily newspaper in modern times.

4
Aug

1897 - Henry Rucker appointed collector of Internal Revenue for Georgia

Henry Rucker appointed collector of Internal Revenue for Georgia, 1897

5
Aug

1984 - Evelyn Ashford wins a gold medal in the 100-meter

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 →

6
Aug

1965 - President Signs Voting Rights Bill

President Lyndon Johnson signs the Voting Rights Bill which authorized the suspension of literacy tests and the sending of federal examiners into... Continue →

7
Aug

1970 - Courthouse shoot-out

Four persons, including the presiding judge, killed in courthouse shoot-out in San Rafael, Marin County, California. Police charged that activist... Continue →

8
Aug

1885 - William C. Carter patents an umbrella stand

African-American inventor, William C. Carter, patented an umbrella stand (U.S. patent#323,397).

9
Aug

1987 - Beatrice Foods is acquired by Reginald Lewis.

Beatrice Foods is acquired by Reginald Lewis. It is the largest business acquisition ever by an African American.

9
Aug

1936 - Jesse Owens wins four gold medals in the Berlin Olympics

Jesse Owens wins four gold medals in the Berlin Olympics, 1936

10
Aug

1981 - PUSH Boycott

The Coca-Cola Bottling Company agreed to pump $34 million into Black businesses and the Black community, ending a national boycott called by PUSH.

11
Aug

1965 - Thurgood Marshall

U.S. Senate confirmed nomination of Thurgood Marshal as U.S. solicitor general.

12
Aug

1923 - Ophelia DeVore-Mitchell

Ophelia DeVore-Mitchell, founder of two African American modeling schools, born

13
Aug

1953 - President Eisenhower established Government Contract Compliance Committee

President Eisenhower established Government Contract Compliance Committee to supervise anti-discrimination regulations in government contracts.

14
May

1968 - Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry was born on this date.

Birthday of Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry.

14
Aug

1966 - Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry was born on this date.

Birthday of Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry.

15
Aug

1938 - Congresswoman Maxine Waters born on this date.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters was born this day. Congresswoman Waters is a Democrat from California.

1
Jan

1863 - President Lincoln signed Emancipation Proclamation

President Lincoln signed Emancipation Proclamation which freed slaves in rebel states with exception of thirteen parishes (including New Orleans) in... Continue →

16
Aug

1958 - Angela Bassett, actress born on this date

Angela Bassett (actress) born in New York, New York August 16, 1958- Angela starred in the following films: The Jacksons: An American Dream... Continue →

17
Aug

1990 - Jazz artist Pearl Bailey dies

Jazz vocalist Pearl Bailey dies at the age of 72.

18
Aug

1935 - Rafer Johnson, is born

Rafer Johnson was born August 18, 1935, Hillsboro, Texas One of the greatest all-around track athletes in history. On Sept. 6, 1960, he won the... Continue →

19
Aug

1989 - Desmond Tutu Defies Apartheid Law

Defying apartheid laws, Bishop Desmond Tutu walks alone on a South African beach, 1989

20
Aug

1942 - Musician Isaac Hayes born

Composer, songwriter, musician and singer Isaac Hayes was born in Covington, Tennessee on this date.

21
Aug

1936 - Wilt Chamberlain born on this date.

Basketball great Wilton "Wilt the Stilt" Chamberlain born in Philadelphia.

22
Aug

1989 - Huey P. Newton killed

Black Panther Party Co-founder Huey P. Newton was gunned down by a member of the Black Guerilla Family drug ring.

23
Aug

1900 - National Negro Business League organized in Boston

National Negro Business League organized at Boston meeting. Booker T. Washington was elected president. (8/23-24).

24
Aug

1854 - John V. DeGrasse admitted to Massachusetts Medical Society.

John V. DeGrasse, prominent physician, admitted to Massachusetts Medical Society.

25
Aug

1886 - American National Baptist Convention

The first meeting of the American National Baptist Convention was held in St. Louis, Missouri.

27
Aug

1963 - W.E.B. Du Bois died

W.E.B. Du Bois, scholar, protest leader and a founder of the NAACP, died in Accra, Ghana. W.E.B. DuBois was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts... Continue →

28
Aug

1963 - March on Washington

More than 250,000 persons participated in March on Washington demonstration, the largest single demonstration in US History at the time, begins, 1963

29
Aug

1958 - Musician, Michael Jackson was born,1958 on this date

Musician, Michael Jackson was born, 1958 on this date.

30
Aug

1983 - Lt. Col. Guion S. Bluford Jr. The first Black US astronaut enters space.

Lt. Col. Guion S. Bluford Jr. The first Black US astronaut enters space.

31
Aug

2002 - Jazz great, vibraphonist, Lionel Hampton dies at age 94.

Jazz great, vibraphonist, Lionel Hampton dies at age 94.

1
Sep

1977 - Death of Ethel Waters

Death of Ethel Waters (80), singer and actress, in Chatsworth, California.

2
Sep

1966 - Professional baseball player, Frank Robinson was named MVP of the American League

Professional baseball player, Frank Robinson was named MVP of the American League, 1966

2
Sep

1884 - John Parker patents "Parker Pulverizer"

U.S. Patent # 304,552 September 2, 1884 "Follower-Screw for Tobacco Presses." Official Gazette of the USPTO v.28, p.883

3
Sep

1990 - Jonathan A. Rodgers becomes president of CBS's television stations division.

Jonathan A. Rodgers becomes president of CBS's television stations division, the highest ranking African American in network television. Rodgers had... Continue →

5
Sep

1899 - J. Ross patents Bailing Press

Ross, J. Bailing Press Sept 05, 1899 Patent No. 632,539

6
Sep

1960 - Rafer Johnson won the Olympic Decathlon

On Sept. 6, 1960 Rafer Johnson won the Olympic Decathlon, the first for an African American.

7
Sep

1954 - The start of Integration for MD public schools, and Washington DC public school.

The start of Integration for MD public schools, and Washington DC public school, 1954

8
Sep

1957 - Tennis champion, Althea Gibson, wins a US National Tennis Championship

Tennis champion, Althea Gibson, becomes the first Black athlete to win a US national tennis championship, 1957

9
Sep

1968 - Arthur Ashe, the first winner of the U.S.Open

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.

10
Sep

1976 - Death of Mordecai Johnson

Death of Mordecai Johnson (86), first Black president of Howard University, in Washington.

11
Sep

1959 - "Duke" Ellington get's the Spingarn Medal for his musical achievements.

"Duke" Ellington get's the Spingarn Medal for his musical achievements, 1959

12
Sep

1992 - Dr. Mae Jemison becomes First African-American woman in space.

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 →

13
Sep

1998 - Andre Braugher wins Emmy

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.

13
Sep

1996 - Tupac Shakur dies

ON this date in 1996, the talented and controversial rapper and actor Tupac Shakur dies in Las Vegas at the age of 25 a few days after sustaining 4... Continue →

14
Sep

1921 - US Cabinet member, Constance Baker Motley was born on this date.

US Cabinet member, Constance Baker Motley was born, 1921

15
Sep

1971 - Inmates seized Attica State Correctional Facility

Inmates seized Attica State Correctional Facility (N.Y.) and held several guards hostage. They issued a list of demands which included coverage by... Continue →

16
Sep

1990 - Keenan Ivory Wayans's In Living Color wins an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Keenan Ivory Wayans's In Living Color wins an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.

17
Sep

1787 - U.S. Constitution approved with three clauses protecting slavery

On this date in 1787, U.S. Constitution approved at Philadelphia convention with three clauses protecting slavery.

18
Sep

1971 - Jada Pinkett Smith, actress, born on this date.

Jada Pinkett Smith, actress, born on this date

19
Sep

1989 - First issue of Emerge magazine goes on sale.

First issue of Emerge magazine goes on sale.

20
Sep

1987 - Alfre Woodard wins an Emmy on this date.

Alfre Woodard wins an Emmy for outstanding guest performance in the dramatic series L.A. Law. It is her second Emmy award, her first having been for... Continue →

21
Sep

1891 - Inventor, FW Leslie, patents the envelope seal, 1891

Inventor, FW Leslie, patents the envelope seal, 1891

22
Sep

1998 - Sprinter Florence Griffith-Joyner (Flo-Jo) dies on this date.

Sprinter Florence Griffith-Joyner, winner of 3 gold and a silver medal at the 1988 Olympics, dies. She was 38.

23
Sep

1979 - Lou Brock becomes MLB all-time steals leader.

Lou Brock stole a record of 935th bases and became the all-time major league record holder.

24
Sep

1965 - Executive Order 11246 issued on this date.

Executive Order 11246 enforces affirmative action for the first time Issued by President Johnson, the executive order requires government contractors... Continue →

25
Sep

1974 - Barbara W Hancock becomes the first Black woman named a White House fellow.

Barbara W Hancock becomes the first Black woman named a White House fellow, 1974

26
Sep

1981 - Tennis sensation Serena Williams born on this date.

Tennis sensation Serena Williams born on this date.

27
Sep

1954 - School Integration Begins

School integration began in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Md., public schools.

28
Sep

1991 - Jazz Innovator Miles Davis dies

Jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis died in Santa Monica, California from complications following a stroke. He was 65.

29
Sep

2001 - Figure skating pioneer Mabel Fairbanks dies on this date

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 →

30
Sep

1991 - Mike Powell broke the world long jump world record when he jumped 8.95 meters.

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 →

30
Sep

1975 - Virgie Ammons patents fireplace damper actuator

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 →

1
Oct

1966 - Black Panther party founded in Oakland, California.

Black Panther party founded in Oakland, California by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale.

2
Oct

1967 - Thurgood Marshall is sworn in, and becomes the first Black Supreme Court.

Thurgood Marshall is sworn in, and becomes the first Black Supreme Court Justice.

3
Oct

1995 - Ex-football star O.J. Simpson is cleared of murder on this date.

Ex-football star O.J. Simpson is cleared today of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

4
Oct

1971 - Elgin Baylor announces his retirement from the Los Angeles Lakers.

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 →

7
Oct

1993 - Writer, Toni Morrison, awarded the Nobel Prize in literature on this date.

Writer, Toni Morrison, awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, 1993

8
Oct

1969 - Police officers and Blacks exchanged sniper fire

Police officers and Blacks exchanged sniper fire on Chicago's West Side. One youth was killed and nine policemen were injured.

9
Oct

1991 - Latasha Harlins killed on this date.

ON this date in 1991, Korean store owner shoots and kills teenager Latasha Harlins in the back of the head. Despite widespread protests, the store... Continue →

10
Oct

1917 - Jazz pianist Theolonius Monk is born in Rocky Mount North Carolina

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.

10
Oct

1899 - Issac R. Johnson patents folding bicycle frame

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 →

11
Oct

1991 - Redd Foxx dies on this date

Comedian John Elroy Sanford, "Redd Foxx," dies at age 68.

12
Oct

1999 - Basketball legend, Wilt Chamberlain, died at the age 63 on this date

Basketball legend, Wilt Chamberlain, died today at age 63.

12
Oct

1932 - Richard ("Dick") Gregory was born on this day.

Richard ("Dick") Gregory was born on this day.

13
Oct

1924 - Comedian Nipsey Russell born on this date.

Nightclub comedian and actor Nipsey Russell born in Buffalo, New York.

14
Oct

1964 - Martin Luther King Jr. wins Nobel Peace Prize on this date.

On this day, Martin Luther King Jr became the youngest man ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

15
Oct

1991 - Judge Clarence Thomas is confirmed to U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge Clarence Thomas is confirmed as the 106th associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, its second African American.

16
Oct

1995 - Million Man March

Nation of Islam's Minister Louis Farrakhan called over one million black men together in Washington DC for "A Day of Atonement and Reconciliation".... Continue →

17
Oct

1928 - Author Lerone Bennett, Jr. was born on this day.

Author Lerone Bennett, Jr. was born on this day.

18
Oct

1968 - Bob Beamon breaks World long jump record on this date.

World long jump was beat by Bob Beamon, record at 29 ft, 2.5 in at the Mexico City Olympics

19
Oct

1960 - Martin Luther King Jr arrested in Atlanta.

Martin Luther King Jr. arrested in Atlanta sit-in and ordered to serve four months in the Georgia State Prison for violating a probated traffic... Continue →

20
Oct

1942 - Sixty leading Southern Blacks issue "Durham Manifesto" on this date.

Sixty leading Southern Blacks issued "Durham Manifesto" calling for fundamental changes in race relations after a Durham, North Carolina, meeting.

21
Oct

1986 - George Alcorn patents fabrication of spectrometer

Patent # 4,618,380 George E. Alcorn (Reston, VA) patents method of fabricating an imaging X-ray spectrometer.

22
Oct

1936 - Bobby Seale, Black Panther Co-Founder, born on this date.

Birthday of Bobby Seale in Dallas, TX, co-founder and former chairman of the Black Panther Party.

23
Oct

1947 - NAACP petition on racism presented to United Nations.

