The Guardian newspaper was founded by William Monroe Trotter in Boston, Massachusetts.
BET Holdings, Inc. the parent company of Black Entertainment Television sells 4.2 million shares of stock in an initial public offering on the NYSE,... Continue →
Jet magazine founded by John H. Johnson, publisher of Ebony magazine.
Bill and Camille Cosby gave an unprecedented gift of $20 million to Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Guardian newspaper was founded by William Monroe Trotter in Boston, Massachusetts.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., founded on the campus of Howard University, 1911
National Negro Medical Association founded, 1895
Frederick Douglass, along with Martin R Delaney, started "The North Star", an anti-slavery paper, 1847
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority incorporated on this date.
Oprah Winfrey was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi. She went on to become a celebrated talk show hostess, actress, movie producer and business woman.
Time, Inc. agrees to sell NYT Cable for $420 million, to a group led by J. Bruce Llewellyn, the largest cable TV acquisition by an African American
Fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma, founded at Howard University, 1914. Among the founders were Langston Taylor, Leonard F. Morse and C.I. Brown. Special... Continue →
Richard Parsons, chief executive, is tapped to be the next chairman of AOL Time Warner.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, founded at Howard University in 1908, incorporated.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, founded at Cornell University in 1906, incorporated.
First Black newspaper, Freedom's Journal, published in New York City.
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 →
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 1859, Co-organizer of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, John Merrick was born.
On this dated in 1889, in Sanford, Florida of Claude A. Barnett founder of the Associated Negro Press, the first and only Black news wire services in... Continue →
On this date in 1881, Booker T. Washington opens Tuskegee Institute in Alabama
On this dated in 1907, The People's Savings Bank is incorporated in Philadelphia by former African American congressman George H. White of North... Continue →
On this date in 1915, Xavier University, the first Black Catholic college in the US, opens in New Orleans.
On this date in 1875, Branch Normal College opens in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Branch Normal College was a segregated unit of the state university, the... Continue →
ON this date in 1938, Morgan State College was established. Morgan State University is a historically black college in Baltimore, Maryland, United... Continue →
On this date in 1973 - WGPR is given a permit and becomes the 1ST television station owned by African Americans.
On this day in 1919, Liberty Life Insurance Company (Chicago), the first old-line legal reserve company organized by Blacks in the North,... Continue →
On this day in 1946, Mississippi Valley State University was founded in Itta Bena, Mississippi.
On this day in 1869, Dillard University chartered in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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 1949, the First Black radio station, WERD, begins operating in Atlanta, Georgia.
On this date in 1856, Timothy ("T.") Thomas Fortune was born on this day.
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 1864, The first African American daily newspaper, the New Orleans Tribune is published in both French and English.
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 1890, Alabama Penny Savings Bank organized in Birmingham.
ON this date in 1849, Avery College established in Allegheny, Pennsylvania.
On this date in 1969, Dr. Clifton R. Wharton Jr. elected president of Michigan State University and became the first Black to head a major,... Continue →
On this date in 1888, Capital Savings Bank of Washington, D.C., the first Black bank, opened in Washington, D.C. The Savings Bank of the Order of... Continue →
On this date in 1859, Co-founder of Virginia State College, Byrd Prillerman, born.
On this date in 1898, North Carolina Mutual and Provident Insurance Company founded by John Merrick and associates in Durham, North Carolina as the... Continue →
On this date in 1989, Bertram M. Lee and Peter C.B. Bynoe sign an agreement to purchase the National Basketball Association's Denver Nuggets for $54... Continue →
On this date in 1980, Valerie Thomas invented the illusion transmitter. Patent #US4229761.
On this date in 1865, Jamaican national hero, George William Gordon, is unfairly arrested and sentenced to death.
On this date in 1955, the first black post office open, Atlanta Georgia.
ON this date in 1953, Clarence S. Green becomes the first African-American certified in neurological surgery.
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 1948, Rep. Kweisi Mfume who was born Frizzell Gray in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1996 Mfume became president of the NAACP.
On this date in 1892, In New Orleans, 25,000 Black workers strike.
On this date in 1892, Lincoln F. Brown patents Bridle bit. Patent No. 484,994
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 1978, President Carter signed Hawkins-Humphrey full employment bill.
On this date in 1914, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity incorporated,founded at Howard University.
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 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 1942, John H. Johnson published first issue of Negro Digest.
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 dated in 1903, Business and civic leader, Maggie L Walker, opens the St Luke Penny Savings Bank in Richmond, Virginia.
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 1879, T. Elkins puts patents on the refrigerating apparatus. U.S. patent #221,222
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 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 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 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 1928, the Atlanta Daily World founded by W.A. Scott Jr. The newspaper became a daily in 1933.
On this date in 1884, Novelist and dramatist, William Wells Brown, dies.
On this date in 1971, a Prison rebellion occurred at Rahway State Prison, New Jersey.
On this date in 1880, Southern University established.
On this date in 1955, Interstate Commerce Commission banned segregation in buses and waiting rooms involved in interstate travel.
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 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 1929, Motown recording executive Berry Gordy, Jr. born in Detroit, Michigan.
On this date in 1875, A.P. Ashbourne patents biscuit cutter. US Patent #US170460 A
On this date in 1992, Pearl Stewart becomes the first black woman editor of the "Oakland Tribune, which has a circulation of over 100,000.
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, Bennett College, Wiley College, and Alabama State College were founded.
On this date in 1884, Granville T. Woods patented his first electric device, an improved telephone transmitter.
On this date in 1964, Independence Bank of Chicago organized.
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 1935, Educator, Mary McLeod Bethune, founds National Council of Negro Women.
On this date in 1935, Langston Hughes's play, The Mulatto, began a long run on Broadway.
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 1960, In Tucson, 500 store owners, Arizona signed pledges of nondiscrimination.
On this date in 1869, National Black labor convention met in Washington.
On this date in 1869, Clark, Claflin, Dillard and Tougaloo Colleges and universities were founded.
On this date in 1981, John Jacobs is named president of the National Urban League.
On this date in 1941, Lester Granger named executive director of the National Urban League.
On this date in 1984, The first nationally broadcast telethon for the United Negro College fund is held and raises 14.1 million.
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, Two U.S. courts issued temporary injunctions to prevent eviction of about seven hundred Black sharecroppers in Haywood and... Continue →
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 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 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 1892, Livingstone and Biddle College (now Johnson C. Smith) play the first African American intercollegiate football game.
On this date in 1956, Birmingham Blacks began mass defiance of Jim Crow bus laws.
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 1881, Exodus of five thousand Blacks from Edgefield County, South Carolina. Migrants, protesting exploitation and violence, settled... Continue →
On this date in 1815, Henry Highland Garnet, minister, abolitionist and diplomat, born a slave in Kent County, Maryland.
On this date in 1873, Abolitionist Charles Lenox Remond dies. He was the first Black lecturer employed by the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society.