Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown Killed in Plane Crash Apr03

Secretary of Commerc...

    Today in Black History   1996 – Ron Brown, the Secretary of Commerce in the Clinton Administration was killed when the plane he was traveling on crashed into a mountainside near Dubrovnik, Croatia. Brown was on a trip to the war-torn region of the former Yugoslavia with a...

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...

Douglas Wilder is Sworn in as Governor of Virginia Jan13

Douglas Wilder is Sw...

   1990 – Lawrence Douglas Wilder of Virginia is Inaugurated as the First Black Governor On this date in 1990, Lawrence Douglas Wilder of Virginia is inaugurated as the first Black to be elected governor in the United States. Wilder was elected in Virginia by a margin of...

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...

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...