January 20, 1977
Patricia Roberts Harris becomes U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the first black woman to hold a Cabinet position.
January 21, 1936
Former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan born.
January 22, 1949
James Robert Gladden becomes first African American certified in orthopedic surgery.
January 23, 1891
Dr. Daniel Hale Williams founds Provident Hospital in Chicago, one of the first schools of nursing for black students in the U. S.
January 24, 1865
Congress passes 13th Amendment which, on ratification, abolished slavery in America.
January 25, 1851
Sojourner Truth addresses the first Black Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio.
January 26, 1954
Dr. Theodore K. Lawless, dermatologist, awarded the Spingarn Medal for his research in skin-related diseases.