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.
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.
Miles Davis, American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer was born on this date. Miles Davis was, together with his musical... Continue →
Singer, songwriter, businesswoman, humanitarian and author Gladys Knight , "The Empress of Soul" was born in Atlanta, Georgia on this date.
Kenneth Gibson, Mayor of Newark, became the first African American president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Civil Rights activist Medgar Evers born in Decatur, Mississippi.
The first African American Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, born in Baltimore.
Declaration of Independence adopted. A section denouncing the slave trade was deleted.
Francis L. Cardozo installed as secretary of the state of South Carolina and became the first Black cabinet officer on the state level.
Shirley Chisholm became the first African American Presidential nominee, with 151 votes from the delegates polled.
Philadelphia opens its Public schools for Blacks.
Violette A. Johnson, first African American woman to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, born
The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, where Blacks were used in experiments with syphilis, admitted to by US government officials, 1972
Spingarn Medal awarded to Carter G. Woodson for "ten years devoted service in collecting and publishing the records of the Negro in America."
The 14th Amendment, making blacks citizens was passed, 1868
The National Liberty Congress of Colored Americans asked Congress to make lynching a federal crime.
Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam, called for creation of a Black state in America at a New York meeting.
Henry Rucker appointed collector of Internal Revenue for Georgia, 1897
The Coca-Cola Bottling Company agreed to pump $34 million into Black businesses and the Black community, ending a national boycott called by PUSH.
U.S. Senate confirmed nomination of Thurgood Marshal as U.S. solicitor general.
President Eisenhower established Government Contract Compliance Committee to supervise anti-discrimination regulations in government contracts.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters was born this day. Congresswoman Waters is a Democrat from California.
President Lincoln signed Emancipation Proclamation which freed slaves in rebel states with exception of thirteen parishes (including New Orleans) in... Continue →
Defying apartheid laws, Bishop Desmond Tutu walks alone on a South African beach, 1989
Black Panther Party Co-founder Huey P. Newton was gunned down by a member of the Black Guerilla Family drug ring.
National Negro Business League organized at Boston meeting. Booker T. Washington was elected president. (8/23-24).
John V. DeGrasse, prominent physician, admitted to Massachusetts Medical Society.
The first meeting of the American National Baptist Convention was held in St. Louis, Missouri.
More than 250,000 persons participated in March on Washington demonstration, the largest single demonstration in US History at the time, begins, 1963
Lt. Col. Guion S. Bluford Jr. The first Black US astronaut enters space.
The start of Integration for MD public schools, and Washington DC public school, 1954
US Cabinet member, Constance Baker Motley was born, 1921
Inmates seized Attica State Correctional Facility (N.Y.) and held several guards hostage. They issued a list of demands which included coverage by... Continue →
On this date in 1787, U.S. Constitution approved at Philadelphia convention with three clauses protecting slavery.
Barbara W Hancock becomes the first Black woman named a White House fellow, 1974
School integration began in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Md., public schools.
Black Panther party founded in Oakland, California by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale.
Thurgood Marshall is sworn in, and becomes the first Black Supreme Court Justice.
Congresswoman, Yvonne Burke, born, 1932.
Activist, Fannie Lou Hamer, born, 1917
Police officers and Blacks exchanged sniper fire on Chicago's West Side. One youth was killed and nine policemen were injured.
On this day, Martin Luther King Jr became the youngest man ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Judge Clarence Thomas is confirmed as the 106th associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, its second African American.
Sixty leading Southern Blacks issued "Durham Manifesto" calling for fundamental changes in race relations after a Durham, North Carolina, meeting.
Birthday of Bobby Seale in Dallas, TX, co-founder and former chairman of the Black Panther Party.
NAACP petition on racism, "An Appeal to the World," presented to United Nations at Lake Success.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, founded at Howard University.
President Ronald Reagan signs law designating the third Monday in January Martin Luther King Jr Day, in 1983
Carol Mosely Braun, a Democrat from Illinois, becomes the 1st African American woman elected to the United States Senate.
Shirley Chisholm, a New York Democrat, is the 1st African American woman elected to Congress.
Thomas Bradley was elected mayor of Los Angeles at a time when Blacks represented only 15 percent of the Los Angeles electorate, becoming one of the... Continue →
David Dinkins was elected first Black mayor of New York City, 1989
Elijah Muhammad founds the Nation of Islam in Detroit, 1930
1000 people from twenty five states gather in Philadelphia and form the National Black Independent Party, 1980
Congressman Clayton Powell, Jr., politician and civil rights activist was born in New Haven, Connecticut.
President Lincoln, in message to Congress, recommended the use of federal bonds to provide compensation for states that abolished slavery before 1900.
Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in Maryland. She returned to the South nineteen times and brought out more than three hundred slaves.
Dr.Ralph J.Bunche is the first African American African American person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Willie Brown defeats incumbent Mayor Frank Jordan to become 1st African American Mayor of San Francisco
Jesse Jackson urges the use of the term "African-American"
The position of Secretary of Agriculture was awarded to Alphonso Michael "Mike" Espy, making him the first Black to hold this position.
Congressman William H. Gray is elected chairman of the House Budget Committee, the highest congressional post held by an African American.
Prince Hall, founder of the first African American Masonic lodge petitioned the Massachusetts legislature for fund to return to Africa. The plan is... Continue →
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference was founded in New Orleans, Louisiana by five ministers including Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph... Continue →
In Richmond, Virginia former Lt. Governor Lawrence Douglas Wilder took office as the first popularly elected African American governor of an American... Continue →
UCLA renames its social science buildings to honor alumnus Ralph Bunche.
Colin Luther Powell is sworn in by President George W. Bush as Secretary of State. He is the first black secretary of state in U.S. history.
Twelve Black congressman boycotted Richard Nixon's State of the Union message because of his "consistent refusal" to respond to the petitions of... Continue →
Samuel Pierce is named Secretary of HUD in the Reagan Administration.
The 24th Amendment to the US Constitution is ratified. It abolishes poll tax, which was used as a means of preventing african americans from voting
Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm begins her campaign for President of the U.S.
Executive Order 9981, to end segregation in US Armed Forces is signed by President Harry Truman
Ida Wells, a black reformer who compiled records on lynching, is the subject of a United States Postal Service stamp.
J.C. Watts becomes the first Black selected to respond to a state of the union address.
