NAACP Founded

1793 – Congress passed the first Fugitive Slave Law. The law allowed that in order to reclaim an escaped slave, a master need only to go before a magistrate and provide oral or written proof of ownership. The magistrate would then issue an order for the arrest of the slave. The law...

Nelson Mandela is Re...

   1915  – Folk and Blues singer Josh White was born in Greenville, South Carolina. White’s music was very prominent in the 1940’s and his was a personal friend and confidant of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, but the anti-segregationist and international human...

Rosa Parks Born

1794 – The First African Methodist Episcopal Church is founded by Bishop Richard Allen of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The church is the oldest African Methodist Episcopal congregation in the nation and was created after African-American members of St. George’s...

President Truman Sen...

1862 – President Lincoln signed an act abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia. 1914 – Sculptor William Ellisworth Artis was born in Washington, North Carolina.     1915 – Biologist Ernest E. Just Receives Spingarn Medal for his pioneering work in cell...

Greensboro Sit-ins T...

1871 – Jefferson Franklin Long  becomes first Black person to speak in the House of Representatives. A politician from Georgia, he was the second African American sworn into the US House of Representatives. He spoke in opposition to the Amnesty Bill which exempted former confederates...

Martin Luther King J...

   1929 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Born Civil right leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on this date in 1929.  He was born in Atlanta, Georgia and his birth name was Michael King. His father changed both of their before they made a trip to Germany. He chose Martin...

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