1. In 1866, 144 Years ago Today, Rust College was founded in Holly Springs, MS.
2. In 1872, 138 Years ago Today, Macon B. Allen was elected judge of the Inferior Court of Charleston. Allen, the first Black lawyer, thus became the second Black to hold a major judicial position and the first Black with a major judicial position on the municipal level.
3. In 1878, 132 Years ago Today, The world’s fastest bicycle racer for 12 years, Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor was born in Indianapolis, 1878
4. In 1895, 115 Years ago Today, National Negro Medical Association founded.
5. In 1899, 111 Years ago Today, Jan E. Matzeliger received Patent for Mechanism for distributi
6. In 1911, 99 Years ago Today, William Henry Lewis was appointed assistant attorney general of the United States by President William Howard Taft, making him the first Black appointed to a sub-cabinet post.
7. In 1970, 40 Years ago Today, Charles Gordone receives the Pulitzer Prize for his play “No Place to be Somebody”.