January 19, 1969 – UCLA renames its social science buildings to honor alumnus Ralph Bunche.
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 Congressman 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.