Hattie McDaniel Wins...

   1940 – Hattie McDaniel wins an Oscar for Best Supporting actress in the movie “Gone With The Wind.” McDaniel portrayed “Mammy,” the house servant in the production based on the book by Margaret Mitchell. Hattie was the first African American to win...

Marian Anderson Born

   1844 – Members of a secret society called La Trinitaria declared the complete independence of the Dominican Republic from Haiti. The nation’s first Constitution, based upon that of the United States, was adopted on November 6, 1844. 1872 – Charlotte E. Ray...

Fats Domino Born

1926 – Theodore “Georgia Deacon” Flowers  becomes first Black middle-weight boxing champion. In front of a crowd of 16,311 at Madison Square Garden, Flowers defeated champion Harry Greb by unanimous decision to take the belt.     1928 – Singer...

Cassius Clay Becomes World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Feb25

Cassius Clay Becomes...

   1870 – Hiram R. Revels of Mississippi sworn in as first Black U.S. senator and the first Black representative in Congress. Revels, a Republican politician, educator and minister of an African Methodist Episcopal Church was born in North Carolina and later lived in Ohio...

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...

W. E. B. DuBois Born

    1868 – Dr.William Edward Burghardt DuBois On this day Dr.William Edward Burghardt DuBois, educator and civil rights advocate, is born in Great Barrington, Mass. 1915 – Death of Robert Smalls Death of Robert Smalls (75), Reconstruction congressman, in Beaufort, South...

Julius Erving Born Feb22

Julius Erving Born

   1950 – Julius Erving Born...

Malcolm X Assassinat...

    1965 – Malcolm X (39) assassinated in Audubon Ballroom at Malcolm X (39) assassinated in Audubon Ballroom at a rally of his organization. Three Blacks were later convicted of the crime and sentenced to life imprisonment. 1940 – John Lewis, founder and chairman of...

Frederick Douglass D...

    1895 – Frederick Douglass Dies Abolitionist Frederick Douglass dies on this date in Washington, DC. 1927 – Sidney Poitier, actor born Actor and thespian Sidney Poitier born. 1936 – Jazz singer Nancy Wilson born Jazz singer, actress, Nancy Wilson born in...

Toni Morrison Born

   1931 – Toni Morrison born Toni Morrison (born Chloe Anthony Wofford) was born on this day. 1894 – Paul Revere Williams, renowned architect, born Paul Revere Williams, renowned architect,...

Tuskegee Airmen Established Feb19

Tuskegee Airmen Esta...

    1942 – Tuskegee Airmen initiated The Army Air Corps’ all African American 100th Pursuit Squadron, later designated a fighter squadron, was activated at Tuskegee Institute. The squadron served honorably in England and in other regions of the European continent during...

Jim Brown Born Feb17

Jim Brown Born

    1936 – James Nathaniel Brown’s Birthday James Nathaniel Brown, 63, Pro Football Hall of Fame Fullback, Born February 17, 1936 in St. Simons Island, GA 1942 – Huey Newton Born An illiterate high-school graduate, Newton taught himself how to read before attending...

Joe Frazier Becomes World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Feb16

Joe Frazier Becomes ...

    1970 – Joe Frazier Joe Frazier becomes world heavyweight boxing champion. 1957 – Actor Levar Burton born Actor Levar Burton was born in Landsthul, Germany. Burton won fame for his acting in the television movie “roots,” which was based on the novel by...

Nat King Cole Dies

    1965 – Nat King Cole (45), singer and pianist, died in Nat King Cole (45), singer and pianist, died in Santa Monica, California. 1964 – Louis Armstrong’s “Hello Dolly” Louis Armstrong’s “Hello Dolly” recording becomes his first and...

Morehouse College Organized Feb14

Morehouse College Or...

1817 – Frederick Douglass born in Talbot County, Maryland. Douglas escaped from slavery to become a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York and became known as a great orator and social reformer. He met with President Lincoln in 1963 to discuss...

New York Renaissance Formed Feb13

New York Renaissance...

1920 – Andrew “Rube” Foster organizes the Negro National League. Foster, who was owner and manager of the Chicago American Giants, met with other team owners at the Kansas City YMCA and Foster was named the first league President. The initial teams were the St. Louis Giants,...

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...

Ron Brown Elected Chairman of the Democratic Party Feb10

Ron Brown Elected Ch...

1854 – Joseph Charles Price was born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Price was a great orator and was one of the founders of and was the first president of Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina.         1927 – Noted opera singer Leontyne Price was born. In...

Satchel Paige nominated for Baseball Hall of Fame Feb09

Satchel Paige nomina...

1943 – Singer Barbara Lewis, known for #1 R&B song “Hello Stranger” was born in South Lyon, Michigan.     1944 – Novelist Alice Walker, author of “The Color Purple” was born in Eatonton, Georgia. 1953 -Author Ralph Ellison’s novel...

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