Columbia University graduate and Harvard University law student Barack Obama became the first African American named president of the Harvard Law... Continue →
Jail-in movement started in Rock Hill, S.C., when students refused to pay fines and requested jail sentences. Students Nonviolent Coordinating... Continue →
Carter G. Woodson creates Negro History week originated by Carter G.Woodson is observed for the first time in 1926.In 1976 it became Black History... Continue →
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 →
National Negro Congress organized at Chicago meeting attended by 817 delegates representing more than 500 organizations. Asa Phillip Randolph of the... Continue →
Virginia House of Delegates votes unanimously to retire the state song, "Carry me back to old Virginia", a tune which glorifies slavery.
Frank E. Peterson Jr. named the first Black general in the Marine Corps.
Adrienne Mitchell, first African American woman to die in combat in the Persian Gulf War is killed in her military barracks in Dharan, Saudi Arabia
Fifteenth Amendment guaranteeing the right to vote sent to the states for ratification.
Alabama State Board of Education expelled nine Alabama State students for participating in sit-in demonstrations.
The Mary McLeod Bethune commemorative stamp is issued by the U.S. Postal Service as the eighth stamp in its Black Heritage USA series.
First cadets graduated from flying school at Tuskegee.
White firemen of the Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific Railroad struck to protest the hiring of Black firemen.
Through 12th Manifesto denouncing Supreme Court ruling on segregation in public schools issued by one hundred Southern senators and representatives.
Alexander Thomas Augusta, first African American faculty member of an American medical school, Howard University, is born free
Malcolm X resigned from the Nation of Islam.
John Lee, first black commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy is assigned to duty. Dec 1944-Jan 1945 The U.S. Army integrated black volunteers with... Continue →
NAACP began a coordinated attack on segregation and discrimination, filing a suit against the University of North Carolina on behalf of Thomas... Continue →
Uncle Tom's Cabin, a novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe, published in Boston.
On March 30, 1870, the ratification of the 15th Amendment secured voting rights for all male U.S. citizens.
In 1968, on this date, Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his final address at Bishop Charles J. Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee.
The first U.S. stamp ever to honor an African American is issued bearing the likeness of Booker T. Washington.
Idaho became the 47th state to recognize Jan. 15 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and as a national holiday.
U.S. Congress pass Civil Rights Bill banning racial discrimination in sale or rental of approximately 80 per cent of the nation's housing.
U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that busing was a constitutionally acceptable method of integrating public schools.
On April 24, 1950, the United Negro College Fund was founded.
Gen. Daniel ("Chappie") James Jr. promoted to rank of four-star general and named commander-in-chief of the North American Air Defense Command.
On this date in 1875, White Democrats attacked Republicans at Yazoo City, Mississippi. One white and three Blacks were killed.
The first Black person to graduate from Harvard Dental School is Robert T Freeman on this date in 1867.
Joseph W. Hatchett sworn in as first Black supreme court justice in the South (Florida) in the twentieth century.
Tennessee National Guard sent to Clinton, Tennessee, to quell mobs demonstrating against school integration.
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 →
Five soldiers hanged for alleged participation in Houston riot of 1917.
NAACP leader, Charles Hamilton Houston was born on this day.
John Stephens Durham, assistant editor of the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, named minister to Haiti.
Cotton pickers organized union and staged strike for higher wages in Texas on this date in 1891.
On this date in 1868, the Lower house of Georgia legislature, ruling that Blacks were ineligible to hold office, expelled twenty-eight... Continue →
U.S. Army commander in South Carolina ordered Freedmen's Bureau to stop seizing abandoned land on this date in 1865.
On this date in 1838, Frederick Douglass, disguised as a sailor escapes from slavery
On this date in 1783, Richard Allen, founder of the AME Church, purchases his freedom with his earnings as a self-employed teamster.
On this date in 1957, Black students are banned from a Little Rock high school, by Arkansas Governor Oval Faubus who calls out the National Guard.
On this date in 1949, a Riot prevented Paul Robeson concert at Peekskill, New York.
On this date in 1875, 20 to 30 blacks were killed during the Clinton Massacre in Clinton, Mississippi.
On this date in 1965, Bowie State College was established in Bowie, MD
On this date in 1781, Los Angeles, California, was founded by forty-four settlers of whom at least twenty-six were descendants of Africans.
On this date in 1960, Leopold Sedar Senghor, poet, politician, is elected President of Senegal.
On this date in 1895, George Washington Murray was elected to Congress by South Carolina.
On this date in 1846, Secretary of the American Negro Academy, John W Cromwell was born.
On this date in 1804, Absalom Jones ordained a priest in the Protestant Episcopal Church.
On this date in 1988, Lee Roy Young becomes the first African American Texas Ranger in the police force's 165 year history.
On this date in 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson named Walter E. Washington commissioner and "unofficial" mayor of Washington, D.C.
On this date in 1930, Leander Jay Shaw, Jr., justice of the Florida State Supreme Court (1983), first African American chief justice (1990) in... Continue →
On this date in 1905, Atlanta Life Insurance Company established by A.F. Herndon.
On this date in 1865, Thaddeus Stevens, powerful U.S. congressman, urged confiscation of estates of Confederate leaders and the distribution of land... Continue →
On this date in 1865, Thaddeus Stevens, a powerful U.S. congressman, urged confiscation of estates of Confederate leaders and the distribution of... Continue →
On this date in 1871, African American Jordan Freeman dies after killing Major William Montgomery in the Battle of Groton Heights
On this date in 1800, Zion AME Church dedicated in New York City.
On this date in 1981, Roy Wilkins (80), longtime executive director of the NAACP, in New York passes away.
On this date in 1981, Vernon E. Jordan resigned as president of the National Urban League and announced plans to join a Washington law firm. He was... Continue →
On this date in 1957, Rev. F.L. Shuttlesworth mobbed when he attempted to enroll his daughters in "white" Birmingham school.
On this date in 1957, the first civil rights bill to pass Congress since reconstruction was passed by President Eisenhower, 1957
On this date in 1915, the father of Black history, Carter G Woodson, founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) . The... Continue →
On this date in 1884, John R Lynch Presides over Republican National Convention
On this date in 1817, Captain Paul Cuffe (58), entrepreneur and activist, dies in Westport, Massachusetts.
