Nothing will motivate a man to move forward faster than knowing what's behind Him.


1. In 1822, Slave revolt leaders Denmark Vesey and Peter Poyas arrested in SC.

2. In 1869, Tougaloo College founded. It is one of over 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in America. A private, coeducational, church-related four-year, liberal arts institution. Located at the northern edge of Jackson, Mississippi, it was founded by the American Missionary Association.

3. In 1889, William H. Richardson receives a patent for a baby carriage whose body can be raised from its frame.

4. In 1909, Nannie Burroughs founded national training School for Women.

5. In 1941, President Roosevelt confers with A. Philip Randolph and other leaders of a “March on Washington” movement and urges them to call off a scheduled demonstration. Randolph refuses.

6. In 1942, Bernard W. Robinson, of Harvard Medical School, becomes a Naval Reserve ensign. He is the first African American to earn a U.S. Navy commission.

7. In 1953, Egypt becomes a republic after the forced abdication of King Farouk I. General Neguib becomes president.

8. In 1963, 3,000 African Americans boycott Boston public schools as a protest against defacto segregation.

9. In 1966, Samuel Nabrit becomes the first African American scientist to serve on the Atomic Energy Commission.

10. In 1968, The U.S. Supreme Court bans racial discrimination in the sale and rental of housing.

11. In 1982, The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is extended for an additional twenty-five years by Senate vote of 85-8. The Voting Rights Act protects citizens’ ability to vote, not the right to vote. All U.S. citizens have the right to vote, but state and local jurisdictions are prevented from interfering with the voters’ ability to vote. It outlaws such practices as poll taxes, reciting the preamble to the U.S. Constitution, etc. as a condition to vote.

12. In 1985, Patrick Ewing becomes one of 11 basketball centers to be chosen in the first round of the National Basketball Association draft of college players. Ewing is picked by –and will become a major star for — the New York Knicks.

13. In 1991, City Auditor, Wellington Webb is elected mayor of Denver, Colorado. He becomes the first African American to hold the post.

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