Motown Records is Formed

 Motown Records was formed today in 1959 by Berry Gordy, Jr.

Vanessa Williams Bor...

 1963 – Vanessa L. Williams born Actress-singer and the first black Miss America Vanessa L. Williams is born in Millwood, New York. 1947 – Wilson Pickett born R&B singer Wilson Pickett is born in Prattville, Alabama. 1938 – Country singer Charlie Pride born Country and...

Maurice Ashley Named...

 1999 - First Black Grandmaster Maurice Ashley, an immigrant from Jamaica, was 14 and living in Brooklyn, when he feel in love with the game of chess after reading a book about Paul Morphy, a 19th-century Louisianian who was America’s first great chess player. Ever since, Ashley has...

Quincy Jones Born

 1933 – Quincy Jones was born Quincy Jones, Music Impresario, Born March 14, 1933 in Chicago’s South Side. He first fell in love with music when he was in elementary school. He settled on the trumpet after trying nearly all the instruments in his school band. At the age of 18 he won a...

Malcolm X Resigned f...

 1964 – Malcolm X resigned from the Nation of Islam Malcolm X resigned from the Nation of Islam. 1932 – Andrew Young born Andrew Young, former US United Nations ambassador, former congressman and former mayor of Atlanta, born in New Orleans, Louisiana. 1955 – Death of...

Ralph Abernathy Born

 1926 – Rev. Ralph David Abernathy born The Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, aide to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Southern Christian Leadership Conference figure, was born in Linden, Alabama. 1959 – Flip Wilson Honored Comedian and television star Flip Wilson received the...

Harriet Tubman Dies

 1913 – Death of Harriet Tubman Death of Harriet Tubman, Auburn, New York. 1969 – James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to killing M.L.K. James Earl Ray pleaded guilty in a Memphis court to charges of killing Martin Luther King Jr. He was sentenced to ninety-nine years in prison. The...

Walter F. White name...

 1931 – Walter F.White, NAACP Pres. Walter F. White named NAACP executive secretary. The NAACP has had many leaders since its beginning in 1910, but none was more determined and devoted than Walter F. White. This fair-skinned, blue-eyed man who wouldn’t pass worked a lifetime to...

Billy Eckstine Dies

 1993 – Billy Eckstine dies Singer Billy Eckstine died in Pittsburgh at age 78 1876 – U.S. Refuses to Seat P.B.S. Pinchback U.S. Senate refuses to seat P.B.S. Pinchback, elected Senator from Louisiana in 1873, after three years of...

Selma to Montgomery,...

 1965 – Civil Rights March in Alabama Through the 25th, Alabama state troopers and sheriff’s deputies dispersed Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march with tear gas and billy clubs, Three white Unitarian ministers, including Rev. James J. Reeb, attacked on streets of Selma,...

Dred Scott Decision bu the U.S. Supreme Court Mar06

Dred Scott Decision ...

 1857 – Dred Scott decision by U.S. Supreme Court Dred Scott decision by U.S. Supreme Court opened Northern territory to slavery and denied citizenship to American Blacks. 1775 – Prince Hall and fourteen other Blacks were Prince Hall and fourteen other Blacks were initiated into...

Crispus Attucks Dies in the Boston Massacre Mar05

Crispus Attucks Dies...

 1770 – Crispus Attucks On this day, Crispus Attucks, an escaped slave became the first man killed in the cause of America’s freedom. This event is better known as the ‘Boston Massacre’. 1985 – Mary McLeod Bethune commemorative stamp The Mary McLeod Bethune...

Comedian Bert Willia...

 1922 – Bert Williams–a Leading Comedian At the turn of the century Bert Williams was one of America’s stop comedians. Comedian Eddie Cantor called him a comic “genius,” W.C. Fields, a comic genius himself, once described Williams as “the funniest man I...

Rodney King Beaten by LAPD Mar03

Rodney King Beaten b...

 1991 – Rodney King is beaten by a group of white policemen in Los Angeles, Calif Rodney King is beaten by a group of white policemen in Los Angeles, Calif 1932 – Andrew Jackson Young, Jr. was born on this day. Andrew Jackson Young, Jr. was born on this day. 1821 –...

Wilt Chamberlain Scores 100 Points Mar02

Wilt Chamberlain Sco...

 1807 – Congress bans the slave trade Congress banned the slave trade, prohibiting “the importation of slaves into the United States or the territories thereof” after January 1, 1808. 1867 – Universities and Colleges established Howard University established. Also...

Harry Belafonte Born

 1927 – Harry Belafonte born Singer/Actor Harry Belafonte is born in New York. 1960 – Pope John elevated Bishop Laurian Rugambwa of Pope John elevated Bishop Laurian Rugambwa of Tanganyika to College of Cardinals, the first Black cardinal in the modern era. 1949 – Joe...

Michael Jackson Wins...

 1984 – Michael Jackson, entertainer wins 8 Grammys Musician and entertainer Michael Jackson wins eight Grammy Awards. His album, “Thriller”, broke all sales records to-date, and remains one of the top-grossing albums of all time. 1943 – Porgy and Bess opened on...

Hattie McDaniel Wins...

Feb. 29th  1940 – Hattie McDaniel wins Oscar On this day, Hattie McDaniel known for her supporting roles became the first African American to win the Oscar Award for her role as ‘Mammy’in the movie ‘Gone With The Wind’. Not only was she the first African American...

Marian Anderson Born

 1902 – Marian Anderson born 2/27/1902: On this day Marian Anderson, who will become a world-renowned opera singer and the first African American soloist to perform at hte White House , is born in Philadelphia, PA. 1988 – Debi Thomas 1st Black to win winter Olympic medal Figure...

Fats Domino Born

 1928 – Singer “Fats” Domino born Singer “Fats” Domino born. 1964 – Cassius Clay Becomes Muhammad Ali On this day, the Kentucky boxer known to all as Cassius Clay, changed his name to Muhammad Ali as he accepted Islam and rejected Christianity. “I...

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