Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Founded Jan15

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Founded...

1908 – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Founded Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the first organization of black Greek sisterhood was founded on this date at Howard University in Washington, D. C. by Ethel Hedgeman (Lyle). 1970 – Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church honored Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church , the nearby crypt containing the remains of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his boyhood home are dedicated as part of a memorial to be known as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent...

Fisk University Founded Jan09

Fisk University Founded...

1866 – Fisk University Established. Fisk University, a historically Black university was founded on this day in 1866. It was the first Black institution to gain accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school sits on 40 acres of land in Nashville, Tennessee and is one of four historically Black to earn a tier-one ranking on the list of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges in the 2011. 1906 – Paul Laurence Dunbar Dies. Paul Laurence Dunbar, a poet, novelist and playwright died on this day in 1906. His works often used Negro dialect and he became very popular and one of the first nationally renowned Black writers. The New York Times described him as “a true singer of the people — white or black.” Dunbar was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1900 and he moved to Colorado at the suggestion of his doctors. They also encouraged him to drink whiskey to treat the illness and he ended up falling into alcoholism. He succumbed to tuberculosis in 1906 age of 33.     1935 – Earl G. Graves born Earl G. Graves, publisher of Black Enterprise magazine and entrepreneur was born on this day in 1935. A graduate of Morgan State University, Graves found a void in the amount of attention given to the Black consumer. He decided to create a newsletter discussing the issues of the Black community as well as its needs for products and services. His work helped to create an interest in marketing products to the Black community. Eventually he expanded his newsletter into a full fledged high quality magazine which he called Black Enterprise which debuted in August 1970. Over the years he has served in various positions and on boards for several prominent companies. Graves has been hailed...

Kappa Alpha Psi Formed Jan05

Kappa Alpha Psi Formed...

1911 – Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity founded. Kappa Alpha Psi (ΚΑΨ), a predominantly Black college fraternity was founded on this date. at Indiana University Bloomington. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. was founded by Elder W. Diggs, Byron K. Armstrong, John M. Lee, Harvey T. Asher, Marcus P. Blakemore, Guy L. Grant, Paul Caine, George Edmonds, Ezera D. Alexander and Edward G. Irvin. The fraternity was founded as Kappa Alpha Nu. The fraternity opened a second chapter at the university of Illinois in 1913 and then expanded to Black and white schools throughout the country. The name Kappa Alpha Nu was conceived in tribute to an earlier fraternity, Alpha Kappa Nu. Unfortunately, then name was used derogatorily by racist student. Founder Elder Diggs was watching an initiate compete in a track meet when he heard slurs from the stands directed at the athlete, calling out “Kappa Alpha Nig.” The fraternity subsequently changed the name to Kappa Alpha Psi on April 15, 1915. The fraternity is known for its use of canes in step shows. The cane sport the fraternity colors and was recognized as an important part of the fraternity’s culture in 1985. The fraternity engages in several national campaigns to promote education and occupational guidance for youths.   1943 – William H. Hastie Resigns Position as Aide to Secretary of War. Hastie, a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School, served as a Professor at Howard University Law School where he taught Thurgood Marshall. He later served as assistant solicitor for the Department of the Interior was the first Black Federal Judge, appointed by President Franklin Roosevelt to the United States District Court for the Virgin Islands. He resigned his position as a judge to become the Dean of Howard Law School in 1939 and during World War II was...

Carter Woodson Born Dec19

Carter Woodson Born

1875 – Carter Woodson born Carter Godwin Woodson was born on this day in 1875. Woodson was a historian who found that there was very little information about the history of his own race. Together with Alexander L. Jackson, he published “The Education of the Negro Prior to 1861” in 1915. He followed this with “A Century of Negro Migration” and then “The Journal of Negro History” in 1916. One of his greatest contributions to society was the creation of Negro History Week in 1926, the forerunner to Black History Month. He is considered by many the father of Black...

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