This Week in Black History

This Week in Black History

April 26, 1903 Maggie L. Walker, a crusading businesswoman, civic activist and newspaper editor, founds the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank and Trust Company in...

This Week in Black History

April 15, 1947 Jackie Robinson starts at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first black to play in Major League Baseball in the...

This Week in Black History

April 13, 1997 Orange County native Eldrick “Tiger” Woods shoots a record-breaking18-under-par, beating the second-place finisher by 12 strokes and becoming the youngest (age 21)...

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...

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