This Week in Black History

This Week in Black History

October 9, 1975 All-star outfielder Frank Robinson – whose later years were spent with the Los Angeles Dodgers and California Angels – is named manager...

This Week in Black History

October 2, 1967 U.S. Solicitor General Thurgood Marshall – whose brilliant legal work led to the Brown vs. Board of Education decision outlawing segregation in...

This Week in Black History

September 27, 1950 Gwendolyn Brooks becomes the first African-American writer to win a Pulitzer Prize for her book of poetry, “Annie Allen,” a coming-of-age tale...

This Week in Black History

Sept. 20, 1847 William Leidesdorff is elected to the San Francisco Town Council, becoming one of California’s first black elected officials. He later became the...

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 Kennedy Space...

This Week in Black History

September 6, 1866 Abolitionist and newspaper publisher Frederick Douglass becomes the first black person invited to serve as a delegate at a political convention in...

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...

This Week in Black History

August 16, 1963 Television and advertising executive George Olden becomes the first black person to design a U.S. postage stamp when he creates a stamp...

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