January 6, 1831
The World Anti-Slavery Convention opens in London.
January 7, 1890
William B. Purvis patents fountain pen.
January 8, 1811
Charles Deslandes leads slave revolt in Louisiana.
January 9, 1866
Fisk University is founded in Nashville.
January 10, 1864
George Washington Carver, agricultural scientist, born.
January 11, 1985
Reuben V. Anderson, first African American to be appointed to Mississippi Supreme Court.
January 12, 1948
U.S. Supreme Court rules that African Americans have the right to study law at state institutions.