This Week in Black History

This Week in Black History

April 2, 1855 Longtime activist John Mercer Langston, an abolitionist, attorney and diplomat, is elected clerk of an Ohio township, becoming the nation’s first African-American...

This Week in Black History

March 20, 1948 Los Angeles actor James Baskett becomes the first black man to receive an Academy Award when he wins an honorary Oscar for...

This Week in Black History

March 13, 2020 Breonna Taylor is killed when Louisville, Kentucky, police officers issuing a no-knock search warrant enter her home looking for her ex-boyfriend. Her death...

This Week in Black History

March 5, 1770 Massachusetts sailor Crispus Attucks is shot to death by British Redcoats, reportedly becoming the first patriot killed in the cause of U.S....

This Week in Black History

February 29, 1940 Los Angeles actress-activist Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African American to win a coveted Academy Award when she captures Best Supporting Actress...

This Week in Black History

Feb. 19, 1992 Los Angeles native John Singleton became the first African American to be nominated for a best director Oscar – and, at age...

This Week in Black History

Feb. 12, 1909 Educator W.E. B. DuBois is one of 60-plus activists who form the NAACP to fight for racial equality for black Americans. As...

This Week in Black History

Feb. 8, 1986 Stanford student Debi Thomas becomes the first black skater to win the women’s singles of the U.S. National Figure Skating Championship. In...

This Week in Black History

January 29, 2009 President Barack Obama signs his first bill as president of the United States. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 revised...

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