April 14, 1775
First abolitionist society in U.S. is founded in Philadelphia.
April 15, 1964
Sidney Poitier becomes first Black to win Academy Award for Best Actor for Lilies of the Field.
April 16, 1862
Slavery abolished in the District of Columbia.
April 17, 1983
Alice Walker wins Pulitzer Prize for fiction for The Color Purple.
April 18, 1864
More than 200 Black Union troops massacred by Confederate forces at Ft. Pillow, Tennessee.
April 19, 1972
Stationed in Germany, Major Gen. Frederic E. Davidson becomes first Black to lead an army division.
April 20, 1894
Dr. Lloyd A. Hall, pioneering food chemist, born.