On this day in 1967, U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Virginia law banning inter-racial marriage was unconstitutional.
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 1958, the District of Columbia Bar Association votes to accept African Americans as members.
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 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 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 1915, Attorney James L. Curtis named minister of Liberia.
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 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 1966, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale students at a California college create the Black Panther Party for Self Defense.
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 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 1935, Maryland Court of Appeals ordered the University of Maryland to admit Donald Murray.
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 1862, Frazier A Boutelle is commissioned as second lieutenant in the Fifth New York Calvary.
On this date in 1989, Renowned attorney Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander dies in Philadelphia.
ON this date in 1920, James Weldon Johnson became the first Black executive secretary of the NAACP.
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 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 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 1873, Mifflin Wister Gibb elected city judge in Little Rock and became the first Black to hold such a position.
On this date in 1774, The Continental Congress will no longer allow the importation of slaves.
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 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 1865, Selection of the first Inter-racial jury is formed.
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 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 1971, Lewis Franklin Powell confirmed as Supreme Court justice despite opposition of civil rights organizations.
On this date in 1874, White Democrats killed seventy-five Republicans in massacre at Vicksburg, Mississippi.
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 →
ON this date in 1936, the NAACP filed first suit in campaign to equalize the salaries of Black and white teachers.
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 1965, voter registration drive, led by Martin Luther King Jr., started in Selma, Alabama.
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 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 →