Joseph Nathan Oliver, better known as King Oliver or Joe Oliver, was an American jazz cornet player and bandleader. He was particularly recognized... Continue →
On April 8, 1920, American Jazz Singer Carmen McRae was born. After winning an amateur contest at Harlem's legendary Appolllo Theatre in her home... Continue →
1965 - Malcolm X delivers last speech at Ford Auditorium, after his home in New York was firebombed.
On this date in 1965, Malcolm X delivers last speech at Ford Auditorium, after his home in New York was firebombed.
Singer Donna Summer, known as "Queen of Disco," is born on this day in Boston, Massachusetts.
Art Tatum was a jazz pianist and virtuoso who was nearly blind. He is acknowledged by many to be one of the greatest pianists of all time,... Continue →
Some of the most complex and dissonant harmonies can be found in the repertoire of pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, one of the most important... Continue →
Art Blakey was a famous American drummer and bandleader who revolutionized the way jazz drums were played. His unique approach to drumming... Continue →
Max Roach is considered to be one of the greatest drummers in history, and was a renowned bebop pioneer. He is, along with a select few, essentially... Continue →
“Lady Day” was perhaps the most exceptional popular music singer of the 20th century. She wrote few songs, but when she sang, she took on a deep,... Continue →
Composer, songwriter, musician and singer Isaac Hayes was born in Covington, Tennessee on this date.
Branford Marsalis, jazz saxophonist and icon, born.
Musician, Michael Jackson was born, 1958 on this date.
Jazz great, vibraphonist, Lionel Hampton dies at age 94.
Death of Ethel Waters (80), singer and actress, in Chatsworth, California.
Jonathan A. Rodgers becomes president of CBS's television stations division, the highest ranking African American in network television. Rodgers had... Continue →
Death of Mordecai Johnson (86), first Black president of Howard University, in Washington.
"Duke" Ellington get's the Spingarn Medal for his musical achievements, 1959
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.
Keenan Ivory Wayans's In Living Color wins an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.
Jada Pinkett Smith, actress, born on this date
First issue of Emerge magazine goes on sale.
Sprinter Florence Griffith-Joyner, winner of 3 gold and a silver medal at the 1988 Olympics, dies. She was 38.
Jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis died in Santa Monica, California from complications following a stroke. He was 65.
Ex-football star O.J. Simpson is cleared today of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
Writer, Toni Morrison, awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, 1993
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.
Richard ("Dick") Gregory was born on this day.
Nightclub comedian and actor Nipsey Russell born in Buffalo, New York.
Author Lerone Bennett, Jr. was born on this day.
Gospel singer, Mahalia Jackson, born, 1911
Ruby Dee (Born Ruby Ann Wallace) was born on this day.
Rock legend Jimi Hendrix was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Actress Ester Rolle was born in Pompano Beach, Florida.
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 →
Dewey "Pigmeat" Markham, comedian, popular for his "here comes de judge" routine on television's Laugh-In, dies
R&B singer Rufus Thomas known for songs such as "Do the Funky Chicken" and "Walking the Dog" died. He was 84.
Ernest Dickerson wins the New York Film Critics Circle Award for best cinematography for the Spike Lee movie, "Do the Right Thing".
Actress Cicely Tyson is born in New York, New York.
James Amos Porter wrote the definitive book, Modern Negro Art (1943, 1969, 1992); head, Department of Art, Howard University from 1953-1970; painter... Continue →
Oprah Winfrey was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi. She went on to become a celebrated talk show hostess, actress, movie producer and business woman.
Bryant Gumble resigns after 15 years as host of NBC's Today Show
Richard Parsons, chief executive, is tapped to be the next chairman of AOL Time Warner.
Jackie Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
First Black American woman aviator, Bessie Coleman was born, 1893
World renowned opera singer, Leontyne Price, makes her debut at the Metropolitan Opera House
Author Ralph Ellison's novel Invisible Man wins the National Book Award
Louis Armstrong's "Hello Dolly" recording becomes his first and only number one record.
DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince win the first rap Grammy for the hit single "Parents Just Don't Understand."
Halle Berry becomes the first black woman to win an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the movie "Monster's Ball."
Cab Calloway recorded "Minnie the Moocher"-the first jazz album to sell a million copies.
Playwright August Wilson won his second Pulitzer Prize for drama with the play "The Piano Lesson."
Alice Walker is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Color Purple. Ten days later the novel will also win the American Book Award for fiction.
Bill Cosby's successful show of upper middle class black family life ran its final original episode after an eight season run.
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 →
Abolitionist, inventor, entrepreneur, James Forten was born in Philadelphia, PA, 1766 on this date.
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 →
On this date in 1783, Richard Allen, founder of the AME Church, purchases his freedom with his earnings as a self-employed teamster.
On this date in 1963, Katherine Dunham (1909-2006). With the "Aida" production in 1963, Katherine Dunham becomes the first Black choreographer for... Continue →
On this date in 1960, Comedian and television actor, Damon Wayans was born.
On this date in 1923, George Washington Carver of Tuskegee Institute received the Spingarn Medal, the NAACP's highest award, for distinguished... Continue →
On this date in 1848, Inventor and engineer, Louis Latimer was born.
Our Nig by Harriet Wilson, the first novel published in the U.S. by an African American woman, is published. It was lost for years until reprinted... Continue →
On this date in 1804, Absalom Jones ordained a priest in the Protestant Episcopal Church.
On this date in 1978, Rapper, Model, Actress, Inga DeCarlo Fung Marchand, better known by her stage name Foxy Brown was born.
O this date in 1930,tenor saxophonist Theodore Walter "Sonny" Rollins, a powerful force in American jazz, was born.
On this date in 1965, Actress Dorothy Danridge (41) dies in Hollywood.
On this date in 1979, Robert Guillaume wins an Emmy for best actor in a comedy series for Soap
On this date in 1946, Singer and musician, Billy Preston was born.
On this date in 1934, Poet Sonia Sanchez was born Wilsonia Benita Driver in Birmingham, Alabama.
On this date in 1908, Writer Richard Wright, author of "Native Son" and "Black Boy" was born.
On this date in 1816, Kentucky abolitionist and founder of Berea College, John Gregg Fee was born.
on this day in 1965, Father Divine, born George Baker, dies in Philadelphia.
On this date in 1977, Quincy Jones wins an Emmy for musical composition for the miniseries Roots. It is one of nine Emmy's for the series.
On this date in 1943, singer,dancer, actress Lola Falana 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 →
On this date in 1981, Isabel Sanford wins an Emmy award as best comedic actress for The Jeffersons
On this date in 1948, Tony Award winning Broadway singer Nell Carter was born.
On this date in 1886, Philosopher and first Black Rhodes Scholar, Alain L. Locke was born.
On this date in 1967, Track star Michael Johnson was born today
ON this date in 1943, Actor and activist, Paul Robeson, portrays Othello for the 296th time at New York City's Shubert Theater.
On this dated in 1933, Emperor Jones, starring Paul Robeson as Brutus Jones is released by United Artists. It is Robeson's first starring movie role... Continue →
On this date in 1925, blues singer Ripley "B.B." King was born in Itta Benna, Mississipi.
On this dated in 1889, in Sanford, Florida of Claude A. Barnett founder of the Associated Negro Press, the first and only Black news wire services in... Continue →
On this 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 1968, Julia premieres on NBC with Diahann Carroll in the title role. It is the first modern television show to star an African... Continue →
On this date in 1861, it was the First day of school for freedmen founded at Fortress Monroe, Va., with a Black teacher, Mary Peake.
On this date in 1989, Gordon Parks' film The Learning Tree is registered in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. It joins other... Continue →
On this date in 1956, theFirst international conference of Black writes and artists met at the Sorbonne in Paris.
