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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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4/19/1866 12:00:00 AM - abolition of slavery

On April 19, 1866, the African American citizens of Washington D.C. celebrated the abolition of slavery. 4,000 to 5,000 people assembled to the White House addressed by Andrew Johnson. Led by two black regiments the spectators, and the procession proceeded up the Pennsylvania Avenue to Franklin Square for religious services and speeched by prominiet politicians. The sign on top of the platform read: "We have recieved our civil rights. Give us the right of suffrage and the work is done."
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3/8/1825 12:00:00 AM - Alexander Thomas Augusta

Alexander Thomas Augusta, first African American faculty member of an American medical school, Howard University, is born free
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3/12/1791 12:00:00 AM - Benjamin Banneker commissioned to lay out D.C.

Benjamin Banneker and Pierre Charles L'Enfant, are commissioned to lay out the District of Columbia.
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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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2/8/1894 12:00:00 AM - Congress repeals the Enforcement Act

Congress repeals the Enforcement Act which makes it easier for some states to disenfranchise African American voters.
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3/3/1852 12:00:00 AM - Daniel A. P. Murray born

Born in Baltimore on March 3. Murray, an African-American, was assistant librarian of Congress, and a collector of books and pamphlets by and about black Americans.
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4/29/1899 12:00:00 AM - Duke Ellington Born

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington, world famous musician, born in Washington, D.C.
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4/20/1899 12:00:00 AM - Edward ("Duke") Kennedy Ellington was born on this day.

Edward ("Duke") Kennedy Ellington was born on this day.
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6/13/1937 12:00:00 AM - Eleanor Holmes

Eleanor Holmes (later Eleanor Norton) is born in Washington, DC. A graduate of the Yale University School of Law, Norton will become chairperson of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, and a Georgetown University law professor before being elected a non-voting delegate to Congress representing the District of Columbia.
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2/11/1961 12:00:00 AM - February 11, Robert Weaver sworn in as

February 11, Robert Weaver sworn in as administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Agency, highest federal post to date by a Black American.
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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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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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1/1/1999 12:00:00 AM - First Major Black Art Gallery

The first major black art gallery was established at Howard University.
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6/3/1833 12:00:00 AM - Fourth national Black convention met

Fourth national Black convention met in Philadelphia with sixty-two delegates from eight states. Abraham D. Shadd of Pennsylvania was elected president.
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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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8/13/1911 12:00:00 AM - James B. Parsons, first African American ap

James B. Parsons, first African American appointed to a lifetime federal judgeship in the U.S. (1961) , born
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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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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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2/27/1902 12:00:00 AM - Marian Anderson born

2/27/1902: On this day Marian Anderson, who will become a world-renowned opera singer and the first African American soloist to perform at hte White House , is born in Philadelphia, PA.
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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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3/1/1791 12:00:00 AM - Pioneers

Benjamin Banneker, with Charles L'Enfant, is commissioned to lay out Washington in the District of Columbia, 1791
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5/26/1943 12:00:00 AM - President Edwin Barclay of Liberia, first African

President Edwin Barclay of Liberia, first African president to pay an official visit to an American president, arrived at White House.
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5/17/1969 12:00:00 AM - Rev

Rev. Thomas Kilgore, a Los Angeles pastor, was elected president of the predominantly white American Baptist Convention.
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6/1/1835 12:00:00 AM - Sixth national Black convention met

Sixth national Black convention met in Philadelphia with thirty-five delegates from six states and the District of Columbia.
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5/4/1961 12:00:00 AM - Thirteen Freedom riders began bus trip through

Thirteen Freedom riders began bus trip through South.
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2/6/1933 12:00:00 AM - Walter E. Fauntroy born

Walter E. Fauntroy was born in Washington, D.C. He went on to become a District of Columbia delegate to the House of Representatives.
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4/16/1862 12:00:00 AM - Wash., D.C. Slave Emancipation and Reparations

On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia. Passage of this act came 9 months before President Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation. The act brought to conclusion decades of agitation aimed at ending what antislavery advocates called "the national shame" of slavery in the nation's capital. The law provided for immediate emancipation, compensation of up to $300 for each slave to loyal Unionist masters, voluntary colonization of former slaves to colonies outside the United States, and payments of up to $100 to each person choosing emigration. Over the next 9 months, the federal government paid almost $1 million for the freedom of approximately 3,100 former slaves. The District of Columbia Emancipation Act is the only example of compensated emancipation in the United States. Though its three-way approach of immediate emancipation, compensation, and colonization did not serve as a model for the future, it was an early signal of slavery's death. Emancipation was greeted with great jubilation by the District's African-American community. For many years afterward, black Washingtonians celebrated Emancipation Day on April 16 with parades and festivals
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4/1/1966 12:00:00 AM - World Festival of Black Art

Through the 24th, First world festival of Black art held in Dakar, Senegal. One of the largest delegations came from Black America.
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