On this date in 1806, Abolitionist Sarah Mapps Douglass was born
On this day in 1973, a commemorative stamp was issued by the U.S. Postal Service to honor Henry Ossawa Tanner, the first African American artist... Continue →
On this date in 1962, Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black vacated an order of a lower court, ruling that the University of Mississippi had to admit... Continue →
On this date in 1961, Jomo Kenyatta returns to Kenya from exile to lead his country.
on this date in 1930, Charles E. Mitchell, certified public accountant and banker from West Virginia, named minister to Liberia.
On this date in 1913, George W. Buckner, a physician from Indiana, named minister to Liberia.
On this date in 1974, Haile Selassie I is deposed from the Ethiopian throne.
On this date in 1953, J.H. Jackson, pastor of Olivet Baptist Church, Chicago, elected president of the National Baptist Convention at Miami meeting.
On this date in 1923, Charles Evers, brother of Medgar, Mayor of Fayette Miss. (elected 1969), was born
On this date in 1885, Moses A. Hopkins, minister and educator, named minister to Liberia.
On this date in 1740, an issue of the Pennsylvania Gazette reports of a Negro named Simon who reportedly can "bleed and draw teeth." It is the first... Continue →
On this date in 1986, the National Council of Negro Women sponsors its first Black Family Reunion at the National Mall in Washington.
On this date in 1974, Eugene A. Marino, SSJ, is consecrated at the first African American auxiliary bishop in the U.S. He was assigned to Washington,... Continue →
On this date in 1974, Haile Selassie deposed by military leaders after fifty-eight years as the ruling monarch of Ethiopia.
On this date in 1956, Black students entered Clay, Ky., elementary school under National Guard protection. They were barred from the school on... Continue →
On this date in 1972, Two Blacks, Johnny Ford of Tuskegee and A.J. Cooper of Prichard elected mayors in Alabama.
On this date in 1971, Fifteen hundred troopers and officers stormed the Attica Prison. Thirty-two convicts and ten guards were killed. Investigation... Continue →
On this date in 1962, President Kennedy denounced the burning of churches in Georgia and supported voter registration drive in the South.
On this date in 1867, Gen. E.R.S. Canby ordered South Carolina courts to impanel Blacks jurors.
On this date in 1940, Blacks were allowed to enter all branches of the US Military Service, when President Franklin D Roosevelt signs Selective... Continue →
On this date in 1874, White Democrats seized statehouse in Louisiana coup d'etat. President Grant ordered the revolutionaries to disperse, and the... Continue →
On this date in 1969, Large-scale racial disorders were reported in Hartford, Connecticut. Five hundred were arrested and scores were injured.
On this date in 1964, Rev. K.L. Buford and Dr. Stanley Smith were elected to Tuskegee City Council and became first Black elected officials in... Continue →
On this date in 1963, Four Black girls killed in bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.
On this date in 1876, White terrorists attacked Republicans in Ellenton, South Carolina. Two whites and thirty-nine Blacks were killed.
On this date in 1830, Philadelphia held the First National Negro Convention.
On this date in 1971, Six Klansmen arrested in connection with the bombing of ten school buses in Pontiac, Michigan.
On this dated in 1848, the French abolish slavery in all there territories.
On this date in 1991, ground is broken for the Harold Washington wing of the DuSable Museum in Chicago, Illinois. Founded by artist and poet Margaret... Continue →
On this date in 1983, Vanessa Williams crowned Miss America. Vanessa Williams was the 1st African American Miss America to be crowned.
On this date in 1973,Illinois becomes the first state to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as a holiday.
On this date in 1861, it was the First day of school for freedmen founded at Fortress Monroe, Va., with a Black teacher, Mary Peake.
On this date in 1990, Atlanta, Ga., led by Mayor Maynard H. Jackson, is selected as the site of the XXV Olympiad Summer Games.
On this date in 1980, Cosmonaut Arnold Tamayo, a Cuban, becomes the first black sent on a mission in space. Arnold Tamayo, along with Soviet... Continue →
On this dated in 1948, Ralph J. Bunche confirmed by United Nations Security Council as acting UN mediator in Palestine.
On this date in 1850, as part of the Compromise of 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Law.
On this date in 1956, theFirst international conference of Black writes and artists met at the Sorbonne in Paris.
On this date in 1881, Booker T. Washington opens Tuskegee Institute in Alabama
On this date in 1962, Governor Barnett personally denied James H. Meredith admission to the University of Mississippi.
On this date in 1847, William A. Leidesdorf elected to San Francisco town council receiving the third highest vote. Leidesdorf, who was one of the... Continue →
On this date in 1830, the First Negro Convention of Free Men agreed to start their boycott on slave-produced goods.
On this date in 1989, General Colin Powell named Chairman of the joint Chiefs of Staff.
On this date in 1966, National Guard mobilized to stop rioting in Dayton, Ohio.
On this date in 1872, John Henry Conyers of South Carolina became the first Black student at Annapolis Naval Academy. He later resigned.
On this date in 1832, Maria W. Stewart (1803-1879) addresses the New England Anti-Slavery Society meeting in Boston's Franklin Hall on the evils of... Continue →
On this date in 1961, Interstate Commerce Commission issued regulation prohibiting segregation on interstate buses and in terminal facilities.
On this date in 1954, actress Shari Belafonte, daughter of singer Harry Belafonte, born in New York City.
On this date in 1905, a race riot in Atlanta occurred and ten Blacks and two whites killed. Martial law proclaimed.
On this dated in 1863, the First Black person to Serve on the DC board of education, Mary Church Terrell was born.
On this date in 1951, President Kennedy named Thurgood Marshall to U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
On this date in 1977, John T. Walker installed as the first Black bishop of the Episcopal diocese of Washington.
On this date in 1962, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Board of Higher Education of Mississippi to admit Meredith to the university or be held... Continue →
On this date in 1957, President Eisenhower ordered federal troops to Little Rock, Ark., to prevent interference with school integration at Central... Continue →
On this date in 1957, Soldiers of 101st Airborne Division escorted nine Black students to Central High school.
On this dated in 1931, Representative Cardiss Robertson Collins, elected the U.S. House of Representatives was born
On this date in 1883, National Black convention met in Louisville, Kentucky.
ON thi sdate in 1962, A Black church was destroyed by fire in Macon, Georgia. This was the eighth church burned in Georgia since August 15.
On this date in 1962, Governor Barnett again defied court orders and personally denied Meredith admission to the University.