NAACP petition on racism, "An Appeal to the World," presented to United Nations at Lake Success.

24
Oct

1972 - Death of Jack Roosevelt ("Jackie") Robinson on this date.

Death of Jack Roosevelt ("Jackie") Robinson (53), first Black in major leagues in twentieth century, in Stamford, Connecticut.

25
Oct

1990 - Evander Holyfield knocks out James "Buster" Douglas in the third round.

Evander Holyfield knocks out James "Buster" Douglas in the third round to become the undisputed world heavyweight champion.

27
Oct

1924 - Ruby Dee (Born Ruby Ann Wallace) was born on this day.

Ruby Dee (Born Ruby Ann Wallace) was born on this day.

1
Jan

1914 - Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, founded.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, founded at Howard University.

29
Oct

1974 - Muhammad Ali regains world heavyweight boxing title.

Muhammad Ali regains world heavyweight boxing title.

30
Oct

1991 - BET Holdings, Inc. initial public offering on the NYSE on this date.

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 →

31
Oct

1899 - W.F. Burr patents railway switch

W.F. Burr patents Switching device Oct.31,1899 Patent # 636,197

1
Nov

1951 - Jet magazine founded

Jet magazine founded by John H. Johnson, publisher of Ebony magazine.

1
Jan

1898 - C.W. Allen patents table (self-leveling)

C. W. Allen Self-leveling table Nov. 1, 1898 Patent No.613,436

2
Nov

1983 - President Ronald Reagan signs law designating the third Monday in January Martin

President Ronald Reagan signs law designating the third Monday in January Martin Luther King Jr Day, in 1983

3
Nov

1992 - Carol Mosely Braun elected to US Senate

Carol Mosely Braun, a Democrat from Illinois, becomes the 1st African American woman elected to the United States Senate.

4
Nov

1988 - Twenty Million Dollar Gift to Spelman College

Bill and Camille Cosby gave an unprecedented gift of $20 million to Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

4
Nov

1969 - Sean "P.Diddy" Combs is born

Birthday of musician Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. Combs had early training working for record companies before setting off on his own with Bad Boy... Continue →

5
Nov

1974 - Shirley Chisholm elected to Congress

Shirley Chisholm, a New York Democrat, is the 1st African American woman elected to Congress.

6
Nov

1973 - Thomas Bradley was elected mayor of Los Angeles

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 →

7
Nov

1991 - Guitarist Jimi Hendrix inducted into Hall of Fame

Rock legend Jimi Hendrix was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

7
Nov

1989 - David Dinkins was elected first Black mayor of New York City

David Dinkins was elected first Black mayor of New York City, 1989

8
Nov

1933 - Actress Ester Rolle born on this date

Actress Ester Rolle was born in Pompano Beach, Florida.

1
Jan

1901 - Guardian Newspaper was founded on this date

The Guardian newspaper was founded by William Monroe Trotter in Boston, Massachusetts.

10
Nov

1957 - Charlie Sifford became the first Black person to win a major professional golf tournament.

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

11
Nov

1969 - George R. Carruthers patents Image Converter

The image converter for detecting electromagnetic radiation was patented by George R. Carruthers making him the first Black to do so.

12
Nov

1922 - Sigma Gamma Rho, Sorority Inc. founded

Seven black women in Indianapolis, Indiana founded Sigma Gamma Rho sorority based on a desire to raise the standards of teachers in normal and other... Continue →

13
Nov

1985 - Dwight Gooden wins Cy Young Award

New York Mets pitcher, Dwight Gooden won the Cy Young Award making him the youngest pitcher ever to win this prestigious award.

14
Nov

1950 - Lydia Holmes patents wood toys

Lydia M. Holmes St. Augustine, Florida Patent No. 2,529,692 on November 14, 1950 are the plans for several easily assembled wooden pull toys... Continue →

15
Nov

1990 - On this day, the US Golf Association bans racial & gender discrimination.

On this day, the US Golf Association bans racial & gender discrimination.

15
Nov

1887 - Granville T Woods patents the Synchronous Multiplier Railway Telegraph.

Granville T Woods patents the Synchronous Multiplier Railway Telgrap.

16
Nov

1967 - Actress Lisa Bonet is born

Actress Lisa Bonet was born on November 16, 1967 to a Jewish mother and a Black father. She is probably best known for her role on The Cosby Show,... Continue →

17
Nov

1972 - Andrew Young elected to Congress

On this date in 1972, Barbara Jordan of Houston and Andrew Young of Atlanta, become the first African Americans from the south elected to Congress... Continue →

17
Nov

1911 - Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., founded on the campus of Howard University

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., founded on the campus of Howard University, 1911

18
Nov

1956 - Comedian Sinbad is born

David Adkins "Sinbad" was born on November 18, 1956. As a child, he was the consummate jovial jokester, performing constantly for his three brothers... Continue →

19
Nov

1953 - Roy Campanella named most valuable player of the National Baseball League

Roy Campanella was named most valuable player of the National Baseball League for the second time, 1953

20
Nov

1976 - Gymnast Dominique Dawes born on this date.

Three-time Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes is born in Siver Spring, Maryland. She will win an Olympic gold medal and two bronze medal. She will also... Continue →

21
Nov

1933 - S.H. Love patents improved vending machine

S.H. Love patents improved vending machine, Patent No.1936515.

22
Nov

1930 - Elijah Muhammad founds the Nation of Islam in Detroit.

Elijah Muhammad founds the Nation of Islam in Detroit, 1930

23
Nov

1980 - 1000 people from twenty five states form the National Black Independent Party.

1000 people from twenty five states gather in Philadelphia and form the National Black Independent Party, 1980

24
Nov

1865 - Black Codes enacted

Mississippi passed the so-called "Black Codes" that barred blacks from jury service, testifying against whites in trials, bearing arms, and attending... Continue →

25
Nov

2001 - Pop singer Melanie Thornton dies

Pop singer Melanie Thornton, 34, was killed in a jet crash in Switzerland. Thornton sang lead with the pop-dance duo LaBouche. Hit songs included "Be... Continue →

26
Nov

1941 - Singer, Tina Turner was born

Singer, Tina Turner was born, 1941

26
Nov

1895 - National Negro Medical Association founded

National Negro Medical Association founded, 1895

27
Nov

1976 - Actor Jaleel White is born

Jaleel White was born November 27, 1976 in Pasadena, California. He started acting in commercials for Jack In The Box and other companies at the age... Continue →

27
Nov

1964 -Model/actress Robin Givens was born on this date

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 →

28
Nov

1950 - F.M. Jones patents 2-cycle engine

Jones, F. M. Two-Cycle gasoline Engine Nov. 28, 1950 Patent No. 2523273

29
Nov

1908 - Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., politician and civil rights activist was born

Congressman Clayton Powell, Jr., politician and civil rights activist was born in New Haven, Connecticut.

30
Nov

2001 - First Abiocor recipient dies

Robert Tools, the first recipient of the Abiocor artificial heart, dies of multiple organ failure after suffering a stroke several days earlier.

1
Dec

1955 - Rosa Parks refuses to change seat.

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to change seats on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus. On December 5, blacks began a boycott of the bus system, which... Continue →

1
Dec

1862 - Compensation For States

President Lincoln, in message to Congress, recommended the use of federal bonds to provide compensation for states that abolished slavery before 1900.

2
Dec

1975 - Ohio State running back Archie Griffin wins second Heisman Trophy.

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 →

3
Dec

1847 - Frederick Douglass, along with Martin R Delaney, started "The North Start."

Frederick Douglass, along with Martin R Delaney, started "The North Star", an anti-slavery paper, 1847

4
Dec

1969 - Black Panther Leaders Killed

Two Black Panther leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark - killed in Chicago police raid. Civil rights leaders said the two men were murdered in their... Continue →

4
Dec

1915 - The Great Migration

The Great Migration began. Approximately two million Southern Blacks moved to Northern industrial centers in the following decades. Between the turn... Continue →

5
Dec

1981 - Marcus Allen, wins the Heisman Trophy

Marcus Allen, tailback for the Univ of Southern California, wins the Heisman Trophy

6
Dec

1849 - Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in Maryland.

Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in Maryland. She returned to the South nineteen times and brought out more than three hundred slaves.

7
Dec

1978 - Billy Sims is awarded the Heisman trophy

Billy Sims is awarded the Heisman trophy

8
Dec

1936 - Gibbs v. Board of Education

Gibbs v Board of Education in Montgomery County, Md., was the first of a succession of suits that eliminated wage differentials between Black and... Continue →

9
Dec

1875 - Carter Goodwin Woodson born on this date

Carter G. Woodson was on this day in New Canton, Virginia. He became known as the "Father of Black History." In 1926 Woodson created the first of... Continue →

10
Dec

1950 - Dr.Ralph J.Bunche is the first African American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Dr.Ralph J.Bunche is the first African American African American person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

11
Dec

1980 - George Rogers is awarded the Heisman Trophy

George Rogers is awarded the Heisman Trophy

12
Dec

1995 - Willie Brown defeats incumbent mayor Frank Jordan to become 1st African American

Willie Brown defeats incumbent Mayor Frank Jordan to become 1st African American Mayor of San Francisco

13
Dec

1981 - Comedian Dewey "Pigmeat" Markham dies

Dewey "Pigmeat" Markham, comedian, popular for his "here comes de judge" routine on television's Laugh-In, dies

14
Dec

1972 - Johnny Rodgers is awarded the Heisman Trophy

Johnny Rodgers is awarded the Heisman Trophy

15
Dec

2001 - Singer Rufus Thomas dies

R&B singer Rufus Thomas known for songs such as "Do the Funky Chicken" and "Walking the Dog" died. He was 84.

15
Dec

1883 - William A Hinton, developer of the Hinton test for diagnosing syphilis, is born

William A Hinton, developer of the Hinton test for diagnosing syphilis, is born

16
Dec

1973 - OJ Simpson sets NFL Record for Rushing Yards

O.J. Simpson set an NFL record of 2003 rushing yards in one season.

17
Dec

1991 - Michael Jordan named Sportsman of the Year

Michael Jordan is named 1991 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year

18
Dec

1989 - Ernest Dickerson wins the New York Film Critics Circle Award.

Ernest Dickerson wins the New York Film Critics Circle Award for best cinematography for the Spike Lee movie, "Do the Right Thing".

19
Dec

1933 - Actress Cicely Tyson is born in New York, New York.

Actress Cicely Tyson is born in New York, New York.

1
Jan

1983 - Julius Erving (Dr. J.) scores his 25,000th career point.

Julius Erving scores his 25,000th career point, becoming the ninth professional basketball player to achieve this mark.

21
Dec

1988 - African-American term is coined

Jesse Jackson urges the use of the term "African-American"

22
Dec

1905 - James Amos Porter (1905-1970) was born on this date

James Amos Porter wrote the definitive book, Modern Negro Art (1943, 1969, 1992); head, Department of Art, Howard University from 1953-1970; painter... Continue →

23
Dec

1919 - Alice H Parker patents the gas heating furnace

Alice H Parker patents the gas heating furnace.

23
Dec

1867 - First Woman Millionaire

Madame C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove on this day, starts a Black hair-care business in Denver, CO; she alters curling irons that were popularized... Continue →

24
Dec

1992 - First Black Secretary of Agriculture

The position of Secretary of Agriculture was awarded to Alphonso Michael "Mike" Espy, making him the first Black to hold this position.

25
Dec

1875 - Charles Caldwell "Not Guilty"

Charles Caldwell was the first Black in the state of Mississippi to be accused of the murder of a white man and found "not guilty" by an all-white... Continue →

26
Dec

1966 - kwanzaa

Kwanzaa, originated by Dr.Maulana Karenga, is started on this date in 1966.

27
Dec

Second Day of Kwanzaa

Second Day of Kwanzaa Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)

28
Dec

1954 - Actor Denzel Washington Born on this date

Actor Denzel Washington was born on this day in Mount Vernon, NY. Washington will star in such films as "Malcolm X", "Glory", "Much Ado about... Continue →

28
Dec

Third Day of Kwanzaa

Third Day of Kwanzaa - Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)

29
Dec

1907 - Robert Weaver was born on this date

Robert Weaver, born on this day, became the first Black appointed to a presidential cabinet when President Lyndon B. Johnson named him to head the... Continue →

29
Dec

1845 - Texas Admitted as a Slave State

Texas became a slave state on this date in 1845.

30
Dec

1929 - Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority incorporated on this date

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority incorporated on this date.

1
Jan

1860 - Black Code instituted in Arkansas

On this date in 1860, a law went into effect in Arkansas which prohibited the employment of free blacks on boats and ships navigating the rivers of... Continue →

1
Jan

Kwanzaa Ends (Imani) Faith

Kwanzaa Ends (Imani) Faith

2
Jan

1991 - Sharon Pratt Dixon sworn in as Mayor of DC

Sharon Pratt Dixon was sworn in as mayor of the District of Columbia. Dixon succeeded Marion Barry who was convicted of cocaine possession in the... Continue →

2
Jan

1954 - Oprah Winfrey Born

Oprah Winfrey was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi. She went on to become a celebrated talk show hostess, actress, movie producer and business woman.

