This Week in Black History

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...

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 28, 1966 Bill Russell is named head coach of the Boston Celtics, becoming the first African American to coach an NBA team. He would...

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