On this date in 1861, The Secretary of the Navy authorizes the enlistment of African Americans in the Union Navy. The enlistees could achieve no rank... Continue →
On this date in 1962, Mississippi barred Meredith for the third time. Lt. Gov. Paul Johnson and a blockade of state patrolmen turned back Meredith... Continue →
On this date in 1962, A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., becomes the first African American member of the Federal Trade Commission. He was also appointed a... Continue →
On this date in 1966, the National Guard was mobilizing in San Francisco.
On this date in 1950, Charles H. Houston awarded the Spingarn Medal posthumously for his pioneering work in developing the NAACP legal campaign.
On this date in 1940, Black leaders protested discrimination in the armed forces and war industries at a White House meeting with President Roosevelt.
On this date in 1877, John Mercer Langston named minister of Haiti.
On this date in 1867, Louisiana voters endorsed constitutional convention and elected delegates in first election under Reconstruction acts. The vote... Continue →
On this date in 1862, First Louisiana Native Guards, the first Black regiment to receive official recognition, mustered into army. Regiment was... Continue →
On this date in 1827, Hiram R. Revels, first Black U.S. senator, was born free in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
On February 18, 1965, Malcom X engages in a heated debate live on the air with Gordon Hall, who considered himself an expert on extremism. Malcolm X... Continue →
1965 - Malcolm X 's delivers "Not just an American problem, but a world problem,” address in the Corn Hill Methodist Church.
On this date in 1965, Malcolm X's "Not just an American problem, but a world problem,” address delivered in the Corn Hill Methodist Church in... Continue →
On this dates in 1965, Malcolm X delivers "There is a World Wide Revolution Going Speech." Malcolm X - "You and I are living at a time when there... Continue →
On this date in 1868, Arkansas Governor Powell Clayton declared martial law in ten counties and mobilized the state militia due to a Ku Klux Klan... Continue →
ON this date in 1961, Andrew T. Hatcher named associate press secretary to President John F. Kennedy. Andrew was also a founder of 100 Black Men of... Continue →
On this date in 1962, President John F. Kennedy issues Executive Order 11063, which mandates an end to discrimination in housing. Executive Order... Continue →
On this date in 1922, 1922 Louisiana governor conferred with president on KKK violence in his state.
On this dated in 1865, blacks held acolored peoples convention in the Zion Church in Charleston and demanded equal rights and repeal of the Black... Continue →
On this date in 1997, Kofi Annan of Ghana becomes first black secretary of United Nations.
On this date in 1808, the African Benevolent Society for Education was founded.
On this date in 1808, the federal law prohibiting the importation of African slaves went into effect.
On this date in 1966 approximately 2,400 persons attended White House Conference on Civil Rights.
On this date in 1868 a constitutional convention convened in Austin. The ninety delegates consisted of eighty whites and ten blacks.
On this date in 1864, the Florida General Assembly (nineteen Blacks, fifty-seven whites) met in Tallahassee.
On this day ion 1943, the Ninety-ninth Pursuit Squadron flew P-40 Warhawks over the Mediterranean Sea for their first combat mission, strafing enemy... Continue →
ON this day in 1899, Black Americans observed day of fasting and prayer called by National Afro-American Council to protest lynching and racial... Continue →
On this day in 1875, James Augustine Healy, the first African American Roman Catholic Bishop, born in Macon, Georgia.
On this day in 1854 - Fugitive slave Anthony Burns was returned to the South from Boston. In 1854, Burns took steps to find freedom. While working in... Continue →
On this date in 1834, the Fifth National Black convention met in New York with 50 delegates from eight states.
On this day in 1854, Anthony Burns, a fugitive slave, was arrested in Boston. His master refused an offer of $1200 made by Boston citizens for his... Continue →
On this day in 1973, Cardiss R. Collins of Chicago was elected to Congress. She succeeded her late husband.
On this date in 1969, there a Race riot occurred in Hartford, Connecticut.
On this day in 1955, Martin Luther King Jr. is awarded his doctorate from Boston University.
On this day in 1872, the Republican National Convention met in Philadelphia with substantial Black representation from Southern States. For the first... Continue →
On this day in 1783, Oliver Cromwell, soldier in the Revolutionary War, receives an honorable discharge and the Badge of Merit from George Washington... Continue →
On this day in 1977, Joseph Lawson Howze installed as bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Biloxi, Mississippi.
On this day in 1939, Children's Advocate Marian Wright Edelman was born.
On this day in 1863, at the Battle of Milken's Bend a Negro soldier takes his former master prisoner.
On this day in 1831, the Second National Black convention met in Philadelphia. There were fifteen delegates from five states.
On this day in 1968, James Earl Ray, alleged assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., captured at London airport.
On this day in 1953, King, Sr., performs the marriage ceremony of King, Jr., and Coretta Scott at the Scott home near Marion, Alabama.
On this day in 1989, Congressman John Conyers D-Michigan announced a call for a reparations study.
On this day in 1941, Marcus Garvey (52) died in London, England.
On this day in 1899, the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks founded in Cincinnati.
On this day in 1967, there was a Race riot in Tampa, Florida. The National Guard was mobilized.
On this day in 1963, Vivian Malone and James Hood, accompanied by U.S. Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach attempt to register at the... Continue →
On this day in 1967, U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Virginia law banning inter-racial marriage was unconstitutional.
On this day in 1967, a Race riot occurred in Cincinnati, Ohio. Three hundred persons were arrested, and the National Guard was mobilized.
On this day in 1963, Civil rights groups demonstrated at Harlem construction sites to Protest discrimination in building trades unions.... Continue →
IN this day in 1886, the Georgia State Supreme Court sustained the will of the late David Dickson, thus making Amanda Eubanks, the daughter of a... Continue →
On this day in 1840, the World's Anti-Slavery Convention convenes in London, England.
On this day in 1868, Ex-slave Oscar J. Dunn becomes lieutenant governor of Louisiana. It is the highest executive office held by an African American... Continue →
On this day in 1864, Congress passed bill equalizing pay, arms, equipment and medical services of Black troops.
On this day in 1970, Kenneth A Gibson elected the first African American mayor of Newark. In 1976, he will be elected the first African American... Continue →
On this day in 1943, Race riot, Beaumont, Texas. Two killed.
On this date in 1897, William Frank Powell, New Jersey educator, named minister to Haiti.
