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Events In African American History For November 05


1. In 1836, Theo Wright becomes first Black to obtain Theology Degree in US.

2. In 1867, The first Reconstruction Constitutional Convention takes place in Montgomery, Ala. In attendance were 90 whites and 18 blacks. Reconstruction would bring forth a period of tremendous political and educational advancement for ex-slaves after the Civil War. But Reconstruction was significantly undermined by the Hayes-Tilden Compromise of 1877 and the beginning of the anti-black Jim Crow period.

3. In 1926, Negro History Week is started by black historian Carter G. Woodson. It would later grow into the current Black History Month which takes place each February in the United States. In England Black History Month takes place in October. Woodson (1875 – 1950) is recognized as the “Father of Black History Month.”

4. In 1956, The Nat King Cole Show, the first black-hosted network television variety show, debuts. The show began with just 15 minutes and later expanded to half-an-hour but was pulled in 1957 for lack of advertiser support. 

5. In 1968, Louis Stokes is elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

6. In 1968, Shirley Chisholm becomes the first black woman elected to the U.S.

7. In 1974, Walter Washington becomes the first elected mayor of Washington, D.C. as the predominantly black city gains limited voting rights.Congress.

8. In 1974, George Brown became first Black Lt. Governor in US (Colorado).

9. In 1989, Civil Rights Memorial dedicated in Montgomery, Alabama.

Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery

  • The Civil Rights Memorial honors the achievements and memory of those who died during the Civil Rights Movement, a period framed by the momentous Brown v. Board decision in 1954 and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968. The memorial serves as a vehicle for education and reflection about the struggle for equality.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For October 16


George Washington Williams

1. George Washington Williams,  was an American Civil War veteran, minister, politician and historian. He travelled to King Leopold II’s Congo Free State and his open letter to Leopold about the suffering of the region’s inhabitants at the hands of Leopold’s agents, helped to sway European and American public opinion against the regime running the Congo, under which some 10 million people lost their lives.

Manute Bol

2. Manute Bol, basketball player and activist. At 7 feet, 7 inches (2.31 meters), Bol was one of the tallest players ever to appear in the National Basketball Association.  Bol was officially measured at 7 feet, 6 3/4 inches tall by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Events In African American History For October 13


1. In 1896, Granville T. Woods Received Patent for System of electrical distribution

2. In 1914, Garrett A. Morgan invented and patented the gas mask.

3. In 1980, Rayford W. Logan, historian and author, awarded The Spingarn Medal,  “in tribute to his lifetime of service as an educator and historian.”

Events In African American History For October 01


 

1. In 1868,  John Mercer Langston founded and organized the Law Department of Howard University

2. In 1872, Morgan State College founded in Maryland.

3. In 1940, Dr. Charles Richard Drew was appointed medical director of the plasma project of Great Britain. As director of the first great experiment in the gross production of human plasma, Dr. Drew created models for later developments in the United States and Europe. When the project ended in 1941, Dr. Drew became the first director of a new project charged with the responsibility of setting up donor stations to collect blood plasma for the American armed services. He resigned three months later and became professor of surgery at Howard University. Under an American Red Cross ruling in World War II, Dr. Drew’s blood, ironically enough, would have been segregated from the blood of white donors.

4. In 1948, California Supreme Court voided state statue banning interracial marriages.

5. In 1952, Joe Black became the first black pitcher to win a World Series game. The Dodgers defeated the New York Yankees 4-2. Black was also the 1952 Rookie of the Year.

6. In 1962,Escorted by Federal Troops, James Meredith became first Black student at Old Miss.

7. In 1966,  Black Panther party founded in Oakland (Calif.) by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale.

8. In 1977, Soccer great Pele retires.

9. In 1985,  B. Smith & L. E. Branovich & G. L. Freeman Received Patent for Mtd. or preparing nonlaminating anisotropic

10. In 1989, Colin Powell named Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff.

11. In 1991, Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, art historian, becomes dean of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

12. In 1993, Rita Dove,  appointed as the Nation’s seventh poet laureate. She was the first Black, and youngest person to hold this position

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