1. In 1777, 234 Years ago Today, Prince Hall, petitioned the Massachusetts legislature for fund to return to Africa. The plan is the first recorded effort by African Americans to return to their homeland.
2. In 1920, 91 Years ago Today, Andrew “rube” Foster organizes the first black baseball league, the negro national league.
3. In 1943, 68 Years ago Today, William L. Dawson took office and began his congressional career, Illinois.
4. In 1970, 41 Years ago Today, The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) was founded changing it’s name from “Democratic Select Committee”, which was formed in January 1969.
5. In 1971, 40 Years ago Today, Dr. Melvin H. Evans inaugurated as the first elected governor of the Virgin Islands.
6. In 1985, 26 Years ago Today, Congressman William H. Gray is elected chairman of the House Budget Committee, the highest congressional post held by an African American.
7. In 1985, 26 Years ago Today, Leontyne Price makes her farewell appearance with the Metropolitan Opera singing the title role of Aida.
8. In 1990, 21 Years ago Today, Two months away from the 25th anniversary of the Civil Rights march on Selma, Alabama, 1,500 African American students boycott classes to express concern over the dismissal of Norward Rousell, the city’s first African American superintendent.