Tammi Terrell Dies

    1970 – Motown superstar Tammi Terrell dies. Terrell became a star singing as alongside Marvin Gaye to run off a string of four major hits, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” During a performance at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia in October...

Quincy Jones Born

    1933 – Quincy Jones was born Quincy Jones, Music Impresario, Born March 14, 1933 in Chicago’s South Side. He first fell in love with music when he was in elementary school. He settled on the trumpet after trying nearly all the instruments in his school band. At the age of...

Black Confederate Soldiers Authorized Mar13

Black Confederate So...

1964 – Black soldiers authorized to fight for the Confederate States of America. The Confederate troops were struggling against the onslaught of the Union Army, which was making inroads into the Carolinas by General William T. Sherman and Richmond, Virginia under the attacks led by...

Malcolm X Resigned f...

   1964 – Malcolm X resigned from the Nation of Islam Malcolm X resigned from the Nation of Islam. 1932 – Andrew Young born Andrew Young, former US United Nations ambassador, former congressman and former mayor of Atlanta, born in New Orleans, Louisiana. 1955 –...

Ralph Abernathy Born

   1926 – Rev. Ralph David Abernathy born The Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, aide to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Southern Christian Leadership Conference figure, was born in Linden, Alabama. 1959 – Flip Wilson Honored Comedian and television star Flip Wilson...

Harriet Tubman Dies

    1913 – Death of Harriet Tubman Death of Harriet Tubman, Auburn, New York. 1969 – James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to killing M.L.K. James Earl Ray pleaded guilty in a Memphis court to charges of killing Martin Luther King Jr. He was sentenced to ninety-nine years in...

Walter F. White name...

   1931 – Walter F.White, NAACP Pres. Walter F. White named NAACP executive secretary. The NAACP has had many leaders since its beginning in 1910, but none was more determined and devoted than Walter F. White. This fair-skinned, blue-eyed man who wouldn’t pass worked a...

Billy Eckstine Dies

1876 – U.S. Refuses to Seat P.B.S. Pinchback, elected Senator from Louisiana in 1873, after three years of controversy.     1971 – Muhammad Ali battled Joe Frazier for the heavyweight championship. In what was called the “Fight of the Century,” the two great...

Selma to Montgomery ...

    1965 – Civil Rights March in Alabama Through the 25th, Alabama state troopers and sheriff’s deputies dispersed Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march with tear gas and billy clubs, Three white Unitarian ministers, including Rev. James J. Reeb, attacked on streets of...

Dred Scott Decision by the U.S. Supreme Court Mar06

Dred Scott Decision ...

    1857 – Dred Scott decision by U.S. Supreme Court Dred Scott decision by U.S. Supreme Court opened Northern territory to slavery and denied citizenship to American Blacks. 1775 – Prince Hall and fourteen other Blacks were Prince Hall and fourteen other Blacks were...

Crispus Attucks Dies in the Boston Massacre Mar05

Crispus Attucks Dies...

    1770 – Crispus Attucks On this day, Crispus Attucks, an escaped slave became the first man killed in the cause of America’s freedom. This event is better known as the ‘Boston Massacre’. 1985 – Mary McLeod Bethune commemorative stamp The Mary McLeod...

Comedian Bert Willia...

    1922 – Bert Williams – a Leading Comedian Dies At the turn of the century Bert Williams was one of America’s stop comedians. Comedian Eddie Cantor called him a comic “genius,” W.C. Fields, a comic genius himself, once described Williams as...

Rodney King Beaten by LAPD Mar03

Rodney King Beaten b...

    1991 – Rodney King is beaten by a group of white policemen in Los Angeles, Calif Rodney King is beaten by a group of white policemen in Los Angeles, Calif 1932 – Andrew Jackson Young, Jr. was born on this day. Andrew Jackson Young, Jr. was born on this day. 1821...

Wilt Chamberlain Scores 100 Points Mar02

Wilt Chamberlain Sco...

    1807 – Congress bans the slave trade Congress banned the slave trade, prohibiting “the importation of slaves into the United States or the territories thereof” after January 1, 1808. 1867 – Universities and Colleges established Howard University...

Harry Belafonte Born

1841 – Blanche Kelso Bruce, the first Black to serve a full term in the United States Senate was born a slave in Prince Edward County, Virginia. In February 1874, Bruce was elected to the U. S. Senate, the second African American to serve in the upper house of Congress.  ...

Michael Jackson Wins...

   1943 – Porgy and Bess opened on Broadway with Anne Brown and Todd Duncan in starring roles. The musical was based on an English-language opera by the American composer George Gershwin, which was adapted from of DuBose Heyward’s 1925 novel of the same name. 1984...

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...

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