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3/21/1947 12:00:00 AM - James Baskett Wins Academy Award

In 1947 James Baskett(1904-1948)was given a Special Academy Award for his part in Disney's "Song Of The South". He was the second American of African decent to recieve an Academy Award. Baskett was also the first American of African decent hired by Disney. Unfortunately Baskett was unable to attend the premiere in Atlanta because he was unable to get accommodations.
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3/23/1968 12:00:00 AM - 1st Non-voting Congressional Delegate

Rev. Walter Fauntroy, a former aide of Martin Luther King Jr., became the first nonvoting congressional delegate from the District of Columbia since the Reconstruction period.
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5/15/1942 12:00:00 AM - 93rd Infantry

93rd Infantry activated and assigned to combat in the South Pacific; the first African American division formed during World War II
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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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2/20/1991 12:00:00 AM - African Americans win eight Grammys

African Americans win eight Grammys
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2/12/1939 12:00:00 AM - Augustus Nathaniel Lushington

Augustus Nathaniel Lushington became the first African American to earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.), earning the doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1897; died on this day.
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4/11/1972 12:00:00 AM - Benjamin L. Hooks

Benjamin L. Hooks, a Memphis lawyer-minister, becomes the first African American named to the Federal Communications Commission.
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6/2/1899 12:00:00 AM - Black Americans observed day of fasting

Black Americans observed day of fasting called by National Afro-American Council to protest lynching and racial massacres.
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4/25/1963 12:00:00 AM - Black and White Freedom Riders

Black and white Freedom Riders through the South test compliance with court decisions.
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2/21/1987 12:00:00 AM - Black Rebellion in Tampa, Florida

African Americans in Tampa, Florida rebelled after an African American man was killed by a white police officer while in custody.
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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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3/25/1871 12:00:00 AM - Citizens Challenge kkk

Kentucky Citizens file a petition challenging the violent acts of the kkk.
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6/25/1868 12:00:00 AM - Congress cracks down on civil rights for blacks

Congress readmitted North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama and Florida on condition "that the constitutions of said states shall never be amended or changed as to deprive any citizen or class of citizens or the United States of the right to vote in said states who are entitled to vote by the constitutions thereof herein recognized."
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3/7/1870 12:00:00 AM - Denouncement of Klan violence

Gov. William W. Holden of North Carolina denounced Klan violence and issued proclaimation declaring Almanance County in a state of insurrection.
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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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3/4/1889 12:00:00 AM - Fifty-first Congress convened

Fifty-first Congress convened. Three Black congressmen: Henry P. Cheatham, North Carolina; Thomas E. Miller, South Carolina; John M. Langston, Virginia.
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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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3/4/1869 12:00:00 AM - Forty-second Congress convened

Forty-second Congress convened (1871-73) with five Black congressmen: Joseph H. Rainey, Robert Carlos Delarge and Robert Brown Elliott,South Carolina; Benjamin S. Turner, Alabama; Josiah T. Walls, Florida. Walls was elected in an at-large election and was the first Black congressman to represent an entire state.
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6/4/1989 12:00:00 AM - Four African Americans win Tony Awards

Four African Americans win Tony Awards for Black and Blue
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3/1/1960 12:00:00 AM - Four national chain stores announced

Four national chain stores announced on October 17 that counters in about 150 stores in 112 cities in North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Texas, Tennessee, Missouri, Maryland, Florida and Oklahoma had been integrated.
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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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5/1/1902 12:00:00 AM - Jimmy Winkfield wins his second Kentucky Derby

Jimmy Winkfield wins his second Kentucky Derby in a row. African American jockeys have won 15 of 28 Derby races.
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2/1/1870 12:00:00 AM - Jonathan Jasper Wright

Jonathan Jasper Wright is elected to the South Carolina Supreme Court. He is the first African American to hold a major judicial position.
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2/6/1870 12:00:00 AM - Jonathan Jasper Wright

On this day, Jonathan Jasper Wright was elected to the South Carolina Supreme Court.
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4/9/1950 12:00:00 AM - Juanita Hall becomes the first African American

Juanita Hall becomes the first African American to win a Tony award for her role as Bloody Mary in the musical South Pacific.
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4/17/1823 12:00:00 AM - Jurist Mifflin Gibbs born

Arkansas jurist Mifflin Wistar Gibbs was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Gibbs became the nation's first African American judge in 1873. From 1850-1858, he served as U.S. consul to Madagascar.
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6/20/1871 12:00:00 AM - Ku Klux Klan trials began

Ku Klux Klan trials began in federal court in Oxford, Mississippi. Many whites, including doctors, lawyers, ministers and college professors, were arrested and jailed in the anti-Klan campaign. Of the 930 indicted in Mississippi, 243 were tried and found guilty. Some 1180 were indicted in South Carolina and 1849 were indicted in North Carolina.
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6/6/1950 12:00:00 AM - Lt. Gen. Frank E. Petersen (1932-).

