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5/26/1949 12:00:00 AM - Actress, Writer

Born on this day in Winston-Salem, N.C., USA. Pamala Suzette Grier is one of the most important African American actresses of the 1970s
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3/22/1882 12:00:00 AM - African American Shakespearean actor Morgan Smith

African American Shakespearean actor Morgan Smith dies in Sheffield, England. Smith had emigrated to England in 1866.
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2/20/1991 12:00:00 AM - African Americans win eight Grammys

African Americans win eight Grammys
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2/21/1936 12:00:00 AM - Barbara Jordan born

2/21/1936: On this day Barbara Jordan, who will be the first African American woman elected to the House of Representatives, is born
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5/21/1881 12:00:00 AM - Blanche Kelso Bruce sworn in as a U.S. Senator.

Blanche Kelso Bruce was a US Senator from Mississippi; the first black man to serve a full term in the senate, and the first person born into slavery to preside over the senate. While serving in the senate, he was an advocate for civil rights for blacks, native Americans, Chinese immigrants and former Confederates (as we remember, the radical republicans weren't too nice to that group). After serving in the Senate, Bruce held many government appointments, including Register of the Treasury (appointed by President Garfield), recorder of deeds for DC, and a second term as Register of the Treasury. Bruce was the first African American to be represented on US currency, in the form of his signature as Register of the Treasury. Register of the Treasury 05/21/1881 through 06/05/1885 and 12/03/1897 through 03/17/1898
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6/11/1930 12:00:00 AM - Charles Rangel, U.S. Congressman, born

Charles Rangel, U.S. Congressman, born
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2/27/1872 12:00:00 AM - Charlotte Ray graduates from Howard Law School.

Charlotte Ray graduates from Howard Law School. She is the first African American lawyer in the U.S.
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4/15/1922 12:00:00 AM - Chicago's first African American mayor, Harold Washington, was born.

Chicago's first African American mayor, Harold Washington, was born.
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5/14/1913 12:00:00 AM - Clara Stanton Jones

Clara Stanton Jones born ; first African American director of the Detroit Public Library and first African American president of the American Library Association
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2/11/1976 12:00:00 AM - Clifford Alexander Jr

Clifford Alexander, Jr. is confirmed as the first African American Secretary of the Army. He will hold the position until the end of President Jimmy Carter's term.
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6/5/1973 12:00:00 AM - Doris A. Davis of Compton, California becom

Doris A. Davis of Compton, California becomes the first African American woman to govern a metropolitan city.
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5/14/1885 12:00:00 AM - Erskine Henderson African American jockey wins

Erskine Henderson African American jockey wins the Kentucky Derby on a horse trained by African American trainer Alex Perry.
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6/13/1868 12:00:00 AM - Ex-slave Oscar J. Dunn

Ex-slave Oscar J. Dunn becomes lieutenant governor of Louisiana. It is the highest executive office held by an African American to date.
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2/7/1946 12:00:00 AM - Filibuster in U.S. Senate killed FEPC bill

Filibuster in U.S. Senate killed FEPC bill.
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2/8/1944 12:00:00 AM - First African American

Harry S. McAlphin - First African American to accredited to attend White House press conference.
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2/1/1865 12:00:00 AM - First African American Before US Supreme Court

John Sweat Rock (1825-1866), a noted Boston lawyer, became in 1865 the first African-American to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the first Black person to speak before the U.S. House of Representatives.
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2/27/1833 12:00:00 AM - First American-born woman to give public lectures

On this day in 1833, Maria W. Steward delivered one of the four speeches which confirmed her place in history as the first American-born woman to give public lectures. Stewards lectures focused on encouraging African-Americans to attain education, political rights, and public recognition for their achievements. Her speech on thi day delivered at the African Masonic Hall in Boston, Massachusetts, was titled "On African Rights and Liberty." Sixty-seven years later in Boston on this same day, African-American teacher and poet Angelina Weld Grimke was born. Grimke was a descendant of the famous white abolitionist and feminist sisters Angelina and Sarah Grimke.
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4/13/1669 12:00:00 AM - First Lutheran Baptism of African American

An African America man named Emmanuel was baptized April 13, 1669, (Palm Sunday) in a Lutheran congregation in New York.
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5/6/1985 12:00:00 AM - Gladys Ross dies

Gladys Merritt Ross, co-founder of Phi Delta Kappa sorority for African American teachers, dies in Stockton, California.
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6/20/1960 12:00:00 AM - Harry Belafonte wins an Emmy

Harry Belafonte wins an Emmy for his variety special Tonight with Harry Belafonte. It is the first Emmy awarded to an African American.
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2/15/1968 12:00:00 AM - Henry Lewis

On this day Henry Lewis becomes the first African American to lead a symphony orchestra in the United States.
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3/19/1975 12:00:00 AM - James B. Parsons

James B. Parsons becomes the first African American chief judge of a federal court, the U.S. District Court of Chicago. In 1961, Parsons became the first African American district court judge
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4/24/1972 12:00:00 AM - James M. Rodger, Jr.

