Matthew Henson Receives a Joint Medal from Congress Jan28

Matthew Henson Recei...

    1944 – Matthew Henson receives a joint medal by Congress Matthew Henson receives a joint medal by Congress for his role as co-discoverer of the North Pole 1934 – Baseball Outfielder William “Bill” White born Baseball outfielder William “Bill”...

Ralph Ellison wins N...

    Ralph Ellison’s powerful novel, Invisible Man, wins the National Book Award. Ralph Ellison’s powerful novel, Invisible Man, wins the National Book Award. 1972 – Mahalia Jackson Gospel music legend Mahalia Jackson dies this day in Evergreen Park,...

Executive Order 9981, to end segregation in US Armed Forces is signed by President Harry Truman Jan26

Executive Order 9981...

 1948 – Executive Order 9981, to end segregation in US Armed Forces is signed by Preside Executive Order 9981, to end segregation in US Armed Forces is signed by President Harry Truman 1893 – First Black American woman aviator, Bessie Coleman was born, 1893 First Black American...

Jackie Robinson Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Jan24

Jackie Robinson Indu...

    1962 – Jackie Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Jackie Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. 1993 – Thurgood Marshall, dies First Black Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall, dies, 1993 1949 – Birthday of Aaron Neville,...

24th Amendment to U.S. Constitution Jan23

24th Amendment to U....

    1964 – 24th Amendment The 24th Amendment to the US Constitution is ratified. It abolishes poll tax, which was used as a means of preventing african americans from voting 1977 – ABC-TV begins televising the Roots mini-series (which would go on to be the most ABC-TV...

Sam Cooke Born

    1931 – Sam Cook, Father of Soul Music, born. Singer Sam Cook, the son of a minister and believed by many to be the first father of soul music, was born in Chicago, Illinois. Cook began his singing career with a gospel group known as the Singing Children. His fame came in...

Carl Rowan Named Dir...

    1964 – Carl T. Rowan named director of the United States Information Agency. 1906 – Willam Brown-Chappell was born Pioneer aviator, Willam Brown-Chappell was born, 1906 1773 – Phillis Wheatley freed Poet Phillis Wheatley, born a slave in 1754, was freed and her...

Colin Powell Named Secretary of State Jan20

Colin Powell Named S...

    2001 – First Black Secretary of State Colin Luther Powell is sworn in by President George W. Bush as Secretary of State. He is the first black secretary of state in U.S. history. 1977 – William T. Coleman Steps down as Secretary of Transportation On this date William...

Hiram Revels Elected Senator Jan20

Hiram Revels Elected...

    1870 – Hiram Rhodes Revels elected senator Hiram Rhodes Revels elected senator (from Mississippi), becoming the first Black US Senator in the US 1936 – Barbara Jordan was born Congresswoman, Barbara Jordan was born, 1936 1947 – Josh Gibson Baseball’s Josh...

Willie O’Ree Breaks NHL Color Barrier Jan18

Willie O’Ree B...

    On January 18, 1958, Willie O’Ree became the first Black player to appear in a National Hockey League game. After numerous injuries suffered by Boston Bruins players, O’Ree was called up from the minor leagues to play against the Montreal Canadians. O’Ree...

Daniel Hale Williams Born Jan18

Daniel Hale Williams...

    1858 – Daniel Hale Williams born Daniel Hale Williams, 1st physician to perform open heart surgery is...

Muhammad Ali Born Jan17

Muhammad Ali Born

   1942 – Muhammad Ali  born Boxing champion, Muhammad Ali was born 1923 – Spingarn Award: George Washington Carver Spingarn Medal awarded to George Washington Carver, head of the department of research, Tuskegee Institute, for his pioneering work in agricultural...

James Earl Jones Bor...

    1931 – Actor James Earl Jones born Actor James Earl Jones was born in Arkabutla, Tate County, Mississippi. His movie credits include The Hunt for Red October, Roots, Dr. Strangelove and voices in both Star Wars and The Lion King. 1931 – Lawrence Douglas Wilder was...

Charles Drew Founds Blood Bank Jan16

Charles Drew Founds ...

   1941 – Charles Drew founds Blood Bank A Black scientist helped save thousands of lives during World War II. Dr. Charles Richard Drew set up and ran the pioneer blood plasma bank in Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. This bank served as one of the models for the system...

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Founded at Howard University Jan16

Zeta Phi Beta Sorori...

   1920 – Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Founded Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, founded at Howard University in 1920, incorporated. 1776 – Continental Congress approved Washington’s order Continental Congress approved Washington’s order on the enlistment of free Blacks....

Martin Luther King J...

   1929 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Born Civil right leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on this date in 1929.  He was born in Atlanta, Georgia and his birth name was Michael King. His father changed both of their before they made a trip to Germany. He chose Martin...

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Founded Jan15

Alpha Kappa Alpha So...

   1908 – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Founded Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the first organization of black Greek sisterhood was founded on this date at Howard University in Washington, D. C. by Ethel Hedgeman (Lyle). 1970 – Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church honored...

P.B.S. Pinchback elected to the U. S. Senate. Jan14

P.B.S. Pinchback ele...

   1873 – P.B.S. Pinchback Elected to the Senate P.B.S. Pinchback elected to the U. S. Senate. He had previously served as the Governor of Louisiana when then incumbent Governor Henry Warmoth was impeached. Pinchback was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and thus...

Robert Weaver Appointed To a Presidential Cabinet Jan13

Robert Weaver Appoin...

   1966 – First Black Appointed To a Presidential Cabinet Robert Weaver became the first Black appointed to a presidential cabinet when he was named to serve as the Secretary Department of Housing and Urban Development President Lyndon B. Johnson. The department was newly...

Motown Records is Formed

    Motown Records was formed today in 1959 by Berry Gordy, Jr.