This Week in Black History

This Week in Black History

Feb. 8, 1986 Stanford student Debi Thomas becomes the first black skater to win the women’s singles of the U.S. National Figure Skating Championship. In...

This Week in Black History

January 29, 2009 President Barack Obama signs his first bill as president of the United States. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 revised...

This Week in Black History

January 23, 1977 Alex Haley’s award-winning narrative “Roots” is adapted for television in a landmark mini-series that would explore black people’s forced journey from Africa...

This Week in Black History

December 26, 1966 Black historian Maulana Ron Karenga introduces Kwanzaa, a non-religious holiday designed to celebrate African and African-American culture. The holiday honors seven core...

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...

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