3
Jan

1997 - Bryant Gumble resigns after 15 years as host of NBC's Today Show

Bryant Gumble resigns after 15 years as host of NBC's Today Show

4
Jan

1985 - Congressman William H. Gray is elected chairman

Congressman William H. Gray is elected chairman of the House Budget Committee, the highest congressional post held by an African American.

4
Jan

1777 - Prince Hall petitions Massachusetts legislature

Prince Hall, founder of the first African American Masonic lodge petitioned the Massachusetts legislature for fund to return to Africa. The plan is... Continue →

5
Jan

1943 - George Washington Carver Day

January 5 is George Washington Carver Day in honor of the brilliant agricultural chemist who died on this day in 1943. Nicknamed "the Peanut Man" and... Continue →

6
Jan

1867 - The Peabody Fund is established

The Peabody Fund is established to provide monies for construction, endowments, scholarships, teacher, and industrial education for newly freed... Continue →

7
Jan

1986 - Howard Beach Incident

White teens in Howard Beach chased Michael Griffith, an African-American youth, onto a freeway where he was hit by a motorist. Griffith died from his... Continue →

7
Jan

1890 - W.B. Purvis patented the fountain pen

W.B. Purvis patented the fountain pen

8
Jan

1989 - Oldest Integration Law Suit Settled

The oldest integration law suit in the US was settled in 1989 when the St. Helena Parish schools were officially integrated. The suit was originally... Continue →

8
Jan

1875 - Black Man Founds the City of Centerville

Virginian George Washington, having traveled cross country in the company of foster parents and settled in Washington Territory a quarter of a... Continue →

9
Jan

1989 - Time, Inc. agrees to sell NYT Cable for $420

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

9
Jan

1914 - Fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma, founded at Howard University

Fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma, founded at Howard University, 1914. Among the founders were Langston Taylor, Leonard F. Morse and C.I. Brown. Special... Continue →

10
Jan

1957 - Southern Christian Leadership Conference founded

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference was founded in New Orleans, Louisiana by five ministers including Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph... Continue →

11
Jan

1865 - Confederacy ponders to enlist black troops

Robert E. Lee, with his armies at low tide, recommended the employment of blacks in the Confederate forces because it was "not only expedient but... Continue →

12
Jan

1971 - The Congressional Black Caucus organized

The Congressional Black Caucus organized.

13
Jan

1999 - Michael Jordan announces his second retirement from the NBA.

Michael Jordan announce his second retirement from the NBA and the most illustrious career of any professional sports figure to date.

14
Jan

1990 - Lawrence Douglas Wilder assumes title as governor

In Richmond, Virginia former Lt. Governor Lawrence Douglas Wilder took office as the first popularly elected African American governor of an American... Continue →

15
Jan

1929 - Martin Luther King Jr. Born

Martin Luther King Jr. born in Atlanta. He was first given the name of Michael Luther King Jr. The name was formally changed to Martin at a later... Continue →

16
Jan

2003 - Richard Parsons, chief executive, is tapped to be the next chairman of AOL Time

Richard Parsons, chief executive, is tapped to be the next chairman of AOL Time Warner.

17
Jan

1942 - Birthday Muhammad Ali(Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr) was born on this date

Muhammad Ali(Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr), 57 former heavyweight champion boxer. Born Lousivlle, Ky. Jan,17, 1942.

18
Jan

1981 - First Black professional hockey player

Grant Fuhr, goalie for the world champion Edmonton Oilers, is picked in the first round of the National Hockey League draft to become the first Black... Continue →

19
Jan

1969 - UCLA names building after Ralph Bunche

UCLA renames its social science buildings to honor alumnus Ralph Bunche.

20
Jan

2001 - First Black Secretary of State: Colin L. Powell

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.

20
Jan

1999 - 1st Black to argue impeachment

Cheryl Mills, White House Deputy Counsel, becomes the first Black to argue a case before a U.S. Senate impeachment hearing in the case of Pres.... Continue →

20
Jan

1920 - Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. founded

Zeta Phi Beta sorority, with the help of Phi Beta Sigma Robert Samuel Taylor, was founded at Howard University by Arizona Stemmons, Myrtle Faithful,... Continue →

21
Jan

1971 - Twelve Black congressman boycotted Richard Nixon's

Twelve Black congressman boycotted Richard Nixon's State of the Union message because of his "consistent refusal" to respond to the petitions of... Continue →

22
Jan

1981 - Samuel Pierce is named Secretary of HUD

Samuel Pierce is named Secretary of HUD in the Reagan Administration.

23
Jan

1964 - 24th Amendment

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

24
Jan

1962 - Jackie Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Jackie Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

25
Jan

1972 - Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm begins her campaign

Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm begins her campaign for President of the U.S.

26
Jan

1948 - Executive Order 9981, to end segregation in US Armed Forces is signed

Executive Order 9981, to end segregation in US Armed Forces is signed by President Harry Truman

26
Jan

1893 - First Black American woman aviator born

First Black American woman aviator, Bessie Coleman was born, 1893

27
Jan

1961 - World renowned opera singer debuts

World renowned opera singer, Leontyne Price, makes her debut at the Metropolitan Opera House

28
Jan

1989 - Darkie Tooth Paste Changed

After 62 years, the Colgate-Palmolive Co. redesigned packaging for its "Darkie" tooth paste made and sold only in Asia. The nickname for Darkie tooth... Continue →

29
Jan

1970 - Arthur Ashe, first Black male to win Wimbledon, is denied entry

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 →

30
Jan

1908 - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, founded at Howard

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, founded at Howard University in 1908, incorporated.

29
Jan

1908 - Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, founded at Cornell

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, founded at Cornell University in 1906, incorporated.

30
Jan

1965 - Leroy "Satchel" Paige, named all-time outstanding player

Leroy "Satchel" Paige, major league baseball player, named all-time outstanding player by National Baseball Congress

31
Jan

1988 - Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams Super Bowl MVP

Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams, the first African American quarterback to play in a Super Bowl game, is named MVP in Super Bowl XXII.

1
Feb

1990 - Ida Wells Postage Stamp Issued

Ida Wells, a black reformer who compiled records on lynching, is the subject of a United States Postal Service stamp.

2
Feb

1897 - Ice Cream Scooper Invented

Alfred L. Cralle invented the ice cram scooper, patent #576,395

3
Feb

1999 - Cyber-Youth Network Launch

On Wednesday, February 3rd, for the first time in history, America's urban students will have a Web site specifically designed to address their... Continue →

4
Feb

1996 - J.C. Watts becomes the first Black selected to respond to a state of the union

J.C. Watts becomes the first Black selected to respond to a state of the union address.

5
Feb

1990 - Barack Obama becomes president of Harvard Law Review

Columbia University graduate and Harvard University law student Barack Obama became the first African American named president of the Harvard Law... Continue →

6
Feb

1961 - Jail-in movement started in Rock Hill, S.C.

Jail-in movement started in Rock Hill, S.C., when students refused to pay fines and requested jail sentences. Students Nonviolent Coordinating... Continue →

7
Feb

1926 - Negro History week originated by Carter G.Woodson is observed for the first time

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 →

8
Feb

1986 - Figure Skater Debi Thomas wins Woman's Singles

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 →

9
Feb

1952 - Invisible Man wins award

Author Ralph Ellison's novel Invisible Man wins the National Book Award

9
Feb

1967 - The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect.

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 →

11
Feb

1990 - Nelson Mandela is released

Nelson Mandela's greatest pleasure, his most private moment, is watching the sun set with the music of Handel or Tchaikovsky playing. Locked up in... Continue →

12
Feb

1962 - Bus boycott started in Macon, Georgia

Bus boycott started in Macon, Georgia.

13
Feb

1973 - Wm. Desjardin patents corner cleaner attachment

Gertrude E. Downing and William Desjardin Corner Cleaner Attachment, Patent No. 3,715,772 on February 13, 1973

14
Feb

1936 - National Negro Congress organized at Chicago

National Negro Congress organized at Chicago meeting attended by 817 delegates representing more than 500 organizations. Asa Phillip Randolph of the... Continue →

15
Feb

1964 - Louis Armstrong's "Hello Dolly"

Louis Armstrong's "Hello Dolly" recording becomes his first and only number one record.

16
Feb

1970 - Joe Frazier knocks out Jimmy Ellis

Joe Frazier knocked out Jimmy Ellis in the second round of their New York fight and became the world heavyweight boxing champion.

17
Feb

1997 - Virginia retires state song

Virginia House of Delegates votes unanimously to retire the state song, "Carry me back to old Virginia", a tune which glorifies slavery.

18
Feb

1896 - H. Grenon patents razor stropping device

Grenon, H. Razor Stropping Device Feb. 18, 1896 Patent No. 554,867

19
Feb

2002 - Vonetta Flowers

Vonetta Flowers became the first black gold medalist in the history of the Winter Olympic Games. She and partner Jill Brakken won the inaugural... Continue →

20
Feb

1991 - African Americans win eight Grammys

African Americans win eight Grammys

21
Feb

1961 - Otis Boykin patents the Electrical Resistor

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 →

22
Feb

1989 - DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince win the first rap Grammy.

DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince win the first rap Grammy for the hit single "Parents Just Don't Understand."

23
Feb

1979 - Frank E. Peterson Jr. named the first Black general in the Marine Corps.

Frank E. Peterson Jr. named the first Black general in the Marine Corps.

24
Feb

1864 - First Black Woman to receive an M.D.

Rebecca Lee Crumpler becomes the first black woman to receive an M.D. degree. She graduated from the New England Female Medical College. Rebecca Lee... Continue →

25
Feb

1991 - First African American woman to die in combat in the Persian Gulf War

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

26
Feb

1964 - Cassius Clay Becomes Muhammad Ali

On this day, the Kentucky boxer known to all as Cassius Clay, changed his name to Muhammad Ali as he accepted Islam and rejected Christianity. "I... Continue →

26
Feb

1869 - Fifteenth Amendment guaranteeing the right to vote

Fifteenth Amendment guaranteeing the right to vote sent to the states for ratification.

27
Feb

1883 - Hand Stamp Patented

Walter B. Purvis patented hand stamp.

28
Feb

1932 - Automatic Gear Shift

Richard Spikes invented/patented automatic gear shift.

1
Mar

1960 - Alabama State Board of Education expelled nine

Alabama State Board of Education expelled nine Alabama State students for participating in sit-in demonstrations.

2
Mar

1962 - Wilt The Stilt Chamberlain scores 100 points on this day

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 →

3
Mar

1990 - Carole Gist

Carole Gist crowned first black Miss USA.

3
Mar

1886 - Guitar patented

Robert F. Flemming, Jr. patents a guitar.

4
Mar

1968 - Poor People's Campaign

Martin Luther King, Jr. announced plans for Poor People's Campaign in Washington. He said he would lead a massive civil disobedience campaign in the... Continue →

5
Mar

1985 - Mary McLeod Bethune commemorative stamp

The Mary McLeod Bethune commemorative stamp is issued by the U.S. Postal Service as the eighth stamp in its Black Heritage USA series.

6
Mar

1857 - The Dred Scott decision.

On March 6, 1857, the Dred Scott decision of the Supreme Court denied Blacks U.S. citizenship and denied the power of Congress to restrict slavery in... Continue →

7
Mar

1942 - First cadets graduated from Tuskegee flying school

First cadets graduated from flying school at Tuskegee.

9
Mar

1911 - Protest Against Black Firemen

White firemen of the Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific Railroad struck to protest the hiring of Black firemen.

10
Mar

1972 - First Black Political Convention

Through the 12th - three thousand delegates and five thousand observers attended the first Black political convention in Gary, Indiana. The NAACP and... Continue →

11
Mar

1956 - Segregation Denounced in public schools

Through 12th Manifesto denouncing Supreme Court ruling on segregation in public schools issued by one hundred Southern senators and representatives.

8
Mar

1825 - Alexander Thomas Augusta

Alexander Thomas Augusta, first African American faculty member of an American medical school, Howard University, is born free

12
Mar

1964 - Malcolm X resigned from the Nation of Islam

Malcolm X resigned from the Nation of Islam.

13
Mar

1957 - John Lee, becomes first black commissioned officer

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 →

14
Mar

1933 - Quincy Jones was born

Quincy Jones, Music Impresario, Born March 14, 1933 in Chicago’s South Side. He first fell in love with music when he was in elementary school. He... Continue →

14
Mar

1794 - Eli Whitney patented cotton gin

Eli Whitney patented cotton gin which made cotton king and increased demand for slave labor.

15
Mar

1933 - NAACP began a coordinated attack on segregation

NAACP began a coordinated attack on segregation and discrimination, filing a suit against the University of North Carolina on behalf of Thomas... Continue →

16
Mar

1827 - First Black newspaper, Freedom's Journal, published in New York City

First Black newspaper, Freedom's Journal, published in New York City.