On this date in 1941, Singer Otis Redding born in Dawson, GA
On this date in 1931, Brook Benton, holder of 16 gold records including "A Rainy Night in Georgia", was born
On this date in 1984, The Cosby Show premieres on NBC.
On this date in 1885, Pianist Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
On this date in 1954, actress Shari Belafonte, daughter of singer Harry Belafonte, born in New York City.
On this date in 1954, Playwright George C. Wolfe was born
On this date in 1930, Blind composer, singer and musician Ray Charles Robinson born in Albany, Georgia.
ON this date in 1926, Innovative and famed jazz musician, John Coltrane was born.
On this dated in 1953, Take a Giant Step, drama by playwright Louis Peterson, opened on Broadway.
On this date in 1894, Sociologist and author Edward Franklin Frazier was born on this day. During his lofe time Frazier published 8 books, 89... Continue →
On this date in 1991, Spencer Williams's 1942 movie Blood of Jesus is among the third group of 25 films added to the Library of Congress's National... Continue →
On this date in 1968, The Studio Museum of Harlem opens in NYC
On this date in 1937, Singer Bessie Smith dies of injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Clarksdale, Mississippi.
On this dated in 1867, Business and civic leader, Maggie L Walker was born.
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 1912, The first blues song, William Christopher Handy publishes Memphis Blues, 1912
ON this date in 1876, Edward Mitchell Bannister wins a bronze medal for his painting Under the Oaks at the American Centennial Exposition, in... Continue →
On this date in 1964, Zoologist Roger Arliner Young died. Ms. Young was the first African American woman to receive a doctorate degree in zoology.
On this date in 1956, Mattiwilda Dobbs become the first African American to sing a romantic lead at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. ... Continue →
On this date in 1958, Sam Cooke, Bobby Womack, and Lou Rawls were injured in an automobile accident new Marion, Arkansas. The accident takes the... Continue →
On this day in 1877, Roland Hayes, the first African American to give a recital in Boston's Symphony Hall, was born.
On this day in 1989, Four African Americans win Tony Awards for Black and Blue
On this day in 1973, Arna Bontemps (72), writer and educator, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee.
On this day in 1972, Angela Davis was acquitted by white jury in San Jose, California, of charges stemming from a 1970 courtroom shoot-out.
On this day in 1940, the American Negro Theater was organized by Frederick O'Neal and Abram Hill.
On this day in 1939, Children's Advocate Marian Wright Edelman was born.
On this date in 1958, Composer, musician and singer Prince Rogers Nelson born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
On this date in 1917, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas.
On this day in 1868, Marie Laveau, the "Queen of the Voodoo," was dethroned because of old age. Believed to be born in New Orleans in 1794 and died... Continue →
On this day in 1941, Marcus Garvey (52) died in London, England.
On this day in 1910, Rhythm & blues singer Howlin' Wolf is born Chester Arthur Burnett in West Point, Mississippi. His most popular and influential... Continue →
IN this day in 1886, the Georgia State Supreme Court sustained the will of the late David Dickson, thus making Amanda Eubanks, the daughter of a... Continue →
The first known monument erected by African Americans to honor one of our heroes is dedicated to Richard Allen in Philadelphia's Fairmont park.
On this day in 1946, Marla Gibbs, television personality, born
On this day in 1941, John Edgar Wideman, Rhodes scholar, writer, born
On this day in 1939, The Ethel Waters Show, a variety special appears on NBC. It is the first time an African American appears on television
On this day in 1968, Ellen Holly becomes the first African American on daytime television as Carla on One Life to Live.
On this day in 1921, Erroll Garner born in Pittsburgh,PA
On this day in 1991, Natalie Cole's album, Unforgettable is released.
On this day in 1975, Adam Wade hosts the Nationally televised game show Musical Chairs. He is the first African American game show host.
