Congressman John Conyers, Jr , the founder of the Congressional Black Caucus was born.
President Eisenhower signed Civil Rights Act of 1960. The Civil Rights Act of 1960 (Pub.L. 86–449, 74 Stat. 89, enacted May 6, 1960) was a United... Continue →
On May 6, 1886, M. A. Cherry created the tricycle a three wheeled vehicle that is used for transportation.
Joseph Richard Winters was an African-American abolitionist and inventor who, on May 7, 1878 received U.S. Patent number 203,517 for a wagon-mounted... Continue →
The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Poters (BSCP) ,an influential African American labor union, was organized by Founding President A. Philip Randolph,... Continue →
The South Carolina Gazette reports that a South Carolina slave and medical practitioner named Caesar granted freedom and lifetime... Continue →
Jackie Robinson appears on the cover of Life Magazine. This marked the first time an African American was featured on the cover of Life Magazine is... Continue →
Louis Farrakhan Muhammad, Sr , born Louis Eugene Walcott, was born on this day.
Summit meeting of National Negro Leaders called for stepped up campaign againts discrimination and desegregation. Then President Eisenhower was... Continue →
JOSEPH LOUIS BARROW (Joe Louis) was born on this day. Joseph Luis Barrow , the legendary "Brown Bomber," is still considered by many to be the... Continue →
John B. Mclendon becomes first African American American Basketball Association (ABA) head coach and the first African American professional head... Continue →
Camilla Ella Williams, believed to be the first African American women to sign a contract with a major American opera company, appears in the role of... Continue →
On this dated in 1867, Howard University, in Washington, D. C. named for General Oliver O. Howard, was established.
First game of the National Negro Baseball League played in Indianapolis.
J. H. Smith patents Lawn Sprinkler May 4, 1897. Patent Number 581785.
Cowboy Bill Pickett invented the technique of bulldogging, the skill of grabbing cattle by the horns and wrestling them to the ground. It was known... Continue →
Robert S. Abbott was founded The Chicago Defender with an initial investment of 25 cents. The Defender, which was once heralded as "The World's... Continue →
1988 - Dr. Patricia E. Bath, a remowned opthalmologist and inventor, patents Laserphaco Probe on this day.
Dr. Patricia E. Bath, a renowned ophthalmologist and inventor, patented the Laserphaco Probe, a medical device that improves on the use of lasers to... Continue →
Patricia Roberts Harris names ambassador to Luxembourg. She was the first African American woman ambassador. Quote -"You do not seem to... Continue →
Christopher J. Perry, a pioneering black businessman who championed racial equality, established the Philadelphia Tribune in 1884. The Tribune is... Continue →
Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., pilot, officer, and administrator, became the first African American officer to reach the rank of major general (a two-star... Continue →
Landrow Bell patents Locomotive Smoke Stack on this day. Patent #115,153.
Racial Segregation in Washington, D. C. ruled illegal by the city's Municipal Court of Appeals.
Miles Davis, American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer was born on this date. Miles Davis was, together with his musical... Continue →
National Black Economic Development Conference adopted manifesto in Detroit meeting calling for $500 Million in reparations from white churches.
Doris (Dorie) Miller, a Messman Third Class in the United States Navy noted for his bravery during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941,... Continue →
Singer, songwriter, businesswoman, humanitarian and author Gladys Knight , "The Empress of Soul" was born in Atlanta, Georgia on this date.
Thomas J. "Tom" Bradley elected Mayor of Los Angeles on this date. Bradley was the 38th Mayor of Los Angeles, serving from 1973 to 1993. He was... Continue →
South Africa rejoined the Commonwealth after an absence of 33 years.
Sojourner Truth leaves New York and begins career as an antislavery activist.
The 5th National Negro Convention meets in Philadelphia and urged African Americans to abandon the use of terms "African" and "colored" when... Continue →
James A. Healy, first African American Roman Catholic Bishop, consecrated in the cathedral at Portland, Maine.
Kenneth Irvine Chenault is an American business executive. Chenault has been the CEO and Chairman of American Express since 2001and is the third... Continue →
Wesley A. Brown becomes first African American graduate of Annapolis Naval Academy.
Baltimore Orioles Manager Frank Robinson names Assistant General Manager on this date. Robinson was the third African American to become an... Continue →
1973 - Doris A. Davis becomes the first African-American woman mayor of a metropolitan city in the United States.
Doris A. Davis, of Compton California, becomes the first African-American woman mayor of a metropolitan city in the United States.
Federal Court Rules that racial segregation on Montgomery City buses violated Constitution.
Mae C. Jemison, M. D. was chosen by NASA to begin training as a space shuttle astronaut on this date.
Calvin Peete was a professional golfer who won 12 PGA events during his long career. Peete was famous for his ability to hit long and accurate... Continue →
Respecting Negro demand, the New York Times announces that the "N" in the word "Negro" and "Negress" would be capitalized in its pages. The New York... Continue →
Oliver W. Hill elected to Richmond, Virginia, City Council becoming the first African American to do so since Reconstruction.
Heavy Weight Boxer Jack Johnson dies on this date.
Oscar Award Winning Actress Hattie McDanial born on this date.
African Methodist Episcopal Church founder Richard Allen was born on this date. Allen was born a slave near Philadelphia.
Nelson Mandela was sentenced to Life imprisonment for allegedly attempting to sabotage the White South African government.
