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 World War II....

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 Merritt...

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 Alex Haley. He...

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 only number...

Morehouse College Organized in Augusta, Georgia Feb14

Morehouse College Or...

1867 – Morehouse College organized in Augusta, Georgia Morehouse College organized in Augusta, Georgia. The institution was later moved to Atlanta. New registration law in Tennessee abolished racial distinctions in voting. 1936 – National Negro Congress organized at Chicago...

New York Renaissance Formed Feb13

New York Renaissance...

 “The Harlem Renaissance formed.” The first Black professional basketball team “The Renaissance” organized. 1920 – Andrew “Rube” Foster organizes the Negro National League, the first Black professional baseball league. The league included the St....

NAACP Founded

1909 – NAACP founded 1934 – William “Bill” Felton Russell born Birthday of William Felton Russell, better known as “Bill” Russell, he was player-coach of the Boston Celtics basketball team in 1968 and 1969. Russell was born in Monroe, Louisiana. 1930...

Nelson Mandela is Re...

1990 – Nelson Mandela is released Nelson Mandela’s greatest pleasure, his most private moment, is watching the sun set with the music of Handel or Tchaikovsky playing. Locked up in his cell during daylight hours, deprived of music, both these simple pleasures were denied him for...

Ron Brown Elected Chairman of the Democratic Party Feb10

Ron Brown Elected Ch...

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...

Satchel Paige Inducted Into Baseball Hall of Fame Feb09

Satchel Paige Induct...

1971 – Satchel Paige inducted to Baseball Hall of Fame Baseball Hall of Fame inducts Leroy “Satchel” Paige. 1952 – Invisible Man wins award Author Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man wins the National Book Award 1944 – Novelist Alice Walker was born in...

Debi Thomas Wins the Woman’s Figure Skating Singles Feb08

Debi Thomas Wins the...

1986 – Figure Skater Debi Thomas wins Woman’s Singles Figure skater Debi Thomas became the first African American to win the Women’s Singles of the U.S. National Figure Skating Championship competition, was a pre-med student at Stanford University. 1986 –...

Chris Rock Born

1967 – Chris Rock Born Comedian, author, recording artist, actor, and talk show host Chris Rock was born in South Carolina. He will become a critically comedian, hosting his self titled show on HBO. He will also bring to the forefront a boycott of the flag of his birthplace. He will...

Arthur Ashe Dies Feb06

Arthur Ashe Dies

1993 – Arthur Ashe Dies Tennis player Arthur Ashe dies on February 6, 1993. Ashe was the first African American to win the Wimbledon, U.S. Open and Australian Open championships. During heart bypass surgery, Ashe contracted the HIV virus from a tainted blood transfusion and eventually...

Hank Aaron Born Feb05

Hank Aaron Born

1934 – Hank Aaron Born Henry “Hank” Aaron was born on born February 5, 1934, in Mobile, Alabama. Aaron would become one of the greatest players in Major League baseball history but his greatest moment came when he broke the home run record of Babe Ruth on  On April 8, 1974....

Rosa Parks Born

1913 – Rosa Parks (born Rosa Louise McCauley) was born on this day. Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. Thursday, December 1, 1955, in downtown Montgomery, Alabama, Parks boarded a bus driven by James Blake.  When a white man entered the bus, Blake ordered the...

University of Alabama Admits First Black Student Feb03

University of Alabam...

1956 – U of Alabama First Black Student Autherine Juanita Lucy becomes the first black student to attend the University of Alabama. She was born on October 5, 1929 in Shiloh, Alabama and attended Linden Academy from which she graduated in 1947. She then attended Selma...

President Truman Sen...

1948 – Truman sends Congress Anti-Lynching Message President Truman sent Congress a special message urging adoption of a civil rights program, including a fair employment practices commission and anti-lynching and anti-poll tax measures. 1915 – Biologist Ernest E. Just Receives...

Negro History Week Established Feb01

Negro History Week E...

1926 – Negro History Week Begins What is now known as Black History Month, was first celebrated on this date as Negro History Week by Carter G. Woodson. It became a month long celebration in 1976. 1865 – First African American Before US Supreme Court John Sweat Rock (1825-1866), a...

Greensboro Sit-ins T...

1960 – Greensboro sit-ins takeplace The primary event took place at the Greensboro, North CarolinaWoolworth’s store, now the International Civil Rights Center and Museum. 1997 – First 24-Hour Black Movie Channel BET Holdings and Encore Media Corp. launch BET Movie/Starz the...

Doug Williams, the first African American quarterback to play in a Super Bowl game, is named MVP in Super Bowl XXII. Jan31

Doug Williams, the f...

1988 – Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams, the first African American quarterback to play in a Super Bowl game, is named MVP in Super Bowl XXII. 1962 – First Black to Command U.S. Warship Samuel L Gravely becomes first Black...

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