17
Mar

1946 - Jackie Roosevelt Robinson's professional debut

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 →

18
Mar

George Monroe 1834-1886, Stagecoach Driver

George Monroe was on of 2 Black men who carried mail on the famous Pony express. Monroe had the honor of driving Presidents Grant and Hayes along the... Continue →

19
Mar

1968 - Students Seize college building

Howard University students seized administration building. Students were demanding campus reform and Black-oriented curriculum. Civil rights... Continue →

19
Mar

1619 - First African child born in colonies

Birthday of William Tucker, the first African child born in the colonies. Tucker was baptized in Jamestown, Virginia. There are unconfirmed reports... Continue →

20
Mar

1852 - Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin, a novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe, published in Boston.

21
Mar

1965 - Selma March begins

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. leads thousands of people on a 54 mile march from Selma to Montgomery Alabama to call for voting rights for... Continue →

22
Mar

1492 - Alonzo Pietro sets sail with Christopher Columbus

Alonzo Pietro, explorer, sets sail with Christopher Columbus.

23
Mar

1916 - Marcus Garvey arrives in US from Jamaica

Marcus Mosiah Garvey arrives in America from Jamaica.

24
Mar

2002 - Halle Berry wins Oscar

Halle Berry becomes the first black woman to win an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the movie "Monster's Ball."

25
Mar

1965 - Selma March completed

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. along with other notable civil rights leaders and thousands of supporters reach Montgomery Alabama after marching 4 days... Continue →

26
Mar

1872 - Thomas J.Martin is awarded a patent for the fire extinguisher.

Thomas J. Martin is awarded a patent for the fire extinguisher.

28
Mar

1966 - Bill Russell named head coach of the Boston Celtics.

Bill Russell named head coach of the Boston Celtics, becoming the first African American to coach an NBA team.

29
Mar

1955 - Football star Earl Campbell born

Football star Earl Campbell was born in Tyler, Texas.

30
Mar

1870 - The 15th Amendment.

On March 30, 1870, the ratification of the 15th Amendment secured voting rights for all male U.S. citizens.

31
Mar

1931 - Cab Calloway recorded "Minnie the Moocher"-the first jazz album to sell a million copies.

Cab Calloway recorded "Minnie the Moocher"-the first jazz album to sell a million copies.

1
Apr

1984 - Marvin Gaye dies

Marvin Gaye dies in his parents Los Angeles home. Marvin attacked his father for verbally abusing his mother. His father responded by shooting his... Continue →

2
Apr

1987 - Engineer Lenell Geter falsely convicted

Engineer Lenell Geter convicted falsely in armed robbery charge. His conviction, which would draw national protest, was finally overturned after... Continue →

3
Apr

1968 - I've Been To The Mountaintop

In 1968, on this date, Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his final address at Bishop Charles J. Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee.

3
Apr

1883 - H.H. Reynolds patents Ventilator for rail car

Reynolds, H. H. Window Ventilator for Railroad Cars Apr. 03, 1883 Patent No.275,271

4
Apr

1968 - Martin Luther King Jr's Death

Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated by white sniper in Memphis, Tennessee. Assassination precipitated a national crisis and rioting in more than one... Continue →

5
Apr

1976 - COINTELPRO

FBI documents, released in response to a freedom of information suit, revealed that the government mounted an intensive campaign against civil rights... Continue →

6
Apr

1909 - Matthew Henson

Matthew Henson reached the North Pole. Traveling with the Admiral Peary Expedition, Henson, with his exceptional navigational skills managed to reach... Continue →

7
Apr

1940 - The first U.S. stamp ever to honor an African American is issued

The first U.S. stamp ever to honor an African American is issued bearing the likeness of Booker T. Washington.

8
Apr

1974 - Hank Aaron Breaks Babe Ruth's Record

Henry ("Hank") Aaron broke Babe Ruth's major league baseball record, by hitting his 715th home run in a game at Atlanta stadium.

9
Apr

1866 - Civil Rights Bill Passed

Civil Rights Bill passed over the president's veto. The bill conferred citizenship on Blacks and gave them "the same right, in every State and... Continue →

11
Apr

1990 - Idaho Recognizes MLK Holiday

Idaho became the 47th state to recognize Jan. 15 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and as a national holiday.

10
Apr

1968 - Passing of Civil Rights Bill

U.S. Congress pass Civil Rights Bill banning racial discrimination in sale or rental of approximately 80 per cent of the nation's housing.

12
Apr

1989 - Sugar Ray Robinson dies

Sugar Ray Robinson, five-time winner of the world middleweight boxing championship and unbeaten welterweight champion, dies.

13
Apr

1997 - Eldrick Tiger Woods wins the 61st Masters Tournament in Augustus,Georgia.

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.

14
Apr

2002 - Tiger Woods wins Third Masters Golf 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.

15
Apr

1959 - African Freedom Day Declared

African Freedom Day is declared at the All-African People's Conference in Accra, Ghana.

16
Apr

1868 - New Constitution Banned Segregation

Louisiana voters approved new constitution and elected state officers, including the first Black lieutenant governor, Oscar J. Dunn, and the first... Continue →

17
Apr

1990 - Playwright August Wilson wins Pulitzer Prize

Playwright August Wilson won his second Pulitzer Prize for drama with the play "The Piano Lesson."

18
Apr

1983 - Alice Walker is awarded the Pulitzer Prize

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.

19
Apr

1960 - Loss of Teaching Jobs

National Education Association study revealed that Blacks had lost thirty thousand teaching jobs since 1954 in seventeen Southern and Border states... Continue →

20
Apr

1971 - Supreme Court Rules on Busing

U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that busing was a constitutionally acceptable method of integrating public schools.

21
Apr

1986 - Michael Jordan set NBA playoff scoring record

Jordan scores 63 points against Boston Celtics.

24
Apr

1944 - The United Negro College Fund founded.

On April 24, 1950, the United Negro College Fund was founded.

25
Apr

1944 - A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

In 1943, Dr. Frederick D. Patterson, president of Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University), wrote an open letter in the Pittsburgh Courier to the... Continue →

26
Apr

1898 - J.A. Joyce patents ore bucket

Joyce, J. A. Ore Bucket Apr. 26, 1898 Patent No. 603,143

27
Apr

1927 - Coretta Scott is born

Coretta Scott is born in Marion, Ala. She will marry Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1953 and be an integral part of his civil rights activities. After... Continue →

28
Apr

1967 - Muhammad Ali Loses Boxing Championship Recognition

World Boxing Association and New York State Athletic Commission withdrew recognition of Muhammad Ali as world heavyweight boxing champion because of... Continue →

30
Apr

1992 - The Cosby Show Ends

Bill Cosby's successful show of upper middle class black family life ran its final original episode after an eight season run.

1
Sep

1975 - Gen. Daniel James Jr. promoted to four-star general.

Gen. Daniel ("Chappie") James Jr. promoted to rank of four-star general and named commander-in-chief of the North American Air Defense Command.

1
Sep

1945 - R&B singer and songwriter, Donny Hathaway was born on this date

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 →

1
Sep

1875 - White Democrats attacked Republicans in Yazoo City, Mississippi.

On this date in 1875, White Democrats attacked Republicans at Yazoo City, Mississippi. One white and three Blacks were killed.

1
Sep

1867 - Robert T Freeman become first black person to graduate from Harvard Dental School

The first Black person to graduate from Harvard Dental School is Robert T Freeman on this date in 1867.

2
Sep

1975 - 1st Black Florida Supreme Court Justice sworn in on this date

Joseph W. Hatchett sworn in as first Black supreme court justice in the South (Florida) in the twentieth century.

2
Sep

1956 - Demonstrations Against School Integration

Tennessee National Guard sent to Clinton, Tennessee, to quell mobs demonstrating against school integration.

2
Sep

1945 - Blacks In Armed Services

A total of 1,154, 720 Blacks were inducted or drafted into the armed services. Official records listed 7,768 Black commissioned officers on August... Continue →

2
Sep

1945 - The Ending of World War II

Japanese surrendered on V-J Day, ending World War II.

2
Oct

1864 - Black Troops capture entrenchments

William Tecumseh Sherman occupied Atlanta. In series of battles around Chaffin's Farm in suburb of Richmond, Black troops captured entrenchments at... Continue →

2
Sep

1766 - Abolitionist, inventor, entrepreneur, James Forten was born on this date.

Abolitionist, inventor, entrepreneur, James Forten was born in Philadelphia, PA, 1766 on this date.

3
Sep

1970 - Representatives from 27 African nations meet for the first Congress of African People.

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 →

3
Sep

1919 - Lincoln Motion Picture Company releases its first feature length film.

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 →

3
Sep

1918 - Five soldiers hanged

Five soldiers hanged for alleged participation in Houston riot of 1917.

3
Sep

1895 - Charles Hamilton Houston was born on this day.

NAACP leader, Charles Hamilton Houston was born on this day.

3
Sep

1891 - John Stephens Durham names minister of Haiti

John Stephens Durham, assistant editor of the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, named minister to Haiti.

3
Sep

1891 - Cotton pickers organized union and strike on this date.

Cotton pickers organized union and staged strike for higher wages in Texas on this date in 1891.

3
Sep

1868 - Lower house of Georgia legislature rule blacks ineligible to hold office

On this date in 1868, the Lower house of Georgia legislature, ruling that Blacks were ineligible to hold office, expelled twenty-eight... Continue →

3
Sep

1865 - Freedman's Bureau ordered to stop seizing abandoned land

U.S. Army commander in South Carolina ordered Freedmen's Bureau to stop seizing abandoned land on this date in 1865.

3
Sep

1838 - Frederick Douglass Escapes slavery on this date.

On this date in 1838, Frederick Douglass, disguised as a sailor escapes from slavery

3
Sep

1783 - Richard Allen, founder of the AME Church, purchases his freedom.

On this date in 1783, Richard Allen, founder of the AME Church, purchases his freedom with his earnings as a self-employed teamster.

4
Sep

1963 - Katherine Dunham becomes the first Black choreographer for the Metropolitan Opera

On this date in 1963, Katherine Dunham (1909-2006). With the "Aida" production in 1963, Katherine Dunham becomes the first Black choreographer for... Continue →

4
Sep

1960 - Comedian and television actor, Damon Wayans was born on this date

On this date in 1960, Comedian and television actor, Damon Wayans was born.

4
Sep

1957 - Black students are banned from a Little Rock high school, by Arkansas Governor

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.

4
Sep

1949 - Paul Robeson Concert Prevented by riot

On this date in 1949, a Riot prevented Paul Robeson concert at Peekskill, New York.

4
Sep

1923 - George Washington Carver of Tuskegee Institute received the Spingarn Medal.

On this date in 1923, George Washington Carver of Tuskegee Institute received the Spingarn Medal, the NAACP's highest award, for distinguished... Continue →

4
Sep

1875 - Clinton Massacre, Clinton, Mississippi

On this date in 1875, 20 to 30 blacks were killed during the Clinton Massacre in Clinton, Mississippi.

4
Sep

1865 - Bowie State College established in Bowie, MD

On this date in 1965, Bowie State College was established in Bowie, MD

4
Sep

1848 - Inventor and engineer, Louis Latimer was born on this date.

On this date in 1848, Inventor and engineer, Louis Latimer was born.

4
Sep

1781 - Black Settlers among founders settlers who find Los Angeles, California.

On this date in 1781, Los Angeles, California, was founded by forty-four settlers of whom at least twenty-six were descendants of Africans.

5
Sep

1960 - Leopold Sedar Senghor elected President of Senegal.

On this date in 1960, Leopold Sedar Senghor, poet, politician, is elected President of Senegal.

5
Sep

1916 - Novelist Frank Yerby was born

On this date in 1916, Novelist Frank Garvin Yerby, winner of the O. Henry short story award winner, born on this date. He was the first African... Continue →

5
Sep

1895 - George Washington Murray was elected to Congress

On this date in 1895, George Washington Murray was elected to Congress by South Carolina.

5
Sep

1859 - Our Nig by Harriet Wilsons was published on this date

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 →

5
Sep

1846 - John W Cromwell was born on this date

On this date in 1846, Secretary of the American Negro Academy, John W Cromwell was born.

5
Sep

1804 - Absalom Jones ordained a priest on this date

On this date in 1804, Absalom Jones ordained a priest in the Protestant Episcopal Church.

6
Sep

1988 - Lee Roy Young becomes the first African American Texas Ranger

On this date in 1988, Lee Roy Young becomes the first African American Texas Ranger in the police force's 165 year history.

6
Sep

1978 - Rapper Foxy Brown born on this date

On this date in 1978, Rapper, Model, Actress, Inga DeCarlo Fung Marchand, better known by her stage name Foxy Brown was born.

6
Sep

1969 - Singer Macy Gray was born

On this date in 1969, Singer Macy Gray was born.

6
Sep

1967 - Walter E. Washington name "unofficial" mayor of Washington, D.C.

On this date in 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson named Walter E. Washington commissioner and "unofficial" mayor of Washington, D.C.