United States Congressman Charles Rangel born on this date
The National Black MBA Assciation is incorporated.
Medgar W. Evers , NAACP field secretary in Mississippi, assassinated in front of his Jackson home by a segregationist.
Thurgood Marshall, United States Solicitor General, name to the Supreme Court by President Johnson. Marshall was confirmed by the Senate on August... Continue →
Congressman William Gray elected Democratic Whip of the House of Representatives, the highest ranking position ever held by a African American in... Continue →
Cheryl Adrienne Brown wins Miss Iowa pageant and becomes the first African American to compete in the Miss America beauty pageant.
Henry O. Flipper receives degree at West Point and becomes the first African American graduate.
Tiger Woods wins U. S. Open Gold Tournament.
United States Supreme Court rules that the suspension of Clayton Powel Jr. from the House of Representatives was unconstitutional.
Tennis Great Venus Williams born.
Supreme Court banned racial discrimination in sale and rental of housing.
Slavery Abolished in United States territories in congress.
Albert W. dent, president of Dillard University, elected president of National Health Council.
Muhammad Ali convicted in Houston, Texas in federal court for violating Selective Service Act by refusing induction into the armed services. Ali was... Continue →
National Congress of Racial Equality organized
Marcus Garvey sentenced to five years in prison after his conviction on charges of using the mail to defraud.
United States Supreme Court (Guinn v United States) said "Grandfather Clause" in the Oklahoma and Maryland constitutions violated the 15th Amendment.
Richard Nixon signed bill extending Voting Rights Act of 1965 to 1975.
Joe Louis defeated James J. Barddock for heavyweight boxing championship.
Ezzard Charles defeats Jersey Joe Walcott for the world heavy weight championship.
Maynard Jackson, three term mayor of Atlanta, dies at the age of 65.
Wilma Glodean Rudolph, the first African American women to with three gold medals, was born on this dated in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Mary Mcleod Bethune , founder-president of Bethune-Cookman College, named Director of Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration. Mary was... Continue →
John R. Lynch, former congressman from Mississippi, elected temporary chairmen of Republican convention and becomes the first African American to... Continue →
Lincoln Alexander becomes the first black member of the Canadian Parliament.
Isaiah Dorman dies at battle to Little Bighorn under the leadership of Colonel George Custer.
Prince Edward County, Virginia, Board of Supervisors abandoned school system to prevent integration.
James Weldon Johnson dies of injuries received in an automobile accident near his summer home in Wiscosset, Maine.
W. E. B. DuBois resigns from his position at the NAACP in a disagreement over policy and racial strategy.
United States Supreme Court Thurgood Marshall announces his retirement.
Frederick Jones invents the ticket dispensing machine, patent #2163754.
Major Robert H. Lawrence Jr. named First African American astronaut. Major Lawrence was killed during a training flight on December 8, 1967.
Actress -Singer Lena Horne was born in Brooklyn, New York.
Dr. Mae Jemison became the first African-American woman in space when she launched from the Kennedy Center to join Spacelab J, a joint U.S.-Japanese... Continue →
Alonzo Pietro, explorer, sets sail with Christopher Columbus.
Marcus Mosiah Garvey arrives in America from Jamaica.
African Freedom Day is declared at the All-African People's Conference in Accra, Ghana.
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 →
John Stephens Durham, assistant editor of the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, named minister to Haiti.
On this date in 1960, Leopold Sedar Senghor, poet, politician, is elected President of Senegal.
On this date in 1968, the Kingdom of Swaziland was founded.
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 1885, Moses A. Hopkins, minister and educator, named minister to Liberia.
On this date in 1913, James Cleveland Owens, better known as Jesse Owens, winner of four gold medals at the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin, was born
On this date in 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 1877, John Mercer Langston named minister of Haiti.
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 1997, Kofi Annan of Ghana becomes first black secretary of United Nations.
On this date in 1808, the federal law prohibiting the importation of African slaves went into effect.
On this day in 1854, James Augustine Healy, first Black American Roman Catholic bishop, ordained a priest in Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.
On this day in 1840, the World's Anti-Slavery Convention convenes in London, England.
ON this day in 1976, Hector Petersen, a 13 year old Soweto schoolboy is the first to die in what will become the "Children's Crusade", the first... Continue →
ON this date in 1953, Egypt becomes a republic after the forced abdication of King Farouk I.
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 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 1966, The Kingdom of Lesotho declared its independence
ON this date in 1931, Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu born.
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 1865, Jamaican national hero, George William Gordon, is unfairly arrested and sentenced to death.
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 1935, Italy invaded Ethiopia. American Blacks held mass meetings of protest and raised funds for the Ethiopian defenders.
On this date in 1921, Solomon Porter Hood named minister to Liberia.
On this dated in 1974, Muhammad Ali defeated George Foreman for heavyweight boxing title in Zaire.
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 dated in 1930, upon the death of the Ethiopian Empress Zawditu, Haile Selassie was crowned emperor of Ethiopia.
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 1841, Thirty-five Amistad survivors returned to Africa.
On this date in 1841, the liberators of the ship Amistad set sail for Africa aboard the Gentleman.
On this date in 1774, The Continental Congress will no longer allow the importation of slaves.
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 1981, Grace Ann Bumbry participated in a benefit concert put on by Artists to End Hunger.
On this date in 1895, Sir Milton Margai, first Prime Minister of Sierra Leone, is born