On June 6, 1950, Frank Petersen enlisted in the Navy. At the age of 20, he was the first Afro-American to be named a naval aviator in the Marine Corp. He was also the first African American to command a fighter squadon, a fighter air group, an air wing, and a major base. Lt. Gen. Frank. Petersen, was considered by his friends to be a leader and a gentleman in his affairs.
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5/3/1866 12:00:00 AM - Memphis Massacre

On May 1-3, white civilians and police killed forty-six African-Americans and injured many more, burning ninety houses, twelve schools, and four churches in Memphis, Tennessee.
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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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2/22/1911 12:00:00 AM - On this day, the "Bronze Muse" died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Frances El

On this day, the "Bronze Muse" died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Frances Ellen Watkins Harper wrote more than a dozen books, including 'Poems on Miscellaneous Subjects'(1854); 'Moses, a Story of the Nile'(1869);and 'Sketches of Southern Life'(1872). Harper was the most famous female poet of her day and the most famous African-American poet of the 19th century. Also a well-known orator, she spoke frequently in public(sometimes twice in one day)promoting equal rights for women and African-Americans. She was a worker for the Underground Railroad, and in 1896 she helped establish the National Association of Colored Women.
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4/29/1922 12:00:00 AM - Parren James Mitchell

Parren James Mitchell, first African American elected to Congress from Maryland, born
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2/6/1867 12:00:00 AM - Peabody Fund established

The Peabody Fund for Black education in the South established.
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5/2/1963 12:00:00 AM - Protestors Arrested in Birmingham

An established 2,543 African American and white civil rights demonstrators protesting segregation were arrested and jailed in Birmingham, Alabama.
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5/1/1867 12:00:00 AM - Reconstruction of the South began with the

Reconstruction of the South began with the registering of Black and white voters in the South. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan ordered registration to begin in Louisiana on May 1 and to continue until June 30. Registration began in Arkansas in May. Other states followed in June and July. By the end of October, 1,363,000 citizens had registered in the South, including 700,000 Blacks. Black voters constituted a majority in five states: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina.
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6/5/1872 12:00:00 AM - Republican National Convention met in Philadelphia

Republican National Convention met in Philadelphia with substantial Black representation from Southern States. For the first time in American History, three Blacks addressed a major national political convention: Robert B. Elliot, Chairman of the South Carolina delegation; Joseph H. Rainy, South Carolina delegate; John R. Lynch, Mississippi delegate.
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2/1/1960 12:00:00 AM - Sit-in Movement in Greensboro, North Carolina

Four students form North Carolina A&T College started Sit-in movement at Greensboro, N.C., five-and-dime store. By February 10 movement had spread to fifteen Southern cities in five states.
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6/1/1864 12:00:00 AM - Solomon George Washington Dill killed

Solomon George Washington Dill, poor white ally of Black Republicans, assassinated in his home by white terrorists. Dill had allegedly made "incendiary speeches" to South Carolina Blacks.
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5/10/1962 12:00:00 AM - Southern School News reported that 246,988 or 7.6

Southern School News reported that 246,988 or 7.6 per cent of the Black pupils in public schools in seventeen Southern and Border States and the District of Columbia attended integrated classes in 1962.
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6/14/1939 12:00:00 AM - The Ethel Waters Show

The Ethel Waters Show, a variety special appears on NBC. It is the first time an African American appears on television
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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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6/12/1876 12:00:00 AM - The first known monument erected by African

The first known monument erected by African Americans to honor one of our heroes is dedicated to Richard Allen in Philadelphia's Fairmont park.
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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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4/11/1997 12:00:00 AM - The new Museum of African American History opens in Detroit. It is the largest

The new Museum of African American History opens in Detroit. It is the largest of its kind in the world.
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5/9/1750 12:00:00 AM - The South Carolina Gazette reports that Cae

The South Carolina Gazette reports that Caesar, a South Carolina slave has been granted his freedom and a life time annuity in exchange for his cures for poison and rattlesnake bite. Caesar and the famous James Derham of New Orleans are two of the earliest know African American medical practitioners.
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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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3/16/1999 12:00:00 AM - Thomas L. Jennings

Thomas L. Jennings - Mr. Jennings was the first African-American to have patented an invention. In 1821, Mr. Jennings was issued a patent for a dry-cleaning process known as "dry scouring." An activist for the rights of African Americans, he served as Assistant Secretary of the first annual Convention of the People of Color in June 1831 in Philadelphia.
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3/10/1863 12:00:00 AM - Two infanty regiments

Two infanty regiments, First and Second South Carolina Volunteers, captured and occupied Jacksonville, Fla., causing panic along Southern seaboard.
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4/21/1898 12:00:00 AM - Volunteer African American army units, including the 3rd Alabama, 3rd North Caro

Volunteer African American army units, including the 3rd Alabama, 3rd North Carolina, 6th Virginia, 9th Ohio, 9th Illinois, 23rd Kansas and 10th Cavalry regiments, some units with African American officers, took part in the Spanish-American War on Cuban soil. Some of these veterans, upon return to the United States, were treated with parades and speeches. Others were assaulted and even lynched.
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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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6/13/1910 12:00:00 AM - William D. Crum

William D. Crum (1859-1912), a South Carolina physician, appointed minister to Liberia.
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