6
Sep

1930 - Leander Jay Shaw, Jr., was born on this date

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 →

6
Sep

1905 - Atlanta Life Insurance Company established

On this date in 1905, Atlanta Life Insurance Company established by A.F. Herndon.

6
Sep

1892 - George "Little Chocolate" Dixon defeats Jack Skelly

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 →

6
Sep

1876 - Race riot

Race riot, Charleston, South Carolina.

6
Sep

1865 - Thaddeus Stevens urges confiscation of estates of Confederate leaders

On this date in 1865, Thaddeus Stevens, powerful U.S. congressman, urged confiscation of estates of Confederate leaders and the distribution of land... Continue →

6
Sep

1848 - National Black Convention in Cleveland

On this date in 1848, the National Black Convention met in Cleveland with some seventy delegates. Frederick Douglass was elected president of the... Continue →

6
Sep

1865 - Thaddeus Stevens urged confiscation of estates of Confederate leaders

On this date in 1865, Thaddeus Stevens, a powerful U.S. congressman, urged confiscation of estates of Confederate leaders and the distribution of... Continue →

6
Sep

1848 - National Black Convention in Cleveland

On this date in 1848, the National Black Convention met in Cleveland with some seventy delegates. Frederick Douglass was elected president of the... Continue →

6
Sep

1826 - First Black of graduate college in America

On this date in 1826, John Brown Russwurm became the first Black to graduate college at Bowdoin College. This was 14 days before Edward Jones... Continue →

6
Sep

1781 - African American Jordan Freeman dies after killing Major William Montgomery

On this date in 1871, African American Jordan Freeman dies after killing Major William Montgomery in the Battle of Groton Heights

6
Sep

1968 - Independence Day - The Kingdom of Swaziland

On this date in 1968, the Kingdom of Swaziland was founded.

7
Sep

1957 - Ghana breaks colonial mold.

On this day in 1957, Ghana becomes a free self-governing nation. This country will be the first of the British Commonwealth of Nations to be... Continue →

7
Sep

1930 - Theodore Walter "Sonny" Rollins was born on this date

O this date in 1930,tenor saxophonist Theodore Walter "Sonny" Rollins, a powerful force in American jazz, was born.

7
Sep

1859 - Co-organizer of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, John Merrick was born

On this date in 1859, Co-organizer of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, John Merrick was born.

9
Sep

1800 - Zion AME Church dedicated in New York City

On this date in 1800, Zion AME Church dedicated in New York City.

8
Sep

1981 - NAACP Executive Director Roy Wilkins passes away

On this date in 1981, Roy Wilkins (80), longtime executive director of the NAACP, in New York passes away.

8
Sep

1965 - Actress Dorothy Danridge's passes away

On this date in 1965, Actress Dorothy Danridge (41) dies in Hollywood.

8
Sep

1925 - Doctor Ossian Sweet arrested

On this date in 1925, prominent Detroit Doctor Ossian Sweet, arrested on murder charges after shots were fired into a mob in front of the Sweet home... Continue →

8
Sep

1875 - Protection for Black Voters

On this date in 1875, Mississippi Governor Ames requested federal troops to protect Black voters. Attorney General Edward Pierrepont refused the... Continue →

9
Sep

1981 - Vernon E. Jordan resigns as president of the National Urban League.

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 →

9
Sep

1979 - Robert Guillaume wins an Emmy for best actor in a comedy series for Soap

On this date in 1979, Robert Guillaume wins an Emmy for best actor in a comedy series for Soap

9
Sep

1962 - Two Churches Burned

On this date in 1962, Two churches burned near Sasser, Georgia. Black leaders asked the president to stop the "Nazi-like reign of terror in southwest... Continue →

9
Sep

1957 - Nashville School Destroyed By Blast

On this date in 1957, Nashville's new Hattie Cotton Elementary School with enrollment of 1 Black and 388 whites virtually destroyed by dynamite... Continue →

9
Sep

1957 - Integration Attempt Causes An Uproar

On this date in 1957, Rev. F.L. Shuttlesworth mobbed when he attempted to enroll his daughters in "white" Birmingham school.

9
Sep

1957 - The first civil rights bill to pass Congress since reconstruction was passed

On this date in 1957, the first civil rights bill to pass Congress since reconstruction was passed by President Eisenhower, 1957

2
Sep

1946 - Singer and musician, Billy Preston was born

On this date in 1946, Singer and musician, Billy Preston was born.

9
Sep

1934 - Poet Sonia Sanchez was born

On this date in 1934, Poet Sonia Sanchez was born Wilsonia Benita Driver in Birmingham, Alabama.

9
Sep

1915 - Carter G Woodson, finds the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.

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 →

9
Sep

1908 - writer, Richard Wright, author of "Native Son" and "Black Boy" was born, 1908

On this date in 1908, Writer Richard Wright, author of "Native Son" and "Black Boy" was born.

9
Sep

1884 - John R Lynch Presides over Republican National Convention

On this date in 1884, John R Lynch Presides over Republican National Convention

9
Sep

1847 - John R Lynch was born

On this date in 1847, John R Lynch was born.

9
Sep

1817 - Death of Captain Paul Cuffe

On this date in 1817, Captain Paul Cuffe (58), entrepreneur and activist, dies in Westport, Massachusetts.

9
Sep

1823 - Alexander Lucius Twilight

On this date in 1823, Alexander Lucius Twilight, born free in Vermont, was the first African-American person known to have earned a bachelor's degree... Continue →

9
Sep

1816 - Kentucky abolitionist and founder of Berea College, John Gregg Fee was born

On this date in 1816, Kentucky abolitionist and founder of Berea College, John Gregg Fee was born.

9
Sep

1806 - Abolitionist, Sarah Mapps Douglass was born

On this date in 1806, Abolitionist Sarah Mapps Douglass was born

9
Sep

1739 - Slave rebellion, Stono, South Carolina

Early in the Morning on this date in 1739, a Slave rebellion in Stono, South Carolina, was led by a rebel named Jemmy. Early on the morning of... Continue →

10
Sep

1973 - A commemorative stamp is issued by the U.S. Postal Service to honor Henry Ossawa

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 →

10
Sep

1965 - Father Divine dies

on this day in 1965, Father Divine, born George Baker, dies in Philadelphia.

10
Sep

1962 - James H. Meredith admitted to the University of Mississippi

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 →

10
Sep

1961 - Jomo Kenyatta returns to Kenya from exile to lead his country

On this date in 1961, Jomo Kenyatta returns to Kenya from exile to lead his country.

10
Sep

1930 - Charles E. Mitchell named minister to Liberia

on this date in 1930, Charles E. Mitchell, certified public accountant and banker from West Virginia, named minister to Liberia.

10
Sep

1913 - George W. Buckner named minister to Liberia

On this date in 1913, George W. Buckner, a physician from Indiana, named minister to Liberia.

10
Sep

1916 - Cleveland Call founded

On this date in 1916, Cleveland Call established by Cleveland inventor Garrett Morgan and later merged with the Cleveland Post in 1929 to become the... Continue →

10
Sep

1913 - Lynchings

Fifty-one Blacks reported lynched in 1913.

10
Sep

1847 - John Roy Lynch was born.

On this date in 1847, John Roy Lynch, served in the 43rd, 44th, and 47th Congresses representing the State of Mississippi as a Republican, born. He... Continue →

10
Sep

1977 - Quincy Jones wins an Emmy for musical composition for the miniseries Roots.

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.

10
Sep

1974 - Haile Selassie I is deposed from the Ethiopian throne.

On this date in 1974, Haile Selassie I is deposed from the Ethiopian throne.

11
Sep

1962 - Voters Wounded trying To Register

ON this date in 1962, Two youths involved in a voter registration drive in Mississippi were wounded by shotgun blasts fired through the window of a... Continue →

11
Sep

1953 - J.H. Jackson elected president of the National Baptist Convention.

On this date in 1953, J.H. Jackson, pastor of Olivet Baptist Church, Chicago, elected president of the National Baptist Convention at Miami meeting.

1
Jan

1943 - Singer, Dancer, Actress Lola Falana born

On this date in 1943, singer,dancer, actress Lola Falana was born.

11
Sep

1923 - Charles Evers born

On this date in 1923, Charles Evers, brother of Medgar, Mayor of Fayette Miss. (elected 1969), was born

11
Sep

1885 - Moses A. Hopkins named minister of Liberia

On this date in 1885, Moses A. Hopkins, minister and educator, named minister to Liberia.

11
Sep

1851 - Blacks route a band of slave catchers

On this date in 1851, Blacks routed a band of slave catchers attempting on re-enslaving escaped slaves in Christiana, Pennsylvania. One white was... Continue →

11
Sep

1740 - An issue of the Pennsylvania Gazette reports on a Negro named Simon who reported

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 →

12
Sep

1986 - The National Council of Negro Women sponsors its first Black Family Reunion.

On this date in 1986, the National Council of Negro Women sponsors its first Black Family Reunion at the National Mall in Washington.

12
Sep

1974 - Eugene A. Marino, SSJ, is consecrated at the first African American auxiliary bishop

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 →

12
Sep

1974 - Haile Selassie deposed by military leaders

On this date in 1974, Haile Selassie deposed by military leaders after fifty-eight years as the ruling monarch of Ethiopia.

12
Sep

1956 - Black Students enter Clay, KY, elementary school

On this date in 1956, Black students entered Clay, Ky., elementary school under National Guard protection. They were barred from the school on... Continue →

12
Sep

1952 - Floyd Patterson first professional fight takes place.

On this date in 1952, Floyd Patterson's first professional fight took place. He was the first to hold the world heavyweight championship twice.

12
Sep

1947 - Jackie Robinson, named National League Rookie of the Year.

On this date in 1947, First Black baseball player in the major leagues, Jackie Robinson, named National League Rookie of the Year.

12
Sep

1935 - Sculptor Richard H. Hunt (Master of Metals) was born

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 →

12
Sep

1913 - Gold Medalist James Cleveland Owens was born

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

13
Sep

1981 - Isabel Sanford wins an Emmy award as best comedic actress

On this date in 1981, Isabel Sanford wins an Emmy award as best comedic actress for The Jeffersons

13
Sep

1972 - Johnny Ford and A.J.Cooper elected Mayors

On this date in 1972, Two Blacks, Johnny Ford of Tuskegee and A.J. Cooper of Prichard elected mayors in Alabama.

13
Sep

1971 - Troopers and Officers Killed in storming of Attica

On this date in 1971, Fifteen hundred troopers and officers stormed the Attica Prison. Thirty-two convicts and ten guards were killed. Investigation... Continue →

13
Sep

1962 - Federal State Crisis

On this date in 1962, Mississippi Governor Ross R. Barnett defied the federal government in impassioned speech on statewide radio-television hookup,... Continue →

13
Sep

1962 - Pres. Kennedy Supports Blacks

On this date in 1962, President Kennedy denounced the burning of churches in Georgia and supported voter registration drive in the South.

13
Sep

1948 - Nell Carter was born

On this date in 1948, Tony Award winning Broadway singer Nell Carter was born.

13
Sep

1886 - Philosopher and first Black Rhodes Scholar, Alain L. Locke was born

On this date in 1886, Philosopher and first Black Rhodes Scholar, Alain L. Locke was born.

13
Sep

1881 - Louis Howard Latimer patents his electric lamp with a carbon filament.

On this date in 1881, Louis Howard Latimer patents his electric lamp with a carbon filament.

13
Sep

1867 - Gen. E.R.S. Canby orders court to impanel black jurors

On this date in 1867, Gen. E.R.S. Canby ordered South Carolina courts to impanel Blacks jurors.

13
Sep

1663 - First Slave Conspiracy

On this date in 1663, the First serious slave conspiracy in colonial America. Plot of white servants and slaves in Gloucester County, Va., was... Continue →

13
Sep

1953 - Iyanla Vanzant was born today

On this date in 1953, Iyanla Vanzant was born today

13
Sep

1964 - Tavis Smiley was born

On this date in 1964, Tavis Smiley was born.

13
Sep

1967 - Track star Michael Johnson was born.

On this date in 1967, Track star Michael Johnson was born today

13
Sep

1947 - Geronimo Pratt was born

On this date in 1947, Geronimo Pratt was born today

14
Sep

1940 - Blacks were allowed to enter all branches of the US Military Service

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 →

14
Sep

1874 - Rebellion Collapsed/People Killed in the Struggles

On this date in 1874, White Democrats seized statehouse in Louisiana coup d'etat. President Grant ordered the revolutionaries to disperse, and the... Continue →

15
Sep

1987 - Boxer Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns wins title in five different weight classes

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.

15
Sep

1978 - Muhammad Ali wins heavyweight title for third time

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 →

15
Sep

1969 - Large-scale racial disorders reported in Hartford, Connecticut

On this date in 1969, Large-scale racial disorders were reported in Hartford, Connecticut. Five hundred were arrested and scores were injured.

15
Sep

1964 - First Black Elected Officials in Alabama in twentieth century.

