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

Archive for the ‘Black Inventors’ Category

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For November 09


1. Benjamin Banneker, self-educated scientist, astronomer, inventor, writer, and antislavery publicist. He built a striking clock entirely from wood, published a Farmers’ Almanac for 10 years,  completed the design and layout of Washington, D.C., and actively campaigned against slavery. He was one of the first African Americans to gain distinction in science.

2. Dorothy Dandridge, actress and popular singer, and was the first African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.   She performed as a vocalist in venues such as the Nathan Featherston and the Apollo Theater.

After several minor bit parts in films, Dandridge landed her first noted film role in Tarzan’s Peril (starring Lex Barker), in 1951. Dandridge won her first starring role in 1953, playing a teacher in a low-budget film with a nearly all-black cast, Bright Road, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

She was nominated in 1954  for an Academy Award for Best Actress and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Carmen Jones, and in 1959 she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Porgy and Bess. In 1999, she was the subject of the HBO biopic Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, starring Halle Berry as Dandridge. She has been recognized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

3. Dion James, Major League Baseball Player, played as left and center fielder for an eleven-year career from 1983–1985, 1987–1990, 1992–1993, 1995-1996. James starred at C.K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento, California before being selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round (25th overall) in the 1980 Amateur Entry Draft. He played for the Brewers, Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees all of the American League and the Atlanta Braves of the National League.   James was the Brewers’ Rookie of the Year in 1984

4. Sandra Denton, known as Pepa, Is a Rapp and hip hop artist, actress, and a member of the female rap trio Salt-N-Pepa.

5. Mark Durrell Andrews known by his stage name Sisqó, is an  R&B singer and actor. He is best known as the lead singer of R&B group Dru Hill, and also for “Thong Song”, a song from his first solo LP, Unleash the Dragon, that became an international hit.

Events In African American History For November 08


1. In 1892,  More Awful Lychings, One hundred and sixty one Blacks reported lynched.

2. In 1898,   The Riot of 1898, in two days of racial violence, a mob of whites, led by some of Wilmington’s most respected and influential citizens, destroyed the state’s only daily African American newspaper. Coroner reports confirm nine blacks were killed; some estimate hundreds died. Scores of others were driven from their homes…

3. In 1932,  Spingarn Medal awarded to Robert R. Moton, president of Tuskegee Institute, for his “thoughtful leadership in conservative opinion and action.”

4. In 1938,  Crystal Bird Fauset becomes the 1st black woman elected to a state legislature in the U.S. acquiring this distinction by being named to the Pennsylvania House of Represenatives.

5. In 1960,   Otis M. Smith elected auditor general of Michigan and became the first Black chosen in a statewide election since the Reconstruction period.

6. In 1966,  Edward W. Brooke elected first Black US Senator in 85 years. (Since Reconstruction)

7. In 1966,  John H. Johnson, publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines, awarded Spingarn Medal “for his productive imagination…in the perilous field of publishing” and “for his contributions to the enhancement of the Negro’s self-image through his publications.”

8. In 1966,  John Perry Jr. & H. F. Hunger Received Patent for Biochem fuel cell

Events In African American History For November 06


1. In 1888, R. N. Hyde received Patent for Composition for cleaning & Preserving Carpets

2. In 1900, James Weldon Johnson composes “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sign.” The song becomes the “Black National Anthem.”

3. In 1920, James Weldon Johnson became the first Black executive secretary of the NAACP.

4. In 1920, Spingarn Medal awarded to W.E.B. Du Bois for “the founding and calling of the Pan African Congress.”

5. In 1928,  Spingarn Medal presented to Charles W. Chestnutt, the first Black to receive widespread critical recognition as a novelist. He was cited for his “pioneer work as a literary artist depicting the life and struggle of Americans of Negro descent.”

6. In 1928, Oscar DePriest  is elected to the 71st U.S. Congress from the first Congressional District of Illinois. He was the first black congressman from the North and the first to take a seat in Congress since Jim Crow laws and attitudes drove the last black from Congress in 1901. 

7. In 1962, Augustus F. Hawkins, was elected from Los  Angeles and became the first Black congressman from the West.

8. In 1962,  Edward W. Brooke elected attorney general of Massachusetts.

9. In 1962, Gerald Lamb elected treasurer of Connecticut.

10. In 1962,  Otis M. Smith elected to a full term on the Michigan Supreme Court.

11. In 1973,  Coleman Young was elected mayor of Detroit, becoming one of the first two Black mayors of city’s with over a million citizens.