On this date in 1862, Congress authorized President Lincoln to accept blacks in Union Army.
ON this date in 1991, City Auditor Wellington Webb is elected mayor of Denver, Colo. He is the first African American to hold the post.
ON this date in 1966, Samuel Nabrit is the first African American to serve on the Atomic Energy Commission
On this date in 1963, Three thousand Black students boycotted Boston public schools as protest against de facto segregation.
ON this date in 1953, Egypt becomes a republic after the forced abdication of King Farouk I.
On this date in 1941, President Roosevelt conferred with A. Philip Randolph and other leaders of the March on Washington movement and urged them to... Continue →
On this date in 1933, Former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Ronald H Brown was appointed head of the Department of Commerce by... Continue →
On this date in 1961, Whitney Young Jr. named executive director of the National Urban League.
On this date in 1944, Adam Clayton Powell elected first Black congressman from East.
On this date in 1943, a Race riot occurred in Harlem. (From 8/1 through 8/2).
On this date in 1941, Former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Ronald H Brown was born.
On this date in 1925, The National Bar Association is the National Bar Association incorporated in Des Moines.
On this date in 1920, The National convention of Marcus Garvey's Universal Improvement Association opened in Liberty Hall in Harlem. The next night... Continue →
On this date in 1962, Some twelve thousand federal soldiers restored order on the University of Mississippi campus. James H. Meredith, escorted by... Continue →
On this date in 1951, The Twenty-fourth Infantry Regiment, last of all-Black units military units authorized by Congress in 1866, deactivated in... Continue →
ON this date in 1986, the U.S. Senate overrides President Ronald Reagan's veto of legislation imposing economic sanctions in South Africa.
On this date in 1986, President Ronald Reagan appointed Edward J. Perkins ambassador to South Africa.
On this date in 1935, Robert H Lawrence (Named the first Black astronaut), was born on this date.
ON this date in 1949, the First Black radio station, WERD, begins operating in Atlanta, Georgia.
ON this date in 1904, Mary McLeod Bethune opened Daytona Normal and Industrial School in Daytona Beach, Florida. In 1923 the school merged with... Continue →
On this date in 1856, Timothy ("T.") Thomas Fortune was born on this day.
On this date in 1996, Congress passed a bill authorizing the creation of 500,000 Black Revolutionary War Patriots Commemorative coins.
On this date in 1988, the Martin L. King, Jr. Federal Building is dedicated in Atlanta, Ga. It is the first federal building in the nation to bear... Continue →
ON this date in 1982, Rayford Logan, educator, historian, author, dies
On this date in 1969, Howard N. Lee and Charles Evers are elected the first African American mayors of Chapel Hill, N.C. and Fayette, Miss.,... Continue →
On this date in 1864, National Black convention met in Syracuse, New York.
ON this date in 1966, The Kingdom of Lesotho declared its independence
On this day in 1777, African Americans Replaced Reluctant Whites as, losses on the field of battle and rising White desertions reduced the... Continue →
On this date in 1872, Educator, Booker T Washington, leaves Malden, West VA to enter Hampton Institute.
On this date in 1869, the First Reconstruction legislature (27 Blacks, 150 whites) met in Richmond, Virginia.
On this date in 1867, Monroe Baker, a well-to-do Black businessman, named mayor of St. Martin, Louisiana, two years after the end of slavery. Monroe... Continue →
On this date in 1971, John A. Wilkinson's marriage to Lorraine Mary Turner was the first legalized interracial marriage in North Carolina. Wilkinson... Continue →
ON this date in 1868, Black state convention at Macon, Georgia, protested expulsion of Black politicians from Georgia legislature.
ON this date in 1847, National Black convention met in Troy, N.Y., with more than 60 delegates from nine states. Nathan Johnson of Massachusetts was... Continue →
On this date in 1873, Henry E. Hayne, secretary of state, accepted as the first student of color at the University of South Carolina medical school.... Continue →
ON this date in 1821, William Still, Chronicler of The Underground Railroad Records, was born.
On this date in 1941, Activist and 1988 candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, Rev Jesse Jackson, born in Greenville, Sounth Carolina.
On this date in 1775, Council of general officers decided to bar slaves and free Blacks from Continental Army.
On this date in 1984, W Wilson Goode becomes the 1st African American mayor of Philadelphia
ON this date in 1978, Congressman Ralph H. Metcalfe (68) dies in Chicago.
On this date in 1966, The Black Panther Party Founded October 10, 1966 Oakland, California by Huey P. Newton annd Bobby Seale
On this date in 1961, Otis M. Smith appointed to Michigan Supreme Court. Otis M. Smith Scholarship
On this date in 1901, Frederick Douglass Patterson, veterinarian and founder of the United Negro College Fund, born
On this date in 1874, South Carolina Republicans carried election with reduced margin. Republican tickets was composed of four whites and four... Continue →
On this date in 1972, Prison uprising, Washington, D.C., jail.
On this date in 1939, the NAACP organizes the Education Fund and Legal Defense.
On this date in 1865, Jamaican national hero, Paul Bogle, leads a successful protest march to the Morant Bay Courthouse.
ON this date in 1972, 46 Black and white sailors injured in race riot on the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk of North Vietnam.
On this date in 1945, Jesse James Payne was lynched in Madison County, Florida.
ON this date in 1980, an unprovoked slayings of six Blacks in Buffalo, New York, triggered demands for national investigation. Spingarn Medal awarded... Continue →
ON this date in 1970, Angela Davis arrested in New York City and charged with unlawful flight to avoid persecution for her alleged role in California... Continue →
On this date in 1926, First Black naval aviator, Jesse Leroy Brown was born.
ON this date in 1919, a Race riot occurred in , Elaine, Phillips County, Arkansas. Five whites and 25 to 50 Blacks reported killed. 76 Blacks were... Continue →
On thus date in 1901, First Black delegate to United Nations, Edith Sampson was born.
ON this date in 1999, Former Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere dies at the age of 77 from leukemia. Nyerere was lauded as one of the greatest... Continue →
ON this date in 1971, Two killed in Memphis racial disturbances.
On this date in 1969, a race riot occurred in Springfield, Massachusetts.
On this date in 1958, the District of Columbia Bar Association votes to accept African Americans as members.
On this date in 1916, Sophomore tackle Paul Robeson is excluded from the Rutgers football team when Washington and Lee University refused to play... Continue →
On this date in 1974, National Guard mobilized to restore order in Boston school busing crisis.
