Martin Luther King, Jr.’s House Bombed...

1956 – Home of Martin Luther King Jr Home of Martin Luther King Jr. Montgomery bus boycott leader bombed. 1900 – John Parker, Underground Railroad Conductor died Born: 1827 Died: January 30, 1900 Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia John P. Parker was born in Norfolk, Virginia , the son of a white father and a slave mother. He was sold to a slave agent from Richmond, Virginia at age eight. Parker worker for two years at a foundry and the New Orleans docks as a steved… 1844 – Richard Theodore Greener Richard Theodore Greener becomes the first African American to graduate from Harvard University  ...

Oprah Winfrey Born

1954 – Oprah Winfrey birthday American television personality whose syndicated daily talk show is among the most popular was born in Kosciusko, Miss. 1926 – Violette Neatley Anderson Violette Neatley Anderson is the first African American woman admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court 1981 – William R. “Cozy” Cole, jazz drummer, dies. William R. “Cozy” Cole, jazz drummer, dies. His recording of “Topsy” became the only drum solo to sell more than one million...

Matthew Henson Receives a Joint Medal from Congress Jan28

Matthew Henson Receives a Joint Medal from Congress...

1944 – Matthew Henson receives a joint medal by Congress Matthew Henson receives a joint medal by Congress for his role as co-discoverer of the North Pole 1934 – Baseball Outfielder William “Bill” White born Baseball outfielder William “Bill” White was born in Lakewood, Ohio. Now baeball’s National League President, White played in 1,673 games and ended his career with a .286 batting average on 1,706 hits. He won the Golden Glove award in 1960 and 1966. 1938 – First Black Woman elected to a state legislature Crystal Byrd Fauset was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 1970 – Arthur Ashe, first Black male to win Wimbledon, is denied entry to Arthur Ashe, first Black male to win Wimbledon, is denied entry to compete on the US Team for the South African Open tennis championships due to Ashe’s sentiments on South Africa’s racial policies 1986 – Ronald McNair dies in Challenger disaster On this day in 1986 astronaut Ronald McNair died in the space shuttle Challenger disaster. Surviving him are his wife Cheryl McNair and children. 1989 – Colgate Redesigns “Darkie” Toothpaste After 62 years of racial caricatures, Colgate-Palmolive Co. redesigned packaging for its “Darkie” toothpaste sold in Asia. The logo for the toothpaste, previoulsy a black face sambo character named “Darkie,” was renamed “Darlie” and replaced with a...

Ralph Ellison wins National Book Award....

Ralph Ellison’s powerful novel, Invisible Man, wins the National Book Award. Ralph Ellison’s powerful novel, Invisible Man, wins the National Book Award. 1972 – Mahalia Jackson Gospel music legend Mahalia Jackson dies this day in Evergreen Park,...

Executive Order 9981, to end segregation in US Armed Forces is signed by President Harry Truman Jan26

Executive Order 9981, to end segregation in US Armed Forces is signed by President Harry Truman...

 1948 – Executive Order 9981, to end segregation in US Armed Forces is signed by Preside Executive Order 9981, to end segregation in US Armed Forces is signed by President Harry Truman 1893 – First Black American woman aviator, Bessie Coleman was born, 1893 First Black American woman aviator, Bessie Coleman was born, 1893 1944 – Activist, Angela Davis was born Activist, Angela Davis was born 1958 – Birthday of Anita Baker, Grammy award winning singer. Birthday of Anita Baker, Grammy award winning...

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