This Week in Black History

This Week in Black History

December 20, 1956 The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. announces the end of a 381-day bus boycott against the city of Montgomery, Ala., after city...

This Week in Black History

October 24, 1935  Langston Hughes’ play “Mulatto” opens in New York, becoming the first black-authored play to become a long-running Broadway hit. It holds the...

This Week in Black History

October 16, 1968 San Jose State track stars Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised gloved fists during a medal ceremony at the Summer Olympics in...

This Week in Black History

October 9, 1975 Former all-star outfielder Frank Robinson is named manager of the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first black manager of a major league professional...

This Week in Black History

October 5, 1985 Grambling State University defeats Prairie View A&M 27-7, giving Grambling coach Eddie Robinson 324 career victories in college football, breaking the legendary...

This Week in Black History

September 17, 1983 Vanessa Williams becomes the first black woman to be crowned Miss America. Though smart, talented and beautiful, Williams was subjected to hate...

This Week in Black History

September 12, 1992 Chicago physician Dr. Mae Jemison becomes the first African-American woman in space when the space shuttle Endeavour lifts off from the Kennedy...

This Week in Black History

August 30, 1967 The U.S. Senate confirms the appointment of Thurgood Marshall to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Lyndon Johnson. Marshall, who argued before...

This Week in Black History

August 24, 1950 Chicago attorney and social worker Edith Sampson is named the first black person to be appointed a U.S. delegate to the United...

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