ON this date in 1949, William Hastie nominated for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He was the first Black to sit on the court.
ON this date in 1883, U.S. Supreme Court declared Civil Rights Act of 1875 unconstitutional.
On this date in 1859, John Brown whom was an abolitionist took direct action to free slaves by force. He led a raid on Harpers Ferry, in mid-October... Continue →
On this date in 1984, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Awarded Nobel Peace Prize, African activist.
On this date in 1973, Maynard Jackson elected mayor of Atlanta.
ON this date in 1968, John Carlos and Tommie Smith staged Black Power demonstration on victory stand after winning 200-meter event at Olympics in... Continue →
ON this date in 1940, Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr. named the first Black general in the regular army.
On this date in 1922, Leon Howard Sullivan was born on this day.
On this date in 1917, Fannie Lou Hamer was born.
On this date in 1901, Booker T. Washington dined at the White House with President Roosevelt and was criticized in the South.
On this date in 1895, National Medical Association founded in Atlanta.
On this date in 1876, Race riot, Cainhoy, South Carolina. Five whites and one Black killed.
On this date in 1872, South Carolina Republicans carried election with a ticket of four whites and four Blacks: Richard H. Gleaves, lieutenant... Continue →
ON this date in 1859, John Brown attacked Harpers Ferry, Virginia, with thirteen white men and five Blacks. Two of the five Blacks were killed, two... Continue →
On this date in 1855, more than one hundred delegates from six states held a Black convention in Philadelphia. John Mercer Langston, one of the first... Continue →
On this date in 1849, George Washington Williams, the first major Black historian, born in Bedford Springs, Pennsylvania.
On this date in 1871, President Grant suspended the writ of habeas corpus and declared martial law in nine South Carolina counties affected by Klan... Continue →
On this date in 1817, Samuel Ringgold Ward, minister, abolitionist, author, born on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
On this date in 1983, Grenada's U.S. educated Prime Minister Maurice Bishop killed in a military coup.
On this date in 1870, First Blacks elected to the House of Representatives. Black Republicans won three of the four congressional seats in South... Continue →
On this date in 1872, John H Conyers becomes the first African American to enter the US Naval Academy.
On this date in 1865, Jamaican national hero, George William Gordon, is unfairly arrested and sentenced to death.
ON this date in 1963, some 225,000 students boycotted Chicago schools in Freedom Day protest of de facto segregation.
On this date in 1955, the first black post office open, Atlanta Georgia.
On this date in 1950, Charles Cooper joins the NBA and becomes one of the first Blacks to play in an NBA game.
On this date in 1950, Nat Clifton joins the NBA and becomes one of the first Blacks to play in an NBA game.
On this date in 1906, 3000 blacks demonstrated and rioted in Philadelphia to protest a theatrical presentation of Thomas Dixon's The Clansman. 62... Continue →
On this date in 1775, Continental Congress approved resolution barring African Americans from the army. Although, throughout the war, Washington, the... Continue →
On this date in 1994, William Jefferson Clinton presented her with the Charles Frankel Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities
On this date in 1948, Rep. Kweisi Mfume who was born Frizzell Gray in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1996 Mfume became president of the NAACP.
On this date in 1935, Italy invaded Ethiopia. American Blacks held mass meetings of protest and raised funds for the Ethiopian defenders.
On this date in 1923, Department of Labor said some 500,000 Blacks had left the South in the preceding twelve months.
On this date in 1892, In New Orleans, 25,000 Black workers strike.
On this date in 1988, two units of the Ku Klux Klan and eleven individuals are ordered to pay $ 1 million to African Americans who were attacked... Continue →
On this date in 1940, Committee on the Participation of Negroes in the National Defense Program met with President Roosevelt.
On this date in 1940, Benjamin O Davis becomes the first Black general in US Army.
On this date in 1876, President sent federal troops to South Carolina.
On this date in 1868, White terrorists killed several Blacks in St. Bernard Parish, near New Orleans.
On this date in 1749, British Parliament legalizes slavery in the colony known now as the state of Georgia.
On this dated in 1981, Andrew Young, Former UN Ambassador, elected mayor of Atlanta.
On this date in 1978, President Carter signed Hawkins-Humphrey full employment bill.
On this date in 1981, Edward M. McIntrye elected first Black mayor of Augusta, Georgia.
On this date in 1862, First Kansas Colored Volunteers repulsed and drove off superior force of rebels at Island Mound, Missouri. This was the first... Continue →
On this date in 1798, Founder of The Underground Railroad, Levi Coffin was born.
On this date in 1969, U.S. Supreme Court said school systems must end segregation "at once" and "operate now and hereafter only unitary schools." In... Continue →
On this date in 1947, President's Committee on Civil Rights condemned racial injustices in America when ity published the formal report, "To Secure... Continue →
On this date in 1929, the stock market collapsed bringing on the beginning of the Great Depression. By 1937, 26 percent of Black males were... Continue →
On this date in 1979, Richard Arrington was elected the first Black mayor of Birmingham, Alabama.
On this date in 1966, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale students at a California college create the Black Panther Party for Self Defense.
On this dated in 1954, Defense Department announced elimination of all segregated regiments in the armed forces.
On this date in 1831, Nat Turner is captured after his role in the Slave Revolt that took place in Southampton county, Virginia on August 21, 1831.
On this dated in 1969, a Race riot occurred in Jacksonville, Florida.
On this date in 1995, South Africans voted in their first all-race local government elections, completing the destruction of the apartheid system.
On this date in 1976, Jimmy Carter, former governor of Georgia, elected president with strong support from Black voters.
On this date in 1976, Seventeen Black congressmen reelected.
On this date in 1954, Charles C. Diggs Jr. of Detroit elected Michigan's first Black congressman.
On this dated in 1930, upon the death of the Ethiopian Empress Zawditu, Haile Selassie was crowned emperor of Ethiopia.
On this dated in 1880, Republican James A. Garfield elected president.
On this dated in 1983, Jesse Jackson announces his candidacy for the office of President of the US.
On this date in 1981, Thurman L Milnet was elected mayor of Hartford CT, 1981
On this date in 1979, Klansmen fired on an anti-Klan rally in Greensboro, N.C., and killed five persons.
On this date in 1974, Harold Ford elected congressman from TN.
