13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Passes by the House of Representatives Jan31

13th Amendment to th...

1865 – Thirteenth Constitutional Amendment passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. The amendment abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime.  The amendment was ratified by the required number of states on December 6, 1865. The vote in the House...

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

Executive Order 9981...

 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...

Constance Baker Motley Sworn in as Federal Judge Jan25

Constance Baker Motl...

    1966 – Constance Baker Motley Constance Baker Motley – becomes the first african american woman to be appointed to a federal judgeship 1980 – Black Entertainment Television – BET Black Entertainment Television {BET} – first black owned company to be...

24th Amendment to U.S. Constitution Jan23

24th Amendment to U....

    1964 – 24th Amendment The 24th Amendment to the US Constitution is ratified. It abolishes poll tax, which was used as a means of preventing african americans from voting 1977 – ABC-TV begins televising the Roots mini-series (which would go on to be the most ABC-TV...