Negro History Week Established
1926 – Negro History Week Begins. What is now known as Black History Month, was first celebrated on this date as Negro History Week by Carter G. Woodson. It became a month long celebration in 1976.
1865 – John Sweat Rock, a doctor, lawyer and abolitionist from Boston, Massachusetts, became the first African-American admitted to the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court. He was also one of the first Blacks to obtain a medical degree and was the first Black person to speak before the U.S. House of Representatives. He was also believed by many to have coined the phrase “Black is beautiful!”
1978 – The U.S. Postal Service released a stamp commemorating abolitionist Harriet Tubman. The stamp was the first in a line of its “Black Heritage USA” series.
The first stamp of the U.S. Postal Service’s Black Heritage USA series honors Harriet Tubman, famed abolitionist and “conductor” on the Underground Railroad.