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 →

15
Sep

1963 - Church Bombing in Birmingham

On this date in 1963, Four Black girls killed in bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.

15
Sep

1945 - Jessye Norman: Opera singer is born

ON this date in 1945, Jessye Norman, one the worlds most respected opera singers was born. Jessye was known for her stage presence, vocal range, and... Continue →

15
Sep

1943 - Actor and activist, Paul Robeson, portrays Othello for the 296th time at New York

ON this date in 1943, Actor and activist, Paul Robeson, portrays Othello for the 296th time at New York City's Shubert Theater.

15
Sep

1923 - KKK activities effects Oklahoma

On this date in 1923, Governor said Oklahoma was in a "state of Virtual rebellion and insurrection" because of KKK activities. Martial Law was... Continue →

15
Sep

1898 - National Afro-American Council was founded

On this date in 1898, the National Afro-American Council was founded in Rochester, New York. Bishop Alexander Walters of the AME Zion Church was... Continue →

15
Sep

1895 - Chiropractic is launched

On this date in 1895, D.D.Palmer the founder of Chiropractic adjusted Harvey Lillard an African America in Davenport Iowa. Mr. Lilllard was deaf and... Continue →

15
Sep

1889 - Poet Claude McKay was born on this day.

On this date in 1889, Claude McKay was born.

15
Sep

1876 - White terrorists attacked Republicans

On this date in 1876, White terrorists attacked Republicans in Ellenton, South Carolina. Two whites and thirty-nine Blacks were killed.

15
Sep

1852 - Inventor Jan E. Matzeliger born

On this date in 1852, Inventor Jan E. Matzeliger was born in Dutch Guyana and immigrated to the US in 1878. He patented a shoe lasting machine in... Continue →

15
Sep

1830 - Philadelphia held the First National Negro Convention.

On this date in 1830, Philadelphia held the First National Negro Convention.

15
Sep

1791 - Early Sermon for Abolition

On this date in 1791, Jonathan Edwards Jr. (1745-1801) preached a strong anti-slavery sermon before "the Connecticut Society for the Promotion of... Continue →

16
Sep

1989 - Debbye Turner is crowned Miss America.

On this dated in 1989, Debbye Turner is crowned Miss America. She is the third African American to win the crown since the inception of the pageant... Continue →

16
Sep

1971 - Six Klansmen arrested in connection with bombing

On this date in 1971, Six Klansmen arrested in connection with the bombing of ten school buses in Pontiac, Michigan.

16
Sep

1937 - Negro Baseball League player, Orlando Cepeda was born.

ON this date in 1937, Negro Baseball League player, Orlando Cepeda was born.

16
Sep

1933 - Emperor Jones, starring Paul Robeson as Brutus Jones is released by United Artists

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 →

16
Sep

1928 - Storm of 28

ON this date in 1928, more than 3000 African Americans died when Lake Okeechobee flooded Western Palm Beach County, Florida, with a 10-15 foot tidal... Continue →

16
Sep

1925 - Blues Singer Ripley B.B. King born

On this date in 1925, blues singer Ripley "B.B." King was born in Itta Benna, Mississipi.

16
Sep

1921 - Singer Jon Hendricks, born

On this date in 1921, Singer Jon Hendricks, was born.

12
Jun

1904 - Negro Baseball League player, William Hendrick "Bill" Foster was born.

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 →

16
Sep

1889 - Associate Negro Press founder Claude A. Barnett was born

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 →

16
Sep

1848 - The French abolish slavery in all there territories.

On this dated in 1848, the French abolish slavery in all there territories.

17
Sep

1991 - Ground is broken for the Harold Washington wing of the DuSable Museum in Chicago

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 →

17
Sep

1983 - Vanessa Williams crowned Miss America

On this date in 1983, Vanessa Williams crowned Miss America. Vanessa Williams was the 1st African American Miss America to be crowned.

17
Sep

1973 - Illinois becomes the first state to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday

On this date in 1973,Illinois becomes the first state to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as a holiday.

17
Sep

1970 - The Flip Wilson Show premieres on NBC.

On this date in 1970, The Flip Wilson Show premieres on NBC. It is the first prime time variety show starring an African American male since the Nat... Continue →

17
Sep

1968 - Julia premieres on NBC with Diahann Carroll in the title role.

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 →

17
Sep

1962 - Fourth Black Church Burned

On this date in 1962, Fourth Black church burned near Dawson, Georgia. Three white men later admitted burning the church. They were sentenced to... Continue →

17
Sep

1861 - First day of school for freedmen

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.

17
Sep

1861 - Hampton Institute was founded.

ON this date in 1861, Hampton Institute was founded.

18
Sep

1990 - Atlanta, Ga., is selected as the site of the XXV Olympiad Summer Games.

On this date in 1990, Atlanta, Ga., led by Mayor Maynard H. Jackson, is selected as the site of the XXV Olympiad Summer Games.

18
Sep

1980 - Cosmonaut Arnold Tamayo, becomes the first black sent on a mission in space

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 →

18
Sep

1970 - Jimi Hendrix dies

On this date in 1970, Rocker Jimi Hendrix dies at 27.

18
Sep

1948 - Ralph J. Bunche confirmed as acting UN mediator in Palestine

On this dated in 1948, Ralph J. Bunche confirmed by United Nations Security Council as acting UN mediator in Palestine.

18
Sep

1945 - White Students Support For Segregation

On this date in 1945, One thousand white students walked out of three, Gary, Ind. schools to protest integration. There were similar disturbances in... Continue →

18
Sep

1919 - Fritz Pollard becomes the first black to play Professional football

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 →

18
Sep

1895 - Atlanta Exposition Address

On this date in 1895, Booker T. Washington delivers the Atlanta Exposition Address at a business convention. Due to his view points, many dubbed his... Continue →

18
Sep

1850 - As part of the Compromise of 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Law

On this date in 1850, as part of the Compromise of 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Law.

19
Sep

1989 - Gordon Parks' film The Learning Tree is registered in the National Film Registry

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 →

19
Sep

1981 - Protest Against Reagan Administration

On this date in 1981, more than 300,000 demonstrators from labor and civil rights organizations protested the social policies of the Reagan... Continue →

19
Sep

1956 - First International Conference

On this date in 1956, theFirst international conference of Black writes and artists met at the Sorbonne in Paris.

19
Sep

1941 - Otis Redding, singer born

On this date in 1941, Singer Otis Redding born in Dawson, GA

19
Sep

1931 - Singer Brook Benton born

On this date in 1931, Brook Benton, holder of 16 gold records including "A Rainy Night in Georgia", was born

19
Sep

1881 - Booker T. Washington opens Tuskegee Institute in Alabama

On this date in 1881, Booker T. Washington opens Tuskegee Institute in Alabama

19
Sep

1868 - White Democrats attacked demonstrators

On this date in 1868, White Democrats attacked demonstrators, who were marching from Albany to Camilla, Ga., and killed nine Blacks. Several whites... Continue →

19
Sep

1865 - Atlanta University was founded

On this date in 1865, Atlanta University was founded.

20
Sep

1984 - The Cosby Show premieres on NBC.

On this date in 1984, The Cosby Show premieres on NBC.

20
Sep

1962 - James H. Meredith Denied Admission to University

On this date in 1962, Governor Barnett personally denied James H. Meredith admission to the University of Mississippi.

20
Sep

1958 - Martin Luther King Jr. stabbed in chest

On this date in 1958, Martin Luther King Jr. stabbed in chest by a deranged Black woman while he was autographing books in a Harlem department store.... Continue →

20
Sep

1885 - Pianist Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton was born

On this date in 1885, Pianist Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

20
Sep

1847 - William A. Leidesdorf elected to San Francisco town council

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 →

20
Sep

1830 - First Negro Convention of Free Men agree to start there boycott

On this date in 1830, the First Negro Convention of Free Men agreed to start their boycott on slave-produced goods.

20
Sep

1830 - First National Black Convention Meets

On this date in 1830, the First National Black convention met at Philadelphia's Bethel AME church and elected Richard Allen president. Thirty-eight... Continue →

20
Sep

1664 - Anti-Amalgamation Law passed in Maryland

On this date in 1664, Maryland enacted first anti-amalgamation law to prevent widespread intermarriage of English women and Black men. Other colonies... Continue →

21
Sep

1989 - General Colin Powell named Chairman of the Joint Chiefs

On this date in 1989, General Colin Powell named Chairman of the joint Chiefs of Staff.

21
Sep

1966 - National Guard mobilized to stop rioting in Dayton, Ohio.

On this date in 1966, National Guard mobilized to stop rioting in Dayton, Ohio.

21
Sep

1961 - Sit-in movement effects twenty states

On this date in 1961, Southern Regional Council announced that Sit-in movement had effected twenty states and more than one hundred cities in... Continue →

21
Sep

1947 - Archbishop Joseph E. Ritter

On this date in 1947, Archbishop Joseph E. Ritter said he would excommunicate St. Louis Catholics who continued to protest integration of parochial... Continue →

21
Sep

1872 - 1st Black Student At Annapolis Naval Academy

On this date in 1872, John Henry Conyers of South Carolina became the first Black student at Annapolis Naval Academy. He later resigned.

21
Sep

1832 - Maria Stewart addresses the New England Anti-Slavery Society

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 →

21
Sep

1814 - Blacks fight in the battles of 1812

On this date in 1814, Blacks fight in the land and water battles of the War of 1812. A large number of Black sailors fought with Matthew Perry and... Continue →

21
Sep

1814 - Andrew Jackson issues Proclamation

On this date in 1814, Andrew Jackson issued Proclamation at Mobile, Ala., urging free Blacks "to rally around the standard of the eagle" in the War... Continue →

22
Sep

1961 - Interstate Commerce Commission issues regulations prohibiting segregation

On this date in 1961, Interstate Commerce Commission issued regulation prohibiting segregation on interstate buses and in terminal facilities.

22
Sep

1960 - Mali proclaimed independent

On this date in 1960, Mali proclaimed independent.

22
Sep

1954 - Actress Shari Belafonte born

On this date in 1954, actress Shari Belafonte, daughter of singer Harry Belafonte, born in New York City.

22
Sep

1905 - Race Riot in Atlanta

On this date in 1905, a race riot in Atlanta occurred and ten Blacks and two whites killed. Martial law proclaimed.

22
Sep

1868 - Race riot in New Orleans

On this date in 1868, a Race riot occurred in New Orleans.

22
Sep

1863 - Mary Church Terrell was born

On this dated in 1863, the First Black person to Serve on the DC board of education, Mary Church Terrell was born.

22
Sep

1862 - President Lincoln's Promise

On this date in 1862, President Lincoln, in preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, warned South that he would free slaves in all states in rebellion... Continue →

23
Sep

1961 - Thurgood Marshall named to U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

On this date in 1951, President Kennedy named Thurgood Marshall to U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

23
Sep

1954 - Playwright George C. Wolfe was born

On this date in 1954, Playwright George C. Wolfe was born

23
Sep

1930 - Singer Ray Charles was born

On this date in 1930, Blind composer, singer and musician Ray Charles Robinson born in Albany, Georgia.

23
Sep

1926 - Jazz musician, John Coltrane was born.

ON this date in 1926, Innovative and famed jazz musician, John Coltrane was born.

23
Sep

1884 - Judy W. Reed patents dough kneader and roller

On this dated in 1884, Judy W. Reed patents dough kneader and roller, Patent No. 305,474

23
Sep

1863 - Mary Church Terrell was born

On this dated in 1863, Mary Church Terrell was born.

24
Sep

1986 - Japanese Prime Minister Insults Blacks

On this date in 1986, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone said the United States "intelligence levels are lower than those in Japan because of... Continue →

24
Sep

1977 - John T. Walker installed as the first Black bishop of the Episcopal diocese of Washington

On this date in 1977, John T. Walker installed as the first Black bishop of the Episcopal diocese of Washington.

24
Sep

1962 -University of Mississippi ordered to admit James Meredith's

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 →

24
Sep

1957 - President Eisenhower ordered federal troops

On this date in 1957, President Eisenhower ordered federal troops to Little Rock, Ark., to prevent interference with school integration at Central... Continue →

24
Sep

1957 - Black Students Escorted To School

On this date in 1957, Soldiers of 101st Airborne Division escorted nine Black students to Central High school.

24
Sep

1954 - Designer Patrick Kelly was born

On this date in 1954, Patrick Kelly, first and only American fashion designer admitted to an exclusive organization of French fashion designers, was... Continue →

24
Sep

1953 - Take a Giant Step opens on Broadway

On this dated in 1953, Take a Giant Step, drama by playwright Louis Peterson, opened on Broadway.

24
Sep

1935 - Joe Louis draws million dollar gate

On this date in 1935, World Heavyweight Champion, Joe Louis, becomes the first Black boxer to draw a million dollar gate. 88,000 fans paid out... Continue →

24
Sep

1931 - Cardiss Robertson Collins was born

On this dated in 1931, Representative Cardiss Robertson Collins, elected the U.S. House of Representatives was born

24
Sep

1894 - Sociologist and author Edward Franklin Frazier 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 →

24
Sep

1883 - National Black convention met in Louisville, Kentucky

On this date in 1883, National Black convention met in Louisville, Kentucky.

