Rosa Parks Born

1794 – The First African Methodist Episcopal Church is founded by Bishop Richard Allen of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The church is the oldest African Methodist Episcopal congregation in the nation and was created after African-American members of St. George’s...

University of Alabama Admits First Black Student Feb03

University of Alabam...

1870 – The 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, providing for Black suffrage. 1886 – The Southern League of Colored Base Ballists is founded, establishing the first Negro baseball league. 1903 – Jack Johnson defeated Denver Ed Martin to become the...

President Truman Sen...

1862 – President Lincoln signed an act abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia. 1914 – Sculptor William Ellisworth Artis was born in Washington, North Carolina.     1915 – Biologist Ernest E. Just Receives Spingarn Medal for his pioneering work in cell...

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 – John Sweat Rock, a doctor, lawyer and abolitionist from...

Greensboro Sit-ins T...

1871 – Jefferson Franklin Long  becomes first Black person to speak in the House of Representatives. A politician from Georgia, he was the second African American sworn into the US House of Representatives. He spoke in opposition to the Amnesty Bill which exempted former confederates...

Doug Williams First Black QB to Win Super Bowl Jan31

Doug Williams First ...

1914 – Boxer Jersey Joe Walcott born in Merchantville, New Jersey. Walcott defeated Ezzard Charles via knockout in the 7th round of their July 18, 1951 title bout in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to win the World Heavyweight Championship. After retiring from boxing, Walcott refereed several...

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...

Wendell Scott Inducted into NASCAR Hall Jan30

Wendell Scott Induct...

1844 – Richard Theodore Greener born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Greener becomes the first African American to graduate from Harvard University, receiving a degree in a bachelor’s degree in 1870. His admission to Harvard was “an experiment” by the administration and...

Oprah Winfrey Born

   1954 – Oprah Winfrey birthday American television personality whose syndicated daily talk show is among the most popular was born in Kosciusko, Miss. 1926 – Violette Neatley Anderson Violette Neatley Anderson is the first African American woman admitted to practice...

Matthew Henson Receives a Joint Medal from Congress Jan28

Matthew Henson Recei...

    1944 – Matthew Henson receives a joint medal by Congress Matthew Henson receives a joint medal by Congress for his role as co-discoverer of the North Pole 1934 – Baseball Outfielder William “Bill” White born Baseball outfielder William “Bill”...

Ralph Ellison wins N...

    Ralph Ellison’s powerful novel, Invisible Man, wins the National Book Award. Ralph Ellison’s powerful novel, Invisible Man, wins the National Book Award. 1972 – Mahalia Jackson Gospel music legend Mahalia Jackson dies this day in Evergreen Park,...

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

Executive Order 9981...

[ad#336×280] 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...

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...

Jackie Robinson Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Jan24

Jackie Robinson Indu...

    1962 – Jackie Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Jackie Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. 1993 – Thurgood Marshall, dies First Black Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall, dies, 1993 1949 – Birthday of Aaron Neville,...

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...

Sam Cooke Born

    1931 – Sam Cook, Father of Soul Music, born. Singer Sam Cook, the son of a minister and believed by many to be the first father of soul music, was born in Chicago, Illinois. Cook began his singing career with a gospel group known as the Singing Children. His fame came in...

Carl Rowan Named Dir...

    1964 – Carl T. Rowan named director of the United States Information Agency. 1906 – Willam Brown-Chappell was born Pioneer aviator, Willam Brown-Chappell was born, 1906 1773 – Phillis Wheatley freed Poet Phillis Wheatley, born a slave in 1754, was freed and her...

Colin Powell Named Secretary of State Jan20

Colin Powell Named S...

    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...

Hiram Revels Elected Senator Jan20

Hiram Revels Elected...

    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...

John H. Johnson Born

    Jan. 19th – 1918 – John H Johnson born. John H Johnson, publisher of “Ebony Magazine” and “Jet” was born, 1918 1969 – UCLA names building after Ralph Bunche January 19, 1969 – UCLA renames its social science buildings to honor...

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