Ron Brown Elected Chairman of the Democratic Party Feb10

Ron Brown Elected Chairman of the Democratic Party...

1927 – Ron Brown elected Chairman of the Democratic Party Attorney Ronald Brown was elected national chairman of the Democratic Party and became the first African American to hold the post. Brown was later appointed Secretary of Commerce under the Clinton administration in 1994. He served in this capacity until he was killed in 1996 when he and 32 others died in a plane cras… 1992 – Alex Haley, renowned author, dies American biographer, scriptwriter, author who became famous with the publication of the novel ROOTS, which traces his ancestry back to Africa and covers seven American generations as they are taken slaves to the United States. The book was adapted to television series, and woke up an interest in genealogy, particularly… 1964 – 1964 After 12 days of debate and voting on 125 amendments, the U.S. House of 1964 After 12 days of debate and voting on 125 amendments, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by a vote of 290-130. The bill prohibited any state or local government or public facility from denying access to anyone because of race or ethnic origin. It further gave the U.S…. 1966 – Andrew Brimmer appointed to Fed. Reserve Bd. Andrew Brimmer becomes the first African-American governor of the Federal Reserve Board when he is appointed by President...

Colin Powell Named Secretary of State Jan20

Colin Powell Named Secretary of State...

2001 – First Black Secretary of State Colin Luther Powell is sworn in by President George W. Bush as Secretary of State. He is the first black secretary of state in U.S. history. 1977 – William T. Coleman Steps down as Secretary of Transportation On this date William T. Coleman stepped down Secretary of Transportation. Coleman was an attorney and civil rights activist. He was the first Black to serve as a Supreme Court law clerk, working for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter in 1948. He was appointed as the Secretary of Transportation by President Gerald Ford in 1975. 1986 – Ronald McNair On January 20, 1986, Ronald McNair (1950-86) was the first black astronaut killed during a space mission, when the space shuttle “Challenger” met with disaster. McNair, a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was assigned to the shuttle “Challenger” which blew up shortly after take-off. 1947 – Josh Gibson Dies Baseball’s Josh Gibson Negro league star/National League Hall of famer dies on this...

Hiram Revels Elected Senator Jan20

Hiram Revels Elected Senator...

1870 – Hiram Rhodes Revels elected senator Hiram Rhodes Revels elected senator (from Mississippi), becoming the first Black US Senator in the US 1936 – Barbara Jordan was born Congresswoman, Barbara Jordan was born, 1936 1947 – Josh Gibson Baseball’s Josh Gibson Negro league star/National League Hall of famer dies on this day. 1997 – A challenger in Major League Baseball On this day in 1997, former major league outfielder Curt Flood, who challenged baseball’s reserve system and made possible today’s megasalaries, dies at age 59. 1993 – Maya Angelou speaks at Presidential Inauguration 1773 – Anti-Lynching Bill proposed Black Congressman George H. White, North Carolina, introduced a bill to make lynching of Americans a federal offense. The bill died in committee. One report contends that in 1900, 105 Africans were lynched in the United States. “ON THE PULSE OF MORNING” by Maya Angelou delivered at the Presidential Inaguaration Ceremony, January 20,...

P.B.S. Pinchback elected to the U. S. Senate. Jan14

P.B.S. Pinchback elected to the U. S. Senate....

1873 – P.B.S. Pinchback Elected to the Senate P.B.S. Pinchback elected to the U. S. Senate. He had previously served as the Governor of Louisiana when then incumbent Governor Henry Warmoth was impeached. Pinchback was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and thus when he was elected to the Senate he was both a Senator-elect and a Congressman-elect. Unfortunately, his inauguration was delayed for years by political opposition. One of those opposing him was Henry Warmoth. 1940 – Julian Bond Born Horace Julian Bond was born on this date in Nashville, Tennessee in 1940. Bond was a social activist and civil right pioneer. He graduated from  Morehouse College in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He helped to create the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and served as the first President of the Southern Poverty Law Center. He served for four terms in the Georgia House of Representatives and later six terms in the Georgia  Senate.He served as the Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People from 1998 to 2010. 1943 – Harvey B. Gantt Born Harvey B. Gantt was born on this date in 1943. He was the first Black student to enroll at Clemson University from which he earned an architectural degree with honors in 1965. He later received a Masters of City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1970. 1948 – Carl Weathers Born. Carl Weathers was born on this date in 1948. in New Orleans, Louisiana. He played football at San Diego State University as a linebacker and played professionally with the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League and the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League.  He turned to acting and received his big break when he was cast as Apollo...

Robert Weaver Appointed To a Presidential Cabinet Jan13

Robert Weaver Appointed To a Presidential Cabinet...

1966 – First Black Appointed To a Presidential Cabinet Robert Weaver became the first Black appointed to a presidential cabinet when he was named to serve as the Secretary Department of Housing and Urban Development President Lyndon B. Johnson. The department was newly created and he was thus its first Head. Weaver grew up in Washington, D.C. and graduated from what is now known as Paul Dunbar High School. He then entered Harvard University from which a B.S., an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics. He served as an advisor to President Franklin Roosevelt and was named to direct federal New Deal programs. He was appointed Administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Administration by President Kennedy and then selected by Johnson to become a member of his cabinet. He later became the President of  Baruch College in New York City in1969 and then became a professor of Urban Affairs at Hunter College in New York. Weaver died on July 17, 1997.   1979 – Martin Luther King, Jr. stamp issued A commemorative stamp of Martin Luther King, Jr. is issued by the U.S. Postal Service on January 1, 1979. The stamp is a part of the USPS Black Heritage USA commemorative series. The Dr. King stamp was the second in the series, the first having honored  Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman issued a year prior.   1873 – P.B.S. Pinchback Steps Down. P.B.S. Pinchback relinquished the office of Governor of Louisiana. Pinchback assumed the governorship while serving as the Lieutenant Governor when impeachment charges were filed against the incumbent Republican governor, Henry Clay Warmoth. Pinchback served for 35 days, finishing out Warmoth’s term. Pinchback was the 24th Governor of the state.   1913 – Delta Sigma Theta Founded. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was...

Douglas Wilder is Sworn in as Governor of Virginia Jan13

Douglas Wilder is Sworn in as Governor of Virginia...

1990 – Lawrence Douglas Wilder of Virginia is Inaugurated as the First Black Governor On this date in 1990, Lawrence Douglas Wilder of Virginia is inaugurated as the first Black to be elected governor in the United States. Wilder was elected in Virginia by a margin of approximately 7,00 votes (less than half of a percentage point). His victory was  confirmed after a recount. He was sworn in by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr.. That Wilder was the first Black elected Governor in the history of the United States was novel enough, but that he was elected to Virginia, the Capital of the Confederacy made the victory even more significant. Wilder was presented the Spingarn Medal by the NAACP and served a full term, leaving office in 1994. 1925 – Benjamin Hooks born Benjamin Hooks was born on this day in 1925 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was a Baptist minister and was a civil rights activist. He was a graduated of DePaul University School of Law, receiving a Juris Doctor in 1948. He passed the Bar in Tennessee and was one of the few Black lawyers in Memphis. He was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1956  and in 1965 was appointed to serve on the Shelby County Criminal Court, thus becoming the first Black criminal court judge in the history of Tennessee. He joined the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and would later serve as the executive director of the NAACP in November of 1976. He served in that capacity for for 15 years. Hooks died on April 15, 2010.   1953 – Don Barksdale First Black to Play in an NBA All-Star Game Don Barksdale becomes first Black person to play in an NBA All-Star Game as a member of the Baltimore Bullets. Barksdale was an...

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