On this date in 1948, Actress Phylicia Rashad was born in Houston, Texas.
ON this date in 1937, Journalist Robert Clyve Maynard, owner, editor and publisher of "The Oakland Tribune," was born in the borough of Brooklyn, NY.
On this date in 1928, Blues singer, "the Godfather of Soul," James Brown was born in Pulaski, Tennessee.
On this date in 1941, Tuskegee scientist George Washington Carver was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the University of Rochester.
ON this date in 1930, Actor Geoffrey Holder was born on the island of Trinidad, British West Indies.
On this date in 1991, Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, art historian, becomes dean of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
On this date in 1952, Juanita James was born. She is a writer, who has been coined, "The gatekeeper of prose."
ON this date in 1979, artist Charles White (61) dies in Los Angeles.
On this date in 1974, Frank Robinson named manager of the Cleveland Indians and became the first Black manager in the major leagues.
On this day in 1956, Nat King Cole was the first black performer to host his own tv show.
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 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 1872, Educator, Booker T Washington, leaves Malden, West VA to enter Hampton Institute.
On this date in 1871, Fisk Jubilee Singers began first national tour.
On this date in 1988,Jazz and ballad singer Billy Daniels dies in Los Angeles.
On this date in 1934, Playwright Imamu Amiri Baraka born Everett LeRoi Jones in Newark, New Jersey.
ON this date in 1931, Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu born.
On this date in 1891, Archibald John Motley, painter, born
On this date in 1890, Humphrey H. Reynolds, patents Safety Gate for Bridges, Patent No. 437,937
On this date in 1888, Sargent C. Johnson, pioneering artist of the Harlem Renaissance , known for his wood, cast stone, and ceramic sculptures, born
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 1984, W Wilson Goode becomes the 1st African American mayor of Philadelphia
On this date in 1974, Professional baseball player, Frank Robinson,becomes the manager of the Cleveland Indians and the first Black manager of a... Continue →
ON this date in 1888, Obadiah. B. Clare, patents Trestle, Patent# 390,753
On this date in 1806, Mathematician Benjamin Banneker (74) dies, in Ellicott's Mills, Maryland.
ON this date in 1978, Congressman Ralph H. Metcalfe (68) dies in Chicago.
On this date in 1961, Otis M. Smith appointed to Michigan Supreme Court. Otis M. Smith Scholarship
On this date in 1935, Porgy and Bess premieres in New York City
On this date in 1901, Frederick Douglass Patterson, veterinarian and founder of the United Negro College Fund, born
On this date in 1865, Jamaican national hero, Paul Bogle, leads a successful protest march to the Morant Bay Courthouse.
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 1902, Noted poet, Arna W Bontemps was born.
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 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 1834, Harry Blair patents his corn-planting machine. The planter resembled a wheelbarrow, with a compartment to hold the seed and... Continue →
On this date in 1969, Wyomia Tyus becomes the first person to win a gold medal in the 100 meter race in two consecutive Olympic games.
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 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 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 1849, George Washington Williams, the first major Black historian, born in Bedford Springs, Pennsylvania.
ON this date in 1849, Charles L. Reason named professor of belles-lettres and French at Central College, McGrawville, New York. William G. Allen and... Continue →
On this date in 1956, Mae C. Jemison was born the youngest of three children of Charlie and Dorothy Jemison, a maintenance worker and schoolteacher.... Continue →
On this date in 1817, Samuel Ringgold Ward, minister, abolitionist, author, born on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
ON this date in 1945, Actor, singer, athlete and activist, Paul Robeson, receives Spingarn Medal, 1945
On this date in 1936, Johnetta Betsch Cole was born on this day.
On this date in 1859, Co-founder of Virginia State College, Byrd Prillerman, born.
On this date in 1980, Valerie Thomas invented the illusion transmitter. Patent #US4229761.
