Lincoln University Founded Apr29

Lincoln University Founded...

1854 – Lincoln University, a Historically Black College University,was chartered on April 29, 1954 in  Oxford,...

Jimmy Ellis Born Feb24

Jimmy Ellis Born

1940 – Heavy weight boxer Jimmy Ellis born Former world heavyweight boxing champion Jimmy Ellis was born James Albert Ellis in Louisville, Kentucky. Ellis won the World Boxing Association title after beating Jerry Quarry in April 1968. 1864 – First Black Woman to receive an M.D. 2/24/1864: Rebecca Lee Crumpler becomes the first black woman to receive an M.D. degree. She graduated from the New England Female Medical College. Rebecca Lee Crumpler was born in 1833. She worked from 1852-1860 as a nurse in Massachusetts. 1868 – House of Representatives voted, 126 to 47, to House of Representatives voted, 126 to 47, to impeach President Andrew...

Morehouse College Organized in Augusta, Georgia Feb14

Morehouse College Organized in Augusta, Georgia...

1867 – Morehouse College organized in Augusta, Georgia Morehouse College organized in Augusta, Georgia. The institution was later moved to Atlanta. New registration law in Tennessee abolished racial distinctions in voting. 1936 – National Negro Congress organized at Chicago National Negro Congress organized at Chicago meeting attended by 817 delegates representing more than 500 organizations. Asa Phillip Randolph of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters was elected president of the new organization. 1946 – Gregory Hines, dancer born Entertainer and dancer Gregory Hines...

University of Alabama Admits First Black Student Feb03

University of Alabama Admits First Black Student...

1956 – U of Alabama First Black Student Autherine Juanita Lucy becomes the first black student to attend the University of Alabama. She was born on October 5, 1929 in Shiloh, Alabama and attended Linden Academy from which she graduated in 1947. She then attended Selma University in Selma, Alabama and then Miles College, an all-Black school from which she graduated in 1952 with a Bachelors degree in English.  She decided to attend the University of Alabama to obtain a Masters degree and  and consulted with the NAACP, which assigned Thurgood Marshall, Constance Baker Motley and Arthur Shores as her attorney to prepare paperwork for the legal battle they knew she would have to endure. On June 29, 1955, they secured a court order preventing Lucy from being barred from applying based on her race.  The Supreme Court of the United Sates upheld this order and Lucy was able to officially register for classes. She was unable to live in any of the dormitories or to eat in any of the dining halls, however. On February 3, 1956, she enrolled in the University’s graduate program seeking a degree in Library Science. When a mob tried to bar her from entering one of the buildings, the police were called in to escort her, but the University expelled her after saying that it could not provide a safe environment for her and then claimed that she had slandered the school. A lawsuit against the University was unsuccessful and for 32 years the expulsion was in effect. In 1988, the University of Alabama reversed the decision to expel her and she was admitted to the University and received a Master’s in Elementary Education on May 9, 1992, the same day her daughter Grazia Foster also graduated, with a degree in Corporate...

Negro History Week Established Feb01

Negro History Week Established...

1926 – Negro History Week Begins What is now known as Black History Month, was first celebrated on this date as Negro History Week by Carter G. Woodson. It became a month long celebration in 1976. 1865 – First African American Before US Supreme Court John Sweat Rock (1825-1866), a noted Boston lawyer, became in 1865 the first African-American to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the first Black person to speak before the U.S. House of Representatives. 1952 – Singer Rick James born Rock/Funk singer Rick James is born 1978 – The first stamp of the U.S. Postal Service’s The first stamp of the U.S. Postal Service’s Black Heritage USA series honors Harriet Tubman, famed abolitionist and “conductor” on the Underground...

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Founded at Howard University Jan16

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Founded at Howard University...

1920 – Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Founded Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, founded at Howard University in 1920, incorporated. 1776 – Continental Congress approved Washington’s order Continental Congress approved Washington’s order on the enlistment of free Blacks. 1941 – The 99th Pursuit Squadron, an all African American The 99th Pursuit Squadron, an all African American unit is formed and the Tuskegee Training Program is established, the 99th will fly more than 500 missions and more than 3,700 sorties during one year of combat before being combined with the 332nd Fighter Group. Debbie Allen, 49,dancer,choreographer,singer,actress(“Fame”), born Houston, Tx, Jan 16, 1950...

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