24
Sep

1825 - Author Frances Watkins Harper was born

On this date in 1825, Author Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was born. In 1859, she became the first black woman to publish a short story. Her only... Continue →

25
Sep

1991 - Blood of Jesus added to the Library of Congress's National Film Registry

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 →

25
Sep

1962 - Black Church Destroyed

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.

25
Sep

1962 - Meredith again denied admission to University

On this date in 1962, Governor Barnett again defied court orders and personally denied Meredith admission to the University.

25
Sep

1962 - Sonny Liston knocks out Floyd Patterson

On this date in 1962, Sonny Liston knocks out Floyd Patterson in the first round to become the world heavyweight boxing champion

25
Sep

1886 - Peter "The Black Prince" Jackson wins Australian heavyweight title

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 →

25
Sep

1861 - The Secretary of the Navy authorizes the enlistment of African Americans

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 →

26
Sep

1968 - The Studio Museum of Harlem opens in NYC

On this date in 1968, The Studio Museum of Harlem opens in NYC

26
Sep

1962 - Mississippi Barred Meredith For The Third Time

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 →

26
Sep

1962 - A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., becomes the first African American member of the FTC

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 →

26
Sep

1957 - Riot Duty ordered

On this date in 1957, an order alerting regular army units for possible riot duty in other Southern cities canceled by Army Secretary Wilbur M.... Continue →

26
Sep

1937 - Singer Bessie Smith Died

On this date in 1937, Singer Bessie Smith dies of injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Clarksdale, Mississippi.

26
Sep

1929 - Biochemist Ida Stephens Owens was born

On this dated in 1929, Biochemist Ida Stephens Owens was born. Owens received a PhD. in Biology-Physiology from Duke University in 1967. At the... Continue →

26
Sep

1907 - The People's Savings Bank is incorporated in Philadelphia

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 →

26
Sep

1899 - Musician William Levi Dawson was born

On this date in 1899, William Levi Dawson, composer and arranger of music, was born in Anniston, Alabama. Among his songs are, "I Couldn't Hear... Continue →

26
Sep

1867 - Business and civic leader, Maggie L Walker was born

On this dated in 1867, Business and civic leader, Maggie L Walker was born.

27
Sep

1967 - Washington D.C.'s Anacostia Museum opens

On this date in 1967, Washington D.C.'s Anacostia Museum dedicated to informing the community of contributions by African Americans to U.S.... Continue →

27
Sep

1966 - National Guard mobilized in SanFrancisco

On this date in 1966, the National Guard was mobilizing in San Francisco.

27
Sep

1950 - Ezzard Charles defeated Joe Louis

On this date in 1950, Ezzard Charles defeated Joe Louis in heavyweight championship fight in New York City.

5
May

1950 - Gwendolyn Brooks awarded Pulitzer Prize

On this date in 1950, Gwendolyn Brooks awarded Pulitzer Prize (May 1) for her book of poetry, Annie Allen. She was the first Black cited by the... Continue →

10
Dec

1950 - Ralph J. Bunche awarded Nobel Peace Prize.

On this date in 1950, Ralph J. Bunche, director of the UN Trusteeship division and former professor of political science at Howard University,... Continue →

27
Sep

1950 - Charles H. Houston

On this date in 1950, Charles H. Houston awarded the Spingarn Medal posthumously for his pioneering work in developing the NAACP legal campaign.

27
Sep

1944 - Artist Stephanie Pogue born

ON this date in 1944, Artist Stephanie Pogue was born

27
Sep

1940 - Black Leaders Protested Discrimination

On this date in 1940, Black leaders protested discrimination in the armed forces and war industries at a White House meeting with President Roosevelt.

27
Sep

1934 - Actor Greg Morris was born

On this date in 1934, Actor Greg Morris was born.

27
Sep

1915 - Xavier University, opens in New Orleans

On this date in 1915, Xavier University, the first Black Catholic college in the US, opens in New Orleans.

27
Sep

1912 - The first blues song, WC Handy publishes Memphis Blues.

On this date in 1912, The first blues song, William Christopher Handy publishes Memphis Blues, 1912

27
Sep

1877 - John Mercer Langston named Minister of Haiti

On this date in 1877, John Mercer Langston named minister of Haiti.

27
Sep

1876 - Edward Mitchell Bannister wins a bronze medal

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 →

27
Sep

1875 - Branch Normal College opens in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

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 →

27
Sep

1867 - Louisiana Voters Endorsed Constitutional convention.

On this date in 1867, Louisiana voters endorsed constitutional convention and elected delegates in first election under Reconstruction acts. The vote... Continue →

27
Sep

1862 - First Black Army Regiment receives official recognition

On this date in 1862, First Louisiana Native Guards, the first Black regiment to receive official recognition, mustered into army. Regiment was... Continue →

27
Sep

1827 - Senator Hiram Rhodes Revels was born.

On this date in 1827, Hiram R. Revels, first Black U.S. senator, was born free in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

28
Sep

1986 - The First Black Psychic!

On this date in 1986, Shirley Ajayi was the first African American given a part on a television show as a psychic! The show lasted for about one... Continue →

28
Sep

1961 - "Purlie Victorious" opens on Broadway

On this date in 1961, Purlie Victorious, a farce by playwright Ossie Davis, opened on Broadway. This stage play was written by and stars Ossie Davis... Continue →

18
Feb

1965 - Stan Bernard Interviews Malcom X at Barnard College

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 →

16
Feb

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 →

15
Feb

1965- Malcolm X delivers "There is a World Wide Revolution Going Speech."

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 →

9
Nov

1978 - Musician Sisqo was born.

On this date in 1978, Musician Mark Althavean Andrews, better known by his stage name Sisqó, was born. Sisqo is an American R&B singer, songwriter,... Continue →

9
Nov

1731 - Inventor Benajamin Banneker was born.

On this date in 1731, Almanac author, astronomer, surveyor, naturalist, farmer, and inventor of the first clock in America Benjamin Banneker was born... Continue →

9
Nov

1964 - Zoologist Roger Arliner Young died.

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.

9
Nov

1970 - Politician William Levi Dawson died.

On this date in 1970, politician William Levi Dawson, who represented Chicago, Illinois for more than 27 years in the United States House of... Continue →

9
Nov

1956 - Opera Singer Mattiwilda Dobbs sings romantic lead.

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 →

9
Nov

1868 - Medical School at Howard University Opens

On this date in 1868, Howard University opened their medical school with eight students and five faculty members. Among the eight students, seven... Continue →

4
Nov

1868 - Governor Powell Clayton declares martial law.

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 →

9
Nov

1922 - Actress Dorothy Dandridge was born

on this date in 1922, American film and theater actress, singer and dancer Dorthy Dandridge was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Dorothy Dandridge was the... Continue →

10
Nov

1961 - Andrew T. Hatcher named associate press secretary to President John F. Kennedy

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 →

10
Nov

1958 - Sam Cooke, Bobby Womack and Lou Rawls injured in car accident

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 →

10
Nov

1831 - Nat Turner Confesses

On this date in 1831 shortly after being captured, Nat Turner was interviewed in jail by Baltimore lawyer, Thomas R. Gray. Turner gave in detail the... Continue →

20
Nov

1962 - President Kennedy issues Executive Order 11063 barring racial descrimination

On this date in 1962, President John F. Kennedy issues Executive Order 11063, which mandates an end to discrimination in housing. Executive Order... Continue →

20
Nov

1962- Robert C. Weaver awarded Spingarn Medal

On this date in 1962, Economist and Government Official Robert C. Weaver,one of the least known of the civil rights pioneers, was awarded Spingarn... Continue →

20
Nov

1938 - Morgan State College is established in Baltimore Maryland.

ON this date in 1938, Morgan State College was established. Morgan State University is a historically black college in Baltimore, Maryland, United... Continue →

20
Nov

1923 - Garret T. Morgan patents the traffic signal.

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 →

20
Nov

1922-Louisiana Governor conferred with President on KKK.

On this date in 1922, 1922 Louisiana governor conferred with president on KKK violence in his state.

20
Nov

1922 - Mary B. Talbert awarded Spingarn Medal

On this date in 1922, Mary B. Talbert, former president of the National Association of Colored Women (NAACP), for service to Black women and for... Continue →

20
Nov

1865 - Colored Peoples Convention held in Zion Church

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 →

20
Nov

1866 - Howard University was Founded

On this date in 1866, 10 members of the First Congregational Society of Washington, D.C., gathered for a missionary meeting. They decided to... Continue →

1
Jan

1997 - Kofi Annan becomes first Black Secretary General of United Nations

On this date in 1997, Kofi Annan of Ghana becomes first black secretary of United Nations.

1
Jan

1960 - Cameroon becomes Independent

On this date in 1960, Cameroon gains independence

1
Jan

1956 - Sudan proclaimed independent

On this date in 1956, Sudan proclaimed independent.

1
Jan

1808 - The African Benevolent Society for Education was founded.

On this date in 1808, the African Benevolent Society for Education was founded.

1
Jan

1808 - The importation of African slaves prohibited.

On this date in 1808, the federal law prohibiting the importation of African slaves went into effect.

1
Jun

1973 - WGPR becomes the 1ST television station owned by African Americans

On this date in 1973 - WGPR is given a permit and becomes the 1ST television station owned by African Americans.

1
Jun

1966 - Civil Rights Conference

On this date in 1966 approximately 2,400 persons attended White House Conference on Civil Rights.

1
Jun

1921 - Race riot in Tulsa, Oklahom

On this date in 1921 - a race riot occurred in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A white mob started the Tulsa race riot, attacking residents and businesses of the... Continue →

1
Jun

1868 - Texas constitutional convention

On this date in 1868 a constitutional convention convened in Austin. The ninety delegates consisted of eighty whites and ten blacks.

1
Jun

1864 - Solomon George Washington Dill killed

On this date in 1864, Solomon George Washington Dill, poor white ally of Black Republicans was assassinated in his home by white terrorists. Dill had... Continue →

1
Jun

1864 - Florida General Assembly in Tallahassee

On this date in 1864, the Florida General Assembly (nineteen Blacks, fifty-seven whites) met in Tallahassee.

2
Jun

1967 - Race riot in Roxbury, Massachusetts

On this date in 1967 - A Race riot in the Roxbury section of Boston, Massachusetts. Roxbury was a predominantly Black section of the city, which was... Continue →

2
Jun

1943 - 99th Squadron flies first combat mission over Italy

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 →

2
Jun

1899 - Black Americans observed day of fasting to protest lychings

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 →

2
Jun

1875 - Bishop James Augustine Healy born

On this day in 1875, James Augustine Healy, the first African American Roman Catholic Bishop, born in Macon, Georgia.

2
Jun

1868 - John Hope was born on this day.

On this day 1868 - John Hope was born on this day in Augusta, Georgia. John Hope was an African American educator and political activist, the first... Continue →

2
Jun

1854 - Fugitive Slave Anthony Burns returned to the South

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 →

2
Jun

1834 - Fifth national Black convention met in New York

On this date in 1834, the Fifth National Black convention met in New York with 50 delegates from eight states.

3
Jun

1942 - Singer Curtis Mayfield was born

On this day in 1942, Curtis Mayfield was born in Chicago, Illinois, where he quickly absorbed the music of that area, which consisted of the local... Continue →

3
Jun

1919 - Liberty Life Insurance Company Incorporated (Chicago)

On this day in 1919, Liberty Life Insurance Company (Chicago), the first old-line legal reserve company organized by Blacks in the North,... Continue →

3
Jun

1906 - Entertainer Josephine Baker born

On this day in 1906, Entertainer Josephine Baker was born. At the age of sixteen, she starred in the musical Shuffle Along. Her vibrant and humorous... Continue →

3
Jun

1904 - Charles R. Drew was born.

On this day in 1904, Charles R. Drew was born.

3
Jun

1877 - Roland Hayes was born

On this day in 1877, Roland Hayes, the first African American to give a recital in Boston's Symphony Hall, was born.

3
Jun

1871 - Miles Vandehurst Lynk was born

ON this date in 1871, Miles Vandehurst Lynk, founder of the first African American medical journal and organizer of the National Medical Association,... Continue →

3
Jun

1854 - Fugitive slave Anthony Burns arrested in Boston

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 →

3
Jun

1833 - Fourth National Black convention met

On this day in 1833, Fourth national Black convention met in Philadelphia with sixty-two delegates from eight states. Abraham D. Shadd of... Continue →

4
Jun

1989 - Four African Americans win Tony Awards

On this day in 1989, Four African Americans win Tony Awards for Black and Blue

4
Jun

1973 - Death of Writer and Educator Arna Bontemps

On this day in 1973, Arna Bontemps (72), writer and educator, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee.

