1. In 1797, 214 Years ago Today, Boston Masons, led by Prince Hall, established first Black interstate organization, creating lodges in Philadelphia and Providence, Rhode Island.
2. In 1797, 214 Years ago Today, Congress refused to accept the first recorded petitions from American Blacks.
3. In 1800, 211 Years ago Today, United States population: 5,308,483. Black population 1,002,037 (18.9 per cent).
4. In 1844, 167 Years ago Today, Richard Theodore Greener becomes the first African American to graduate from Harvard University and later became dean of Howard University School of Law
5. In 1858, 153 Years ago Today, William Wells Brown, novelist and dramatist, published first Black drama, (Leap to Freedom)
6. In 1927, 84 Years ago Today, Harlem Globetrotters formed, The Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition basketball team that combines athleticism, theater, and comedy. Created by Abe Saperstein in 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, the team adopted the name Harlem because of its connotations as a major African-American community. Over the years they have played more than 20,000 exhibition games in 118 countries. Brother Bones’s whistled version of “Sweet Georgia Brown” is the team’s signature song.
7. In 1956, 55 Years ago Today, Home of Martin Luther King Jr. bombed.
8. In 1965, 46 Years ago Today, Leroy “Satchel” Paige, major league baseball Pitcher, named all-time outstanding player by National Baseball Congress.
9. In 1979, 32 Years ago Today, Franklin A. Thomas name president of the Ford Foundation.