Guess Who’s Co...

1967 – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Premieres Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, a groundbreaking movie that focused on the challenges of an interracial romantic relationship opened in theaters on this date in 1967. The film starred industry stalwarts Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy,...

Singer Sam Cooke Kil...

1964 – Singer Sam Cooke Killed in Los Angeles Sam Cooke, a charter member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was killed on this day in 1964. Cooke, ranked the 4th Greatest Singer of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine, was shot to death at the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California....

Otis Redding Dies in...

1967 – Legendary Musician Otis Redding Dies in Plane Crash Otis Redding, the singer and songwriter behind such hits as “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” and “RESPECT” died on this date in 1967. The plane carrying Redding and members of his backup band The...

Black Panthers Fred ...

1969 – Black Panther Fred Hampton Shot to Death Fred Hampton, 21, a prominent member of the Black Panthers was gunned down by 14 police officers along with fellow member Mark Clark, 22, as they lie sleeping in their Chicago, Illinois, apartment. Police claimed to kill the two in what...

Archie Griffin Wins Second Heisman Dec02

Archie Griffin Wins ...

Archie Griffin Win Second Heisman 1975 – Archie Griffin, running back for Ohio State University becomes the first player in history to win the Heisman Trophy two years in a row. In 1974, Griffin became only the fifth player in history to win the Heisman trophy, annual awarded to the...

Wendell Scott Becomes 1st Black NASCAR Winner Dec01

Wendell Scott Become...

On December 1, 1963, Wendell Scott became the first Black driver to win a race on NASCAR’s highest level, the Grand National Series. He finished the race at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida two laps ahead of the the second place finisher Buck Baker, however Scott was not announced...

Rosa Parks is Arrest...

Rosa Parks Arrested Rosa Parks was arrested on December 1, 1955 for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. Her actions were seen by many as starting point in the civil rights era. Her actions brought about the Birmingham Bus Boycotts in which Blacks demonstrated their defiance...

Football Player Jack Trice Dies Oct08

Football Player Jack...

Jack Trice, an offensive lineman playing in his second game for what is now known as Iowa State University, died the following day, October 8, 1923, from injuries sustained during the game against the University of Minnesota. Trice was alleged to have been targeted by the Minnesota team for...

Charlie Sifford Breaks the PGA Color Barrier Jun11

Charlie Sifford Brea...

On June 11, 1959, Charlie Sifford became the first Black player to take part in a a Pro Golfers Association event at the U.S. Open. Two years later, the PGA remove a provision in its bylaw which prevented Black from being members of the PGA. Sifford would become its first member and won two...

Lincoln University Founded Apr29

Lincoln University F...

1854 – Lincoln University, a Historically Black College University,was chartered on April 29, 1954 in  Oxford, Pennsylvania. 1992 – The Rodney King Trial Verdict Announced – A Simi Valley jury acquitted four Los Angeles police officers in the beating of motorist Rodney King....

Muhammad Ali refuses...

 On this day in 1967, Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali refused induction into the United States Army on religious grounds. As a result, he was stripped of his Heavyweight title and was convicted of draft evasion and sentenced to five years in prison and given a $10,000.00 fine. He was...

The First Black Player Drafted In The NBA Apr25

The First Black Play...

 The Boston Celtics selected Chuck Cooper in the second round of the 1950 NBA Draft, making him the first African American drafted in the NBA. Celtics owner Walter Brown famously said he didn’t care whether Cooper was “striped, plaid or polka dot,” after he was chosen....

Hank Aaron Hit First Home Run Apr23

Hank Aaron Hit First...

 On this day in day in 1954, Henry “Hank” Aaron hit his first home run agains the St. Louis Cardinals. Aaron would be elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame after breaking Babe Ruth home run record in 1974. He retired with the all time home run record of 755 which...

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...

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 Charlie...

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 House...

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