13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Passes by the House of Representatives Jan31

13th Amendment to th...

1865 – Congress passed the Thirteenth Amendment which, on Congress passed the Thirteenth Amendment which, on ratification, abolished slavery in America. The vote in the House was 121 to 24. 1919 – Baseball Great Jackie Robinson born In Cairo, Georgia on this date baseball great...

Wendell Scott Inducted into NASCAR Hall Jan30

Wendell Scott Induct...

Wendell Scott was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on January 30, 2015. In addition to being the first Black driver inducted to the Hall of Fame, he was also the first Black driver to compete on the NASCAR Grand National Series and was also the only Black driver to win on NASCAR’s...

Martin Luther King, ...

1956 – Home of Martin Luther King Jr Home of Martin Luther King Jr. Montgomery bus boycott leader bombed. 1900 – John Parker, Underground Railroad Conductor died Born: 1827 Died: January 30, 1900 Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia John P. Parker was born in Norfolk, Virginia , the son...

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 before the U.S....

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” White was born...

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...

 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 Black American...

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 listed on the...

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, singer Birthday...

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 begins...

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 1965 with...

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 first book of...

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 T. Coleman...

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 Gibson Negro...

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 alumnus Ralph...

Willie O’Ree Breaks NHL Color Barrier Jan18

Willie O’Ree B...

On January 18, 1958, Willie O’Ree became the first Black player to appear in a National Hockey League game. After numerous injuries suffered by Boston Bruins players, O’Ree was called up from the minor leagues to play against the Montreal Canadians. O’Ree played only two...

Daniel Hale Williams Born Jan18

Daniel Hale Williams...

1858 – Daniel Hale Williams born Daniel Hale Williams, 1st physician to perform open heart surgery is...

Muhammad Ali Born Jan17

Muhammad Ali Born

1942 – Muhammad Ali  born Boxing champion, Muhammad Ali was born 1923 – Spingarn Award: George Washington Carver Spingarn Medal awarded to George Washington Carver, head of the department of research, Tuskegee Institute, for his pioneering work in agricultural chemistry. 1978...

James Earl Jones Bor...

1931 – Actor James Earl Jones born Actor James Earl Jones was born in Arkabutla, Tate County, Mississippi. His movie credits include The Hunt for Red October, Roots, Dr. Strangelove and voices in both Star Wars and The Lion King. 1931 – Lawrence Douglas Wilder was born Lawrence...

Charles Drew Founds Blood Bank Jan16

Charles Drew Founds ...

1941 – Charles Drew founds Blood Bank A Black scientist helped save thousands of lives during World War II. Dr. Charles Richard Drew set up and ran the pioneer blood plasma bank in Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. This bank served as one of the models for the system of banks...

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