12. In 1973, Thomas Bradley  elected mayor of Los Angeles. becoming one of the first two Black mayors of city’s with over a million citizens.

13. In 1990, Sharon Pratt Dixon (now Kelly) was elected mayor of Washington, D.C., making this a first for a woman

14. In 1998,  President Bill Clinton approved Public Law 105-355, which established the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site At Moton Field In Tuskegee, AL.

Events In African American History For November 04


 

1. In 1872, P. B. S. Pinchback is elected to the United States Congress from Louisiana. He was one of the most colorful of the blacks who took seats in Congress after the Civil War. His full name was Pinckey Benton Stewart Pinchback.

2. In 1872,  Blacks actually take political power in Louisiana. C. C. Antoine is elected lieutenant governor; P. G. Deslonde becomes secretary of state; and W. B. Brown becomes superintendent of public education. Virtually all black political gains would be taken away as the Reconstruction period gave way to the Jim Crow period.

3. In 1874, The Democratic Party sweeps the off-year elections. At this stage in history the Democrats are largely an anti-black political party. Their taking control of the House of Representatives helps pave the way for the end of Reconstruction

4. In 1879,  T. Elkins received Patent for Refrigerating Apparatus.

5. In 1922,  The entrance to King Tut’s tomb is discovered in Egypt. Controversy reigns to this day as to “King Tut’s color. Many black authorities claim white historians and museums continue a historic practice of using representations of Tut that lighten his skin and modify his African features.

6. In 1967, Soul Man By Sam and Dave Hit #2

7. In 2008,   Barack Obama Elected President Of  The United States Of America. On Election Night

Events In African American History For November 03


 

 

1. In1868, John W. Menard is elected to the U. S. Congress and was among the first group of blacks to take a seat in that body during the Reconstruction period that followed the Civil War. He defeated a white candidate in Louisiana’s 2nd district.

2. In 1883, A racist political coup takes place in Danville, Va. White conservatives aided by outright racists, violently seize control of city government from an elected group of blacks and whites. Four blacks are killed. This occurred during the Jim Crow period as whites began reasserting authority as Reconstruction ended.

3. In 1896, J. H. Hunter patented the portable weighing scales.1890 – South Carolina State University is established in Orangeburg, S. C.

4. In 1983, Jesse Jackson announces the first of his bids for president of the United States. At the time, his campaign is credited with registering the largest number of black voters in American history.

5. In 1992, Carol Mosely Braun (D-Ill.) becomes the first black woman elected to the United States Senate.

6. In 1992, James Clyburn becomes the first black person elected to the U. S. Congress from South Carolina since Reconstruction. He is now one of the most powerful members of Congress.

Events In African American History For November 02


1. In 1880,  P. Johnson received Patent for Eye protector

2. In 1886,   Henry Brown received Patent for Receptacle for Storing and Preserving Papers

3. In 1886,  I. D. Davis received Patent for Tonic

4. In 1889, The last great African king is crowned. Menelik II becomes “Negusa Nagast,” King of Kings, of Abyssinia, now Ethiopia.

5. In 1903,  Maggie L. Walker opens the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank in Richmond, Va.

6. In 1930,  Haile Selassie is crowned Emperor of Ethiopia after the death of Ethiopian Empress Zawditu.

7. In 1983,  By Act Of Congress, M.L.King Jr.’s Birthday becomes legal holiday

8. In 2008,  Lewis Hamilton won the Formula One World Championship in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Events In African American History For November 01


1. In 1604, William Shakespeare’s great play “Othello” was first performed at Whitehall Palace in London. It is the earliest known European play with a black lead character.

2. In 1866, America’s first Civil Rights Act is passed over the veto of President Andrew Johnson.

3. . In 1898, C. W. Allen received Patent for Self- Leveling Table

4. In 1910, Scholar and political activist WEB DuBois began publication of NAACP monthly magazine the Crisis.

5. In 1945, First issue of Ebony magazine published by John H. Johnson.

6. In 1951, Jet Magazine founded by Ebony Magazine Publisher J. H. Johnson.

7. In 1989, David Dinkins elected mayor of New York City.

8. in 1991, Clarence Thomas takes his seat on the United States Supreme Court.

Tag Cloud