On this date in 1979, The Black Fashion Museum is opened in Harlem by Lois Alexander to highlight the achievements and contributions of African... Continue →
On this date in 1917, Dizzy Gillespie, trumpeter & pioneer of 'behop' jazz was born.
On this date in 1872, John H Conyers becomes the first African American to enter the US Naval Academy.
ON this date in 1953, Clarence S. Green becomes the first African-American certified in neurological surgery.
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 1940, in Tres Coracoes, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, generally known as Pelé, is born.
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.
Ot this date in 1935, the first Black-authored play to become a long-run Broadway hit, Langston Hughes' "Mulatto" opens, 1935
On this date in 1940, Benjamin O Davis becomes the first Black general in US Army.
On this date in 1977, Dr. Clifford R. Wharton Jr. named chancellor of the State University of New York.
ON this date in 1934, at a New York City conference, representatives of the NAACP and the American Fund for Public Service planned a coordinated... Continue →
On this date in 1921, Solomon Porter Hood named minister to Liberia.
On this dated in 1806, Benjamin Banneker, inventor and scientist, dies at the age of 74. In 1753, he borrowed a pocket watch from a well-to-do... Continue →
On this dated in 1981, Andrew Young, Former UN Ambassador, elected mayor of Atlanta.
On this date in 1954, B.O. Davis Jr. became the first Black general in the U.S. Air Force.
On this date in 1981, Edward M. McIntrye elected first Black mayor of Augusta, Georgia.
On this date in 1981, William O. Walker (85), publisher of the Cleveland Call and Post newspaper, dies. In 1932, Walker became the publisher and... Continue →
On this date in 1945, Actress Melba Moore was born in New York city.
On this date in 1924, Dixie to Broadway, "the first real revue by Negroes," opened at Broadhurst Theater, New York City, with Florence Mills in... Continue →
On this date in 1923, Runnin' Wild opened at Colonial Theater, Broadway. Miller and Lyles Productions introduced Charleston to New York and the... Continue →
On this date in 1945, Educator, Booker T Washington, inducted into the Hall of Fame for Great Americans.
On this dated in 1900, Actor and singer, Ethel Waters was born.
On this date in 1893, Football player, William Henry Lewis, named All-American.
On this date in 1927, Dancer and singer Florence Mills (32) dies in New York City.
ON this dated in 1910, Activist, WEB Dubois, begins publication of the NAACP monthly magazine, Crisis.
ON this date in 1898, C. W. Allen Self-leveling table. Patent No.613,436
On this date in 1954, Spingarn Medal presented to Dr. Theodore K. Lawles for his research on skin-related diseases.
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 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 1920, Emperor Jones opened at the Provincetown Theater with Charles Gilpin in the title role.
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 1981, Zena Garrison becomes the 1st African American player to win the junior singles tennis championship at Wimbledon, England
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 1958, World renowned opera singer, Shirley Verrett, makes her debut in New York City, 1958
On this date in 1953, Hulan Jack was elected first Black Borough President of Manhattan, NYC.
On this date in 1949, Berlinda Tolbert played Jenny Willis, Lionel Jefferson's girlfriend, on the long running comedy "The Jefferson."
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 1879, T. Elkins puts patents on the refrigerating apparatus. U.S. patent #221,222
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 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 1968, Shirley Chisholm becomes first Black woman to be elected to Congress, representing Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NYC.
On this dated in 1956, pianist Art Tatum (46) dies in Los Angeles, California.
On this date in 1935, Maryland Court of Appeals ordered the University of Maryland to admit Donald Murray.
On this date in 1912, Woodrow Wilson elected president.
On this date in 1862, Frazier A Boutelle is commissioned as second lieutenant in the Fifth New York Calvary.
On this date in 1836, Theo Wright becomes the first Black person to get a Theology Degree in the US.
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 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 1928, the Atlanta Daily World founded by W.A. Scott Jr. The newspaper became a daily in 1933.
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, James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson composed "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing."
On this date in 1884, Novelist and dramatist, William Wells Brown, dies.