On this date in 1970, Twelve Blacks elected to the Ninety-second Congress, including five new congressmen: Ralph H. Metcalfe (Ill.), George Collins... Continue →
On this dated in 1970, Wilson Riles elected superintendent of Public instruction in California. Richard Austin elected secretary of state in Michigan.
On this date in 1964, A.W. Willis, Jr., was elected to the General Assembly making him the first black to hold this position.
On this date in 1964, John Conyers Jr. elected to House of Representatives from Detroit.
ON this date in 1945, Irving C. Mollison, a Chicago Republican, sworn in as U.S. Customs Court judge in New York City.
On this date in 1942, William L. Dawson elected to Congress from Chicago.
On this date in 1896, Republican William McKinley defeated Democratic candidate William J. Bryan in presidential race.
On this date in 1896, South Carolina State College established.
On this date in 1874, James Theodore Holly, a Black American who emigrated to Haiti in 1861, elected bishop of Haiti. He was consecrated in a... Continue →
On this date in 1988, the Martin L. King, Jr, federal Building is dedicated in Atlanta, Ga. It is the first federal building in the nation to bear... Continue →
On this date in 1978, William Howard Jr., elected president of the National Council of Churches.
On this date in 1969, Howard N. Lee and Charles Evers are elected the first African American mayors of Chapel Hill, N.C. and Fayette, Miss.,... Continue →
On this date in 1953, Hulan Jack was elected first Black Borough President of Manhattan, NYC.
On this date in 1884, Grover Cleveland won election and became the first Democratic president of the United States since the Civil War.
On this date in 1874, Democrats swept off-years elections, winning a majority in the House of Representatives.
On this date in 1872, Three Blacks elected to major offices in Louisiana elections: C.C Antoine, lieutenant governor; P.G. Deslonde, secretary of... Continue →
On this date in 1872, P.B.S. Pinchback was elected congressman at large. Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback (May 10, 1837 – December 21, 1921) was... Continue →
On this date in 1872, Fourth Black official, Treasurer Antoine Dubuclet, won elections in 1870 and 1874.
On this date in 1750, Jean-Baptist-Point Du Sable was a black pioneer, trader and founder of the settlement that later became the city of Chicago.
On this date in 1986, The governor of Arizona refuses to recognize Dr Martin Luther King Jr's birthday as a national holiday.
On this date in 1974, George Brown was elected Lt Governor of Colorado, becoming one of the first two Black Lt Governors in the USA.
ON this date in 1974, Harold Ford of Memphis elected to House of Representatives.
On this date in 1974, State Sen. Mervyn M. Dymally elected lieutenant governor of California. State Sen. Georgia L. Brown elected lieutenant governor... Continue →
On this date in 1974, Walter E. Washington, became the first elected mayor of Washington, D.C., in the twentieth century.
On this date in 1970, National Guard mobilized in Henderson, N.C., due to riots.
On this date in 1968, Shirley Chisholm becomes first Black woman to be elected to Congress, representing Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NYC.
ON this date in 1917, U.S. Supreme Court decision (Buchanan v. Warley) struck down Louisville, Ky., ordinance which required Blacks and whites to... Continue →
ON this date in 1917, Emmett J. Scott, former secretary to Booker T. Washington, was appointed special assistant to the Secretary of War. His role... Continue →
On this date in 1912, Woodrow Wilson elected president.
On this date in 1867, First Reconstruction constitutional convention (eighteen Blacks, ninety whites) opened in Montgomery, Alabama.
On this date in 1862, Frazier A Boutelle is commissioned as second lieutenant in the Fifth New York Calvary.
On this date in 1990, Sharon Pratt Dixon (now Kelly) was elected mayor of Washington, D.C., making this a first for a woman of any race.
On this date in 1989, Renowned attorney Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander dies in Philadelphia.
On this date in 1976, Benjamin Hooks, Federal Communications Commission member, named to succeed Roy Wilkins as executive director of the NAACP.
On this date in 1973, Coleman Young was elected mayor of Detroit, becoming one of the first two Black mayors of city's with over a million citizens.
ON this date in 1928, Oscar DePriest elected to Seventy-first Congress from Illinois' First Congressional District (Chicago). He was the first... Continue →
ON this date in 1920, James Weldon Johnson became the first Black executive secretary of the NAACP.
On this date in 1920, Spingarn Medal awarded to W.E.B. Du Bois for "the founding and calling of the Pan African Congress."
On this date in 1900, Republican William McKinley defeated William Bryan in presidential elections.
On this date in 1888, Republican Benjamin Harrison elected president.
On this date in 1868, Jonathan Gibbs, minister and educator, appointed secretary of state by the Florida governor.
On this date in 1860, Abraham Lincoln elected president.
On this date in 18810, more than 150 delegates from Baptist Churches in eleven states organized the Baptist Foreign Mission Convention of the United... Continue →
On this date in 1874, Stephen A Swails was reelected president pro tem of the senate.
On this date in 1874, Robert B. Elliott elected Speaker of the lower house of the South Carolina legislature.
On this date in 1955, Interstate Commerce Commission banned segregation in buses and waiting rooms involved in interstate travel.
On this date in 1949, Ralph J. Bunche received the Spingarn Medal for his contributions to the Myrdal study and his achievements as UN mediator of... Continue →
On this date in 1949, CORE chapter pressed sit-in campaign designed to end segregation in downtown facilities in St. Louis.
On this date in 1970, B.O. Davis Sr. (93), first Black general, dies in Chicago.
On this date in 1841, Thirty-five Amistad survivors returned to Africa.
ON this date in 1911, William Henry Lewis was appointed assistant attorney general of the United States by President William Howard Taft, making him... Continue →
ON this date in 1957, Federal troops left Little Rock.
ON this date in 1957, Dorothy Height, YMCA official, elected president of the National Council of Negro Women.
On this date in 1841, the liberators of the ship Amistad set sail for Africa aboard the Gentleman.
On this date in 1871, Ku Klux Klan trials began in Federal District Court in Columbia, South Carolina.
On this date in 1961, Freedom Riders attacked by white mob at bus station in McComb, Miss., November 29-December 2.
On this date in 1981, Spingarn Medal awarded to Coleman A. Young "in recognition of his singular accomplishments as mayor of the City of Detroit."
On this date in 1966, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale students at a California college create the Black Panther Party for Self Defense.