4
Jun

1972 - Angela Davis acquitted by white jury in San Jose

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.

4
Jun

1946 - Mississippi Valley State University

On this day in 1946, Mississippi Valley State University was founded in Itta Bena, Mississippi.

4
Jun

1922 - Samuel L. Gravely was born

On this day in 1922, Samuel L. Gravely was born. Samuel Gravely was appointed captain of the Navy Destroyer Escort, U.S.S. Falgout, the first African... Continue →

4
Jun

1832 - Third National Black convention met

On this day in 1832, the Third National Black convention met in Philadelphia with twenty-nine delegates from eight states. Henry Sipkins of New York... Continue →

5
Jun

1973 - Cardiss R. Collins elected to Congress

On this day in 1973, Cardiss R. Collins of Chicago was elected to Congress. She succeeded her late husband.

5
Jun

1969 - Race riot in Connecticut

On this date in 1969, there a Race riot occurred in Hartford, Connecticut.

5
Jun

1955 - Martin Luther King Jr. is awarded his doctorate

On this day in 1955, Martin Luther King Jr. is awarded his doctorate from Boston University.

5
Jun

1950 - The Supreme Court weakened segregation

ON this date in 1950, U.S. Supreme Court undermined the legal foundations of segregation in three landmark cases, Sweatt v. Painter, McLaurin v.... Continue →

5
Jun

1945 - Track star John Carlos born

On this day 1945, Olympic track and field star John Carlos born in New York City. John Carlos would become famous at the 1968 Olympic Summer Games... Continue →

5
Jun

1940 - The American Negro Theater organized

On this day in 1940, the American Negro Theater was organized by Frederick O'Neal and Abram Hill.

5
Jun

1894 - G.W. Murray patents fertilizer distributor

On this day in 1894, G.W. Murray patents Fertilizer Distributor Patent No. 520,889

5
Jun

1894 - G.W. Murray patents cotton chopper

On this day in 1894, G.W. Murray patents Cotton Chopper, Patent No. 520,888.

5
Jun

1894 - G.W. Murray patents Planter

On thus day in 1894, G.W. Murray patents Planter, Patent No. 520,887

5
Jun

1872 - Republican National Convention met in Philadelphia

On this day in 1872, the Republican National Convention met in Philadelphia with substantial Black representation from Southern States. For the first... Continue →

5
Jun

1783 - Oliver Cromwell receives honorable discharge and the Badge of Merit

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 →

6
Jun

1977 - Joseph Lawson Howze installed as bishop

On this day in 1977, Joseph Lawson Howze installed as bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Biloxi, Mississippi.

6
Jun

1966 - Marches for the right to vote

On this day in 1966, James Meredith wounded by white sniper as he walked along U.S. Highway 51 near Hernando, Mississippi, on second day of 220-mile... Continue →

6
Jun

1950 - Lt. Gen. Frank E. Petersen.

On this day in 1950, Frank Petersen enlisted in the Navy. At the age of 20, he was the first Afro-American to be named a naval aviator in the Marine... Continue →

6
Jun

1939 - Marian Wright Edelman was born on this day

On this day in 1939, Children's Advocate Marian Wright Edelman was born.

6
Jun

1869 - Dillard University chartered in New Orleans, Louisiana.

On this day in 1869, Dillard University chartered in New Orleans, Louisiana.

6
Jun

1863 - The Battle of Milken's Bend

On this day in 1863, at the Battle of Milken's Bend a Negro soldier takes his former master prisoner.

6
Jun

1831 - Second national Black convention met

On this day in 1831, the Second National Black convention met in Philadelphia. There were fifteen delegates from five states.

6
Jun

1790 - Jean Baptist Pointe Desable founds Chicago

On this day in 1790, Jean Baptist Pointe Desable, a French speaking Santo Domingo native, becomes the first permanent resident and thus founder of... Continue →

7
Jun

1987 - Lloyd Richards wins a Tony

On this day in 1987, Lloyd Richards wins a Tony as best director for the August Wilson play Fences. The play also wins Tony's for best play, best... Continue →

7
Jun

1958 - Singer Prince born

On this date in 1958, Composer, musician and singer Prince Rogers Nelson born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

7
Jun

1943 - Poet Nikki Giovanni Born

On this day in 1943, Born Yolande Cornelia Giovanni, Jr. on June 7, 1943 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Nikki Giovanni became a leading poet of the Black... Continue →

7
Jun

1917 - Poet Gwendolyn Brooks born

On this date in 1917, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas.

7
Jun

1868 - Marie Laveau, the "Queen of the Voodoo" dethroned.

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 →

7
Jun

1863 - Battle at Milliken's Bend

On this day in 1863, Three regiments and small detachment of white troops repulsed division of Texans in hand-to-hand battle at Milliken's Bend,... Continue →

8
Jun

1968 - M.L.K. Assassin Captured

On this day in 1968, James Earl Ray, alleged assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., captured at London airport.

8
Jun

1953 - Martin Luther King Jr. Marries

On this day in 1953, King, Sr., performs the marriage ceremony of King, Jr., and Coretta Scott at the Scott home near Marion, Alabama.

9
Jun

1989 - Congressman John Conyers calls for Reparations study

On this day in 1989, Congressman John Conyers D-Michigan announced a call for a reparations study.

9
Jun

1929 - Singer Johnny Ace born

On this day in 1939, R&B singer Johnny Ace was born John Marshall Alexander, Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee. His major hits include "My Song" and... Continue →

10
Jun

1964 - U.S. Senate imposed cloture for first time

On this day in 1964, the U.S. Senate imposed cloture for first time on a civil rights measure, ending Southern Filibuster by a vote of 71-29. Civil... Continue →

10
Jun

1941 - Death of Marcus Garvey

On this day in 1941, Marcus Garvey (52) died in London, England.

10
Jun

1910 - Rhythm & blues singer Howlin' Wolf is born.

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 →

10
Jun

1899 - Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks founded

On this day in 1899, the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks founded in Cincinnati.

10
Jun

1854 - James Augustine Healy ordains a priest

On this day in 1854, James Augustine Healy, first Black American Roman Catholic bishop, ordained a priest in Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.

11
Jun

1967 - Race riot in Tampa Florida

On this day in 1967, there was a Race riot in Tampa, Florida. The National Guard was mobilized.

11
Jun

1963 - Vivian Malone and James Hood, register at the University of Alabama

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 →

11
Jun

1963 - Segregation is morally wrong said Kennedy

On this day in 1963, President Kennedy told nation in radio-TV address that segregation was morally wrong and that it was "time to act in the... Continue →

11
Jun

1920 - Singer Hazel Scott, was born

On this day in 1920, Singer Hazel Scott was born

12
Jun

1991 - Michael Jordan leads Chicago to 1st NBA Title

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.

12
Jun

1967 - Virginia's inter-racial marriage deemed unconstitutional

On this day in 1967, U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Virginia law banning inter-racial marriage was unconstitutional.

12
Jun

1967 - Race riot in Cincinnati, Ohio

On this day in 1967, a Race riot occurred in Cincinnati, Ohio. Three hundred persons were arrested, and the National Guard was mobilized.

12
Jun

1963 - Demonstrations for housing, school and jobs

On this day in 1963, Civil rights groups demonstrated at Harlem construction sites to Protest discrimination in building trades unions.... Continue →

12
Jun

1886 - Ex-slave Amanda Eubanks left millions in will

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 →

12
Jun

1876 - The first known monument erected by African Americans in Philadelphia's Fairmont park

The first known monument erected by African Americans to honor one of our heroes is dedicated to Richard Allen in Philadelphia's Fairmont park.

12
Jun

1840 - The World's Anti-Slavery Convention

On this day in 1840, the World's Anti-Slavery Convention convenes in London, England.

13
Jun

1990 - Bernadette Locke becomes the first female on-court coach

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 →

13
Jun

1937 - Eleanor Holmes born

On this day in 1937, Eleanor Holmes (later Eleanor Norton) is born in Washington, DC. A graduate of the Yale University School of Law, Norton will... Continue →

13
Jun

1910 - William D. Crum appointed minister to Liberia

On this day in 1910, William D. Crum (1859-1912), a South Carolina physician, appointed minister to Liberia.

13
Jun

1868 - Ex-slave Oscar J. Dunn becomes lieutenant governor of Louisiana.

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 →

14
Jun

1971 - Justice Department filed suit

On this day in 1971, Justice Department filed suit against the St. Louis suburb of Black Jack, charging the community with illegally using municipal... Continue →

14
Jun

1952 - Dr. Harold D. West named President of Meharry Medical College

On this day in 1952, Dr. Harold D. West is named President of Meharry Medical College

14
Jun

1946 - Marla Gibbs, television personality, born

On this day in 1946, Marla Gibbs, television personality, born

14
Jun

1941 - John Edgar Wideman, Rhodes scholar, writer, born

On this day in 1941, John Edgar Wideman, Rhodes scholar, writer, born

14
Jun

1939 - The Ethel Waters Show

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

15
Jun

1971 - Vernon E.Jordan Jr.

On this day in 1971, Vernon E. Jordan Jr., former executive director of the United Negro College Fund, appointed executive director of the National... Continue →

15
Jun

1968 - Ellen Holly becomes the first African American on daytime television

On this day in 1968, Ellen Holly becomes the first African American on daytime television as Carla on One Life to Live.

15
Jun

1921 - Erroll Garner, keyboardist born

On this day in 1921, Erroll Garner born in Pittsburgh,PA

15
Jun

1921 - Bessie Coleman receives pilot's license

On this day in 1921, Bessie Coleman attended the "...Ecole d'Aviation des Freres Caudron at Le Crotoy in Somme for a 10 month flight training course.... Continue →

15
Jun

1864 - The Strategies of Battle

On this day in 1864, Grant outwitted Lee by shifting campaign from Cold Harbor to Petersburg. Surprise attack by Gen. W.F. ("Baldy") Smith succeeded... Continue →

15
Jun

1864 - Congress helped Blacks in the military

On this day in 1864, Congress passed bill equalizing pay, arms, equipment and medical services of Black troops.

16
Jun

War of 1812

ON this day in 1812,the United States declared war on Britain War. Although the U.S. Army did not enlist African Americans after the Revolutionary... Continue →

11
Jun

1991 - Natalie Cole's album, Unforgettable is released.

On this day in 1991, Natalie Cole's album, Unforgettable is released.

16
Jun

1976 - Hector Petersen, a 13 year old Soweto schoolboy is the first to die

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 →

16
Jun

1975 - Adam Wade hosts the Nationally televised game show Musical Chairs.

On this day in 1975, Adam Wade hosts the Nationally televised game show Musical Chairs. He is the first African American game show host.

16
Jun

1971 - Racial disturbance

On this day in 1971, Racial disturbance, Jacksonville, Florida.

16
Jun

1970 - Race riot in Florida

On this day in 1970, Race riot, Miami, Florida.

16
Jun

1970 - Kenneth A Gibson elected the first African American mayor of Newark.

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 →

16
Jun

1943 - Race riot, Beaumont, Texas

On this day in 1943, Race riot, Beaumont, Texas. Two killed.

16
Jun

1864 - Siege of Petersburg and Richmond began

On this day in 1964, Siege of Petersburg and Richmond began. Thirty-two Black infantry regiments and Black cavalry regiments were involved in siege.... Continue →

17
Jun

1775 - Peter Salem

On this date in 1775, Peter Salem a free slave and a private in Captain Simon Edgel's company at the battle of Bunker Hill, was the first military... Continue →

17
Jun

1972 - Frank Wills and Watergate Conspiracy

On this date in 1972, Frank Wills, Washington security guard, foiled break-in at offices of Democratic National Committee in first event of the... Continue →

17
Jun

1948 - Actress Phylicia Rashad born

On this date in 1948, Actress Phylicia Rashad was born in Houston, Texas.

17
Jun

1937 - Journalist Robert Maynard born

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.

17
Jun

1928 - Singer James Brown born

On this date in 1928, Blues singer, "the Godfather of Soul," James Brown was born in Pulaski, Tennessee.

17
Jun

1897 - William Frank Powell named minister to Haiti

On this date in 1897, William Frank Powell, New Jersey educator, named minister to Haiti.

17
Jun

1871 - James Weldon Johnson, born

ON this date in 1871, Author, lyricist, poet and educator James Weldon Johnson, also the first Black executive of the NAACP, is born in Jacksonville,... Continue →

17
Jun

1862 - Congress authorized President Lincoln to accept blacks in Union Army.

On this date in 1862, Congress authorized President Lincoln to accept blacks in Union Army.

17
Jun

1775 - Blacks soldiers fought in battles

On this date in 1775, Blacks soldiers fought at Battle of Bunker Hill and Breed's Hill. Among the heroes of the battle were Peter Salem and Salem... Continue →

18
Jun

1942 - U.S. Navy 1st Black Officer

On this date in 1942, the U.S. Navy commissions its first black officer, Harvard University medical student Bernard Whitfield Robinson.

19
Jun

1991 - Wellington Webb is elected mayor

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.