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 1868, Scott Joplin, the King of Ragtime, was born in Texarkana, Texas. A skilled pianist and composer, Joplin started a 20-year... Continue →
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, dancer Luther ("Bill") Robinson (71) dies.
On this date in 1970, B.O. Davis Sr. (93), first Black general, dies in Chicago.
On this date in 1883, abolitionist and orator, Sojourner Truth dies in Battle Creek, Michigan.
On this date in 1872, South Carolina General Assembly met in Columbia Stephen A. Swails was elected president pro tem of the senate, and Samuel J.... Continue →
ON this date in 1957, Dorothy Height, YMCA official, elected president of the National Council of Negro Women.
On this date in 1942, Rock Musician Jimi Hendrix is born in Seattle, Washington.
On this date in 1928, Marjorie Joyner was issued a patent for a permanent wave machine which could wave the hair of both white and Black people. U.S.... Continue →
On this date in 1895, the French novelist and playwright Alexandre Dumas died.
On this date in 1961, Ernie Davis became the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy.
On this date in 1949, Tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson dies in New York city.
ON this date in 1929, Motown recording executive Berry Gordy, Jr. born in Detroit, Michigan.
ON this date in 1955, Alice Childress becomes the first African American woman to receive an Obie Award for her play, "Trouble in Mind".
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 1965, Judith Jamison makes her debut with Alvin Ailey's American Dance Theater.
On this date in 1924, Congresswoman, Shirley Chisholm was born.
ON this date in 1912, Gordon Parks, filmmaker & photographer, was born
On this date in 1889, S.R. Scottron patents curtain rod. U.S. Patent 481,720
On this date in 1875, A.P. Ashbourne patents biscuit cutter. US Patent #US170460 A
On this date in 1878, Founder of the NAACP, Arthur Spingarn was born.
On this date in 1874, T.J. Byrd patents Car couplings. Patent# 157,370
On this date in 1873, Mifflin Wister Gibb elected city judge in Little Rock and became the first Black to hold such a position.
ON this date in 1992, Maya Angelou is asked to compose a poem for the inauguration of President Bill Clinton
On this date in 1989, Dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey, founder 31 years earlier of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, dies.
On this date in 1989, Andre Ware of the University of Houston becomes the first African American quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy.
On this date in 1968, Dial Press publishes Frank Yerby's "Judas My Brother"
On this date in 1953, Dr. Rufus Clement, president of Atlanta University elected to Atlanta Board of Education.
On this date in 1922, Congressman Charles C Diggs was born.
On this date in 1912, Henry Armstrong, the only boxer to hold three boxing titles simultaneously, is born in Columbus, Ohio
ON this date in 1891, Historian, Charles Harris Wesley was born.
On this date in 1884, Granville T. Woods patented his first electric device, an improved telephone transmitter.
On this date in 1970, the first Black Miss World was Jennifer Josephine Hosten who won the honor on this day.
On this date in 1964, J. Raymond Jones elected leader of New York Democratic organization (Tammany Hall).
On this date in 1964, Academy Award for best actor of the year presented (April 13) to Sidney Poitier for his performance in Lilies of the Field.
On this date in 1911, Educator Helen Gray Edmonds is born in Lawrenceville, Va
On this date in 1866, John S. Rock, lawyer and dentist died on this day. He became the first Black to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1865.
On this date in 1969, Clarence Mitchell Jr., director of the Washington Bureau of the NAACP, awarded the Spingarn Medal "for the pivotal role... Continue →
On this date in 1927, Spingarn Medal awarded to Anthony Overton, publisher, insurance executive and cosmetics manufacturer, for his achievements as a... Continue →
On this date in 1909, The New York newspaper Amsterdam News is founded. The year 1909 was an eventful one for African Americans: W. E. B. Du Bois and... 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, Spingarn Medal presented to Thurgood Marshall, director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, "for his distinguished... Continue →
On this date in 1935, Langston Hughes's play, The Mulatto, began a long run on Broadway.
