1. In 1780, 231 Years ago Today, Blacks protested against taxation without representation in Dartmouth, MA.
2. In 1787, 224 Years ago Today, Georgia’s House of Assembly named Willliam Few, Abraham Baldwin, William Pierce, Georgie Walton, William Houston, and Nathaniel Pendleton as Georgia’s commissioners to the Philadelphia constitutional convention.
3. In 1868, 143 Years ago Today, Conservatives, aided by military forces, seized convention hall and established effective control over Reconstruction process in Florida. Republican conservatives drafted new constitution which concentrated political power in hands of governor and limited the impact of the Black vote.
4. In 1874, 137 Years ago Today, Brown & Latimer received Patent for Water Closets for Railway Cars
5. In 1957, 54 Years ago Today, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (S.C.L.C) founded.
6. In 1964, 47 Years ago Today, After 12 days of debate and voting on 125 amendments, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by a vote of 290-130. The bill prohibited any state or local government or public facility from denying access to anyone because of race or ethnic origin. It further gave the U.S….
7. In 1966, 45 Years ago Today, Andrew Brimmer becomes the first African-American governor of the Federal Reserve Board when he is appointed by President Johnson
8. In 1967, 44 Years ago Today, he 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect. That amendment provided that in the case of a vice president’s become president, the new president would name a new vice president, subject to confirmation by a majority vote of both houses of Congress.
9. In 1989, 22 Years ago Today, Ronald Brown was elected national chairman of the Democratic Party and became the first African American to hold the post. Brown was later appointed Secretary of Commerce under the Clinton administration in 1994. He served in this capacity until he was killed in 1996 when he and 32 others died in a plane crash while on a diplmatic mission in Croatia.