On this date in 1924, Congresswoman, Shirley Chisholm was born.
On this date in 1889, S.R. Scottron patents curtain rod. U.S. Patent 481,720
On this date in 1869, James Lynch elected secretary of state in Mississippi election.
On this date in 1774, The Continental Congress will no longer allow the importation of slaves.
ON this date in 1992, Maya Angelou is asked to compose a poem for the inauguration of President Bill Clinton
On this date in 1922, Congressman Charles C Diggs was born.
On this date in 1895, Fifty-fourth Congress (1895-97) convened. One Black congressman: George W. Murray, South Carolina.
On this date in 1891, Fifty-second Congress convened. One Black congressman: Henry P. Cheatham, North Carolina.
On this date in 1891, North Carolina A&T College, Delaware State College and West Virginia State College established.
On this date in 1964, J. Raymond Jones elected leader of New York Democratic organization (Tammany Hall).
On this date in 1951, President Truman named committee to monitor compliance with anti-discrimination provisions in U.S. government contracts and... Continue →
ON this date in 1865, Selection of the first Inter-racial jury is formed.
On this date in 1864, Twenty-fifth Corps, largest all-Black unit in history of U.S. Army, established in Army of the James.
On this date in 1915, Ku Klux Klan received charter from Fulton County, Ga., Superior Court. Modern Klan spread to Alabama and other Southern state... Continue →
On this date in 1895, South Carolina Constitutional Convention adopted new constitution with "understanding clause" designed to eliminate Black... Continue →
On this date in 1957, Martin Luther King Jr. awarded Spingarn Medal for his leadership of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
On this date in 1946, President Truman created Committee on Civil Rights by Executive Order No. 9808. Two Blacks Attorney Sadie M. Alexander and... Continue →
On this date in 1946, Spingarn Medal presented to Thurgood Marshall, director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, "for his distinguished... Continue →
On this date in 1935, Educator, Mary McLeod Bethune, founds National Council of Negro Women.
On this date in 1881, Forty-seventh Congress (1881-83) convened. Two Black congressmen, Robert Smalls, South Carolina; John R. Lynch, Mississippi.
On this date in 1997, Lee Brown became Houston's first black mayor narrowly defeating businessman Rob Mosbacher.
On this date in 1971, Lewis Franklin Powell confirmed as Supreme Court justice despite opposition of civil rights organizations.
On this date in 1960, In Tucson, 500 store owners, Arizona signed pledges of nondiscrimination.
On this date in 1890, Sgt. Thomas Shaw earned Congressional Medal of Honor.
On this date in 1869, National Black labor convention met in Washington.
On this date in 1869, James M. Harris of North Carolina elected president.
On this date in 1981, John Jacobs is named president of the National Urban League.
On this date in 1895, Sir Milton Margai, first Prime Minister of Sierra Leone, is born
On this date in 1885, Forty-ninth Congress (1885-87) convened. Two Black congressmen: James E. O'Hara, North Carolina; Robert Smalls, South Carolina.
On this date in 1874, White Democrats killed seventy-five Republicans in massacre at Vicksburg, Mississippi.
On this date in 1953, Hulan Jack sworn in a Manhattan Borough president.
ON this date in 1775, alarmed by impact of the Dunmore proclamation, Washington reversed himself and authorized the enlistment of free Blacks.
On this date in 1960, Two U.S. courts issued temporary injunctions to prevent eviction of about seven hundred Black sharecroppers in Haywood and... Continue →
Born on this day in Winchester, VA, Josiah T. Walls waslater elected to the U.S. Congress for the state of Florida.
On this date in 1917, Thomas Bradley was born in Calvert, Texas and went on to become mayor of Los Angeles by winning 56% of the vote.
On this date in 1987, Kurt Schmoke becomes the first African American mayor of Baltimore, Maryland.
ON this date in 1936, the NAACP filed first suit in campaign to equalize the salaries of Black and white teachers.
1977 - Karen Farmer becomes first African American member of the Daughters of the American Revolution
ON this date in 1977, Karen Farmer becomes the first African American member of the Daughters of the American Revolution when she traces her ancestry... Continue →
On this date in 1918, George H. White (66) last of the post Reconstruction congressman, Philadelphia dies.
On this date in 1816, the American Colonization Society was organized in hall of the House of Representatives.
On this date in 1956, Federal Judge Dozier Devane granted temporary injunction restraining city officials from interfering with integration of... Continue →
On this date in 1956, Birmingham Blacks began mass defiance of Jim Crow bus laws.
On this date in 1848, William and Ellen Craft escaped from slavery in Georgia. Mrs. Craft impersonated a slave holder and her husband, William,... Continue →
On this date in 1881, Exodus of five thousand Blacks from Edgefield County, South Carolina. Migrants, protesting exploitation and violence, settled... Continue →
On this date in 1881, United Order of True Reformer established.
On this date in 1863, Robert Blake, powder boy aboard the USS Marbelhead, was the first Black awarded the Naval Medal of Honor "for conspicuous... Continue →
On this date in 1815, Henry Highland Garnet, minister, abolitionist and diplomat, born a slave in Kent County, Maryland.
On this date in 1883, Arthur Wergs Mitchell, 1st African American to be elected to congress, was born in Lafayette, Alabama.
On this date in 1873, Abolitionist Charles Lenox Remond dies. He was the first Black lecturer employed by the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society.
ON this date in 1965, voter registration drive, led by Martin Luther King Jr., started in Selma, Alabama.
On this date in 1872, Mississippi legislature met. John R Lynch was elected Speaker of the house at the age of twenty-four.
On this date in 1837, The first National Negro Catholic Congress is held in Washington. D. C.
ON this date in 1800, Antislavery petition from free Blacks of Philadelphia presented to Congress.
On this date in 1984, Rev. Jesse Jackson secures the release of pilot Lt. Robert Goodman, shot down over Damascus.
On this date in 1969, Rep. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. seated by Congress.
On this date in 1966, Floyd B. McKissick, North Carolina attorney, named national director of Congress of Racial Equality.
On this date in 1961, Adam Clayton Powell elected Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee.
On this date in 1947, Congressman William L. Dawson elected chairman of House Expenditures Committee. He was the first Black to head a standing... Continue →
On this date in 1947, United States Population: 150,697,361. Black population: 15,042,286 (10 per cent).
On this date in 1621, First African American, William Tucker, born