African National Congress Founded Jan08

African National Con...

   1912 – African National Congress Founded. African National Congress was founded on this date in 1912.  The African National Congress is the Republic of South Africa’s governing political party and was originally named the South African Native National Congress. The...

Marian Anderson in D...

   1955 – Marian Anderson made debut at Metropolitan Opera. Anderson, who made history singing in front of the Lincoln Memorial after being denied the opportunity to sing before an integrated audience at Constitution Hall, became the first Black to sing a the Metropolitan...

John Singleton Born

   1968 – John Singleton Born in Los Angeles California. He attended Pasadena City College and the University of Southern California from which he graduated in 1990. Singleton made his film directorial debut in 1991 with Boyz in the Hood. The film depicted life in South...

Kappa Alpha Psi Formed Jan05

Kappa Alpha Psi Form...

   1911 – Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity founded. Kappa Alpha Psi (ΚΑΨ), a predominantly Black college fraternity was founded on this date. at Indiana University Bloomington. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. was founded by Elder W. Diggs, Byron K. Armstrong, John M. Lee, Harvey T....

Rappers Delight Hits...

   1980 – Rappers Delight Becomes the First Hip Hop Song to Appear in the Top 40. The song, while not the first rap song, was the first huge hit in the nascent genre. It was performed by a group called the Sugar Hill Gang. The group was lined up by Sylvia Robinson who had...

Alvin Ailey Born

   1931 – Alvin Ailey was born on January 5, 1931 in Rogers, Texas. Ailey would become a world renowned dancer and choreographer. After moving to California and studying under Lester Horton, Alvin performed in a number of Broadway shows alongside Diahann Carroll, Pearl Bailey,...

Floyd Patterson Born Jan04

Floyd Patterson Born

   1935 – Floyd Patterson Born. Patterson was born in Waco, North Carolina and was an Olympic Gold Medalist middle-wright boxer in the 1952 games in Helsinki, Finland in 1952. He later trained under Cus D’Amato and would go on to defeat Archie Moore to become the...

Jesse Jackson Frees Pilot Jan03

Jesse Jackson Frees ...

   1984 – Jesse Jackson Secures Release of Black Pilot. On this date in 1984, Reverend Jesse Jackson was able to secure the release of a U.S. Bombardier Navigator. Lt. Robert Goodman was part of a crew on a bombing mission over Beirut when his plane was hit by a missile. It...

Sadie Tanner Mossell...

   1898 – Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Born. Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander was born on this date in 1898. She was very highly educated as a youth and lived with her Uncle, Lewis Baxter Moore, a Dean at Howard University. She would find great success in life, receiving the...

Emancipation Proclamation Signed

   1863 – The Emancipation Proclamation, an executive order issued on January 1, 1863 during the American Civil War by President Abraham Lincoln declared that all slaves held in the 10 rebel states were freed. It resulted in almost four million slaves being freed over the course of the war.Although the Proclamation did not account for any compensation to the slave owners, it was never challenged in court. It was ratified by Congress in February 1063  and it was ratified by the states in December 1865. The Proclamation applied only to the ten states in rebellion against the Union. Slavery was outlawed in all of the other...

Roberto Clemente Dies in Plane Crash Dec31

Roberto Clemente Die...

      1972 – Roberto Clemente Dies in Plane Crash Roberto Clemente, a 15-time Major League Baseball All-Star died at the age of 38 in a plane crash bringing aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. A member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Clemente earned 12 Golden Gloves and four...

Jack Johnson Wins Heavyweight Boxing Title Dec26

Jack Johnson Wins He...

      Jack Johnson Wins Heavyweight Boxing Title 1908 – Jack Johnson Wins Heavyweight Boxing Title On this date in 1908, Jack Johnson became the first Black person to win the World’s Heavyweight Boxing title belt. Johnson was awarded the belt when police entered the ring...

To Kill a Mockingbir...

    To Kill a Mockingbird Opens in Theaters 1962 – To Kill a Mockingbird Opens in Theaters To Kill a Mockingbird, a major motion picture film based on the1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper opened in theaters on this day in 1962. The story takes place in the Great...

Josh Gibson Born Dec21

Josh Gibson Born

   Josh Gibson Born. Josh Gibson was born on this date. He was a professional baseball player, a star of the Negro Leagues and one of the greatest players in history. He played as a catcher and was one of the most feared power hitters in history, alleged to have hit more than 800...

Florence Griffith Joyner Born Dec21

Florence Griffith Jo...

   1959 – Florence Griffith-Joyner Born. Florence Delorez Griffith Joyner was born on this date in 1959. Nicknamed Flo-Jo, Griffith-Joyner was considered by many to be the faster woman on Earth as she still holds the world record for both the 100 and 200 meter dash, set in the...

Carter Woodson Born Dec19

Carter Woodson Born

   1875 – Carter Woodson born Carter Godwin Woodson was born on this day in 1875. Woodson was a historian who found that there was very little information about the history of his own race. Together with Alexander L. Jackson, he published “The Education of the Negro...

Gen Benjamin O. Davis Born Dec18

Gen Benjamin O. Davi...

    General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Born. 1912 – General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. was born on this day in Washington, DC. Davis was the son of Benjamin O. Davis, Sr., a renowned military officer, the first Black General in the United States Army. Davis, Jr. followed in his...

O.J. Simpson Sets Rushing Record Dec16

O.J. Simpson Sets Ru...

    1973 – O.J. Simpson Sets Rushing Record O.J. Simpson, a running back for the Buffalo Bills set the record for rushing yards in a season with 2,003 yards. He set the record on a snow covered field against the New York Jets, running for 200 yards in the game. Simpson broke...

Guess Who’s Co...

    1967 – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Premieres Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, a groundbreaking movie that focused on the challenges of an interracial romantic relationship opened in theaters on this date in 1967. The film starred industry stalwarts Katharine Hepburn,...

Singer Sam Cooke Kil...

    1964 – Singer Sam Cooke Killed in Los Angeles Sam Cooke, a charter member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was killed on this day in 1964. Cooke, ranked the 4th Greatest Singer of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine, was shot to death at the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles,...

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