James M. Rodger, Jr. first African American to be named National Teacher of the Year is honored at a White House ceremony.
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3/3/1836 12:00:00 AM - Jefferson F. Long born

Jefferson F. Long, a merchant and tailor, was born in Knoxville, Georgia. He became the first African American from Georgia elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving two months and 9 days.
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6/19/1918 12:00:00 AM - John H. Johnson, Editor and Publisher of JET

1918 : John H. Johnson, Editor and Publisher of JET and Ebony magazines, founder of Johnson Publishing Company, the most successful African American publishing company in the U.S., owner of Fashion Fair cosmetics, and the first African American owned radio station in Chicago, born
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4/2/1855 12:00:00 AM - John Mercer Langston, considered the first African

John Mercer Langston, considered the first African American to be elected to public office is elected clerk of Brownhelm, Ohio township
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6/16/1970 12:00:00 AM - Kenneth A Gibson elected the first African American mayor of Newark. In 1976, he

Kenneth A Gibson elected the first African American mayor of Newark. In 1976, he will be elected the first African American president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
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6/3/1919 12:00:00 AM - Liberty Life Insurance Company (Chicago)

Liberty Life Insurance Company (Chicago), the first old-line legal reserve company organized by Blacks in the North, incorporated. U.S. Supreme Court (Irene Morgan v. Commonwealth of Virginia) banned segregation in interstate bus travel.
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9/17/1983 12:00:00 AM - Miss America

Vanessa Williams is the 1st African American Miss America to be crowned.
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3/31/1930 12:00:00 AM - Nomination of Judge John J. Parker

President Hoover nominated Judge John J. Parker of North Carolina for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. The NAACP launched a national campaign against the appointment. Parker was not confirmed by the Senate.
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6/27/1972 12:00:00 AM - Patricia Roberts Harris

Patricia Roberts Harris, the first African American U.S. Ambassador is named permanent chairman of the Democratic National Convention. She will later be appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services and Secretary of Housing and Urban development
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2/23/1925 12:00:00 AM - Politician Louis Stokes born

Louis Stokes, former mayor of Detroit, Michigan, and member of the US House of Representatives, was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Stokes was the first African American elected to the House from Ohio.
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3/9/1871 12:00:00 AM - Politician Oscar De Priest born

Birthday in Florence, Alabama, of Oscar De Priest, who became a politician after moving to Chicago. Elected in 1928, De Priest was the first African American from Illinois elected to the House of Representatives.
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3/1/1864 12:00:00 AM - Rebecca Lee graduates from the New England

Rebecca Lee graduates from the New England Female Medical College. She along with Rebecca Cole and Susan Mc Kinney is one of the first African American female physicians.
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2/10/1927 12:00:00 AM - Ron Brown elected Chairman of the Democratic Party

Attorney Ronald Brown was elected national chairman of the Democratic Party and became the first African American to hold the post. Brown was later appointed Secretary of Commerce under the Clinton administration in 1994. He served in this capacity until he was killed in 1996 when he and 32 others died in a plane crash while on a diplmatic mission in Croatia.
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3/15/1980 12:00:00 AM - Scores injured in Klan-related incidents

Scores injured in Klan-related incidents in Georgia, Tennessee, California, Indiana and North Carolina, in March and April.
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5/17/1875 12:00:00 AM - The first Kentucky Derby

The first Kentucky Derby is won by African American jockey Oliver Lewis riding the horse Aristides. 14 of the 15 jockeys in the race are African Americans.
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4/7/1940 12:00:00 AM - The first U.S. stamp ever to honor an African American is issued bearing the lik

The first U.S. stamp ever to honor an African American is issued bearing the likeness of Booker T. Washington.
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3/18/1972 12:00:00 AM - The USS Jesse L. Brown, the first U.S. naval ship

The USS Jesse L. Brown, the first U.S. naval ship to be named after an African American naval officer is launched.
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4/8/1999 12:00:00 AM - 'This Far By Faith'

On this date in 1999, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America released "This Far By Faith: An African American Resource for Worship," which compiles hymns of liturgies of Lutheran African Americans.
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6/10/1964 12:00:00 AM - U.S. Senate imposed cloture for first time

U.S. Senate imposed cloture for first time on a civil rights measure, ending Southern Filibuster by a vote of 71-29. Civil rights bill, with public accommodation and fair employment sections, was signed by President Johnson on July 2.
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6/1/1973 12:00:00 AM - WGPR BECOMES THE 1ST TELEVISION station owned by African Americans- given a pe

WGPR BECOMES THE 1ST TELEVISION station owned by African Americans- given a permit to operate.
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2/20/1929 12:00:00 AM - Writer Wallace Thurman's play Harlem opens in NYC.

Writer Wallace Thurman's play Harlem opens in NYC. It is the first successful play by an African American playwright.
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