Black History Archives

This Week In Black History

June 30, 2022

June 30, 1921 – Charles S. Gilping awarded Spingarn Medal for his performance in Eugene O’Neill’s Emperor Jones. July 1, 1889 – Frederick Douglass named U.S. Minister to Haiti. July 2, 1872 – Elijah McCoy patents his first self-lubricating locomotive engine. The quality of his inventions helped coin the phrase “The Real McCoy”. July 3,… [Read More]

This Week In Black History

June 23, 2022

June 23, 1940 – Sprinter Wilma Rudolph, winner of three gold medals at the 1960 Summer Olympics, born. June 24, 1964 – Carl T. Rowan appointed the Director of the United States Information Agency. June 25, 1941 – Franklin D. Roosevelt issues executive order establishing Fair Employment Practice Commission. June 26, 1975 – Samuel Blanton… [Read More]

Juneteenth: The history of a new holiday

June 16, 2022

Juneteenth, an annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States after the Civil War, has been celebrated by African Americans since the late 1800s. President Biden signed legislation last year that made Juneteenth, which falls on June 19, a federal holiday, after interest in the day was renewed during the summer of… [Read More]

Black Pride: Here are 5 black LGBTQ pioneers to know

June 9, 2022

June is the recognition of LGBTQ History Month. It is a subject is schools not as well covered as Black History Month, it is still a history that is very rich and diverse. Today, people like Laverne Cox, Andrea Jenkins, Phill Wilson and Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot are bringing increased visibility as openly LGBTQ,… [Read More]

This Week In Black History

June 9, 2022

June 9, 1995 – Lincoln J. Ragsdale, pioneer fighter pilot of World War II, dies. June 10, 1854 – James Augustine Healy, first African American Roman Catholic bishop, is ordained. June 11, 1912 – Joseph H. Dickson patents player piano. June 12, 1963 – Medgar W. Evers, civil rights leader, is assassinated in Jackson, MS…. [Read More]

This Week In Black History

June 2, 2022

June 2, 1971 – Samuel L. Gravely, Jr., becomes first African American admiral in U.S. Navy. June 3, 1890 – L.H. Jones patents corn harvester. June 4, 1972 – Angela Davis acquitted of all murder and conspiracy charges. June 5, 1987 – Dr. Mae C. Jemison becomes first Black woman astronaut. June 6, 1831 –… [Read More]

On Memorial Day, remember our most loyal and ill-treated troops

May 26, 2022

Hundreds of thousands of African American men enlisted and fought for a nation that saw them as second-class citizens. They deserve our thanks. Hundreds of thousands of African-American men enlisted and fought for a nation that saw them as second- class citizens. They deserve our thanks. While serving as a sentry with French forces in… [Read More]

This Week In Black History

May 26, 2022

May 26, 1961 – Marvin Cook named ambassador to Niger Republic; first black envoy named by Kennedy Administration to an African nation. May 27, 1919 – Madame C.J. Walker, cosmetics manufacturer and first black female millionaire, died. May 28, 1948 – National Party wins whites-only election in South Africa and begins to institute policy of… [Read More]

This Week In Black History

May 5, 2022

May 5, 1988 – Eugene Marino becomes first African American installed as a Roman Catholic archbishop in the U.S. May 6, 1991 – The Smithsonian Institution approves the creation of the National African American Museum. May 7, 1878 – Joseph R. Winters patents first fire escape ladder. May 8, 1983 – Lena Horne awarded the… [Read More]

This Week In Black History

April 28, 2022

April 28, 1839 – Cinque leads mutiny off the coast of Long Island, NY. April 29, 1899 – Duke Ellington, jazz musician and composer, born. April 30 1952 – Dr. Louis T. Wright honored by American Cancer Society for his contributions to cancer research. May 1, 1867 – First four students enter Howard University. May… [Read More]