This Week in Black History

This Week in Black History

June 24, 1936 Bethune-Cookman College President Mary McLeod Bethune, the 15th child of former slaves, is named director of Negro Affairs for the National Youth...

This Week in Black History

June 13, 1967 Former NAACP chief counsel Thurgood Marshall – who led the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education case that outlawed segregation in public...

This week in Black History

June 5, 1973 Former Compton schoolteacher Doris A. Davis, who had been elected the city’s first black city clerk, defeats incumbent Mayor Douglas Dollarhide to...

This Week in Black History

May 29, 1973 Despite a sometime hostile and racially tinged campaign, former Los Angeles City Councilman Tom Bradley, the grandson of a former slave, defeats...

This Week in Black History

May 19, 1965 Patricia R. Harris is appointed ambassador to Luxembourg by President Lyndon Baines Johnson, becoming the first African-American woman to become a U.S....

This Week in Black History

May 17, 1988 Patricia Era Bath, a co-founder of the King-Drew Medical Center Ophthalmology training program, secures a patent for laser technology for the removal...

This Week in Black History

May 10, 1994 After more than 27 years as a political prisoner, Nelson Mandela is inaugurated as the first democratically elected president of South Africa,...

This Week in Black History

April 25, 1944 Frederick Douglass Patterson, the president of Tuskegee Institute, with Mary McLeod Bethune and others, incorporates the United Negro College Fund in Washington,...

This Week in Black History

April 13, 1964 Sydney Poitier, who died earlier this year, became the first African American to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, for his...

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