On this date in 1932, Singer, "Little Richard", was born
Born on this day, Charity Earley became the first Black commissioned officer in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1942.
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 1870, Alexandre Dumas(Pere), French novelist and dramatist, dies.
Born on this day, Sarah Gorham was the first woman appointed by the AME Church in 1888, to serve as a missionary to any foreign country.
On this date in 1997, Lee Brown became Houston's first black mayor narrowly defeating businessman Rob Mosbacher.
On this date in 1997, Grambling coach,Eddie Robinson who is the winningest coach in college football history, coaches his last game.
On this date in 1981, Grace Ann Bumbry participated in a benefit concert put on by Artists to End Hunger.
On this date in 1971, Lewis Franklin Powell confirmed as Supreme Court justice despite opposition of civil rights organizations.
On this date in 1961, Dr. Frantz O. Fanon author, dies in Washington, D.C.. He penned "Black Skins, White Masks", and "Wretched of the Earth"
On this date in 1949, Blues legend Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter, dies
On this date in 1892, medicine pioneer, Theodore Lawless, was born.
On this date in 1890, Sgt. Thomas Shaw earned Congressional Medal of Honor.
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 1972, W. Sterling Cary elected president of the Nation Council of Churches.
On this date in 1941, Lester Granger named executive director 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 1953, Hulan Jack sworn in a Manhattan Borough president.
On this date in 1953, the Spingarn Medal was presented to Paul R. Williams for his achievements as an architect.
On this date in 1930, Odetta Felious Gordon, the folk singer and activist known as "Odetta" is born on this day in Birmingham, Alabama.
On this date in 1871, Annie Wealthy Holland was born, as an educator she founded the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) in North Carolina.
On this date in 1960, Poet Langston Hughes presented the Spingarn Medal and cited as "The poet laureate of the Negro race."
On this date in 1929, Mordecai W. Johnson received Spingarn Medal for his work as the first Black president of Howard University.
On this date in 1892, Physician, Dr. Miles V. Lynk, publishes the first Black medical journal.
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, Michigan Chronicle founded by Louis E. Martin.
On this date in 1933, Clerow (Flip) Wilson was, Wilson was the tenth in a family of twenty-four children, eighteen of whom survived.
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 1918, Spingarn Medal awarded to William Stanley Braithwaite, poet, literary critic and editor, for distinguished achievement in... Continue →
On this date in 1905, Famed jazz musician and father of modern jazz piano, Earl "Fatha" Hines was born
On this date in 1897, C. V. Rickey, patents Fire Escape Bracket, Patent No. 596,427
ON this date in 1941, Pioneer of blood plasma research, Dr Charles Richard Drew, establishes a pioneer blood bank in New York City.
On this date in 1939, John Amos, actor, made famous in "Good Times" television program was born.
On this date in 1931, Lonnie Elder, author and playwright (Ceremonies in Dark Old Men) and screenwriter (Sounder, A Woman Called Moses) was born
On this date in 1924, DeFord Bailey, Sr., a harmonica player, became the first Black to perform on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.
On this date in 1894, Jean Toomer, grandson of P.B.S. Pinchback, author of Cane was born
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 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 1943, W.E.B. Du Bois was the first Black elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters.
On this date in 1898, Historian and author of Destruction of Black Civilization, Dr. Chancellor Williams born
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 1970, Clifton Reginald Wharton becomes the new president of Michigan State University.
On this date in 1968, actor Cuba Gooding Jr, born , Bronx, New York.
ON this date in 1965, voter registration drive, led by Martin Luther King Jr., started in Selma, Alabama.
On this date in 1915, Historian John Hope Franklin was born.
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 1989, The Arsenio Hall Show premieres. It is the first regularly scheduled nightly talk show to star an African American.
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 1621, First African American, William Tucker, born