January 2017



Jan 1 President Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, 1863.
Jan 2 Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, the first African American woman to receive a Ph.D. in the United States, was born in Philadelphia, 1898.
Jan 3 William Tucker, the first recorded African American born in the American colonies, was born in Jamestown, Virginia, 1624.
Jan 4 Grace Bumbry, opera singer, was born in St. Louis, Missouri, 1937.
Jan 5 Alvin Ailey, Jr., hall of fame choreographer and activist, was born in Rogers, Texas, 1931.
Jan 6 Louis Allen Rawls, soul, jazz and blues singer, died in 2006.
Jan 7 Zora Neale Hurston, authorand playwright, was born in Notasulga, Alabama, 1891.
Jan 8 Charles Deslondes leads slave revolt in Louisiana, 1811.
Jan 9 Earl Gilbert Graves, Sr., publisher, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and founder of Black Enterprise magazine was born in Brooklyn, New York, 1935.
Jan 10 George Washington Carver, agricultural scientist, inventor, and educator born in 1864.
Jan 11 Reuben V. Anderson, first African American to be appointed to Mississippi Supreme Court, 1985.
Jan 12 U.S. Supreme Court rules that African Americans have the right to study law at state institutions, 1948.
Jan 13 Douglas Wilder becomes first African American U.S. governor (Virginia) since Reconstruction, 1990.
Jan 14 Dudley Randall, founder of Broadside Press, was born in Washington, D.C, 1914.
Jan 15 Martin Luther King, Jr., clergy-man, activist and leader of the Civil Rights Movement, was born in Atlanta, Georgia, 1929.
Jan 16 Marcelite Jordan Harris, the first African American female general in the United States Air Force, was born in Houston, Texas, 1943.
Jan 17 Three-time heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky, 1942.
Jan 18 Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, pioneer heart surgeon, was born in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, 1856.
Jan 19 John Harold Johnson, publisher (Ebony and Jet magazines), author, and businessman was born in Arkansas City, Arkansas, 1918.
Jan 20 Colin Luther Powell became the first African American United States Secretary of State, 2001.
Jan 21 Leonard Roy Harmon, the first African American to have a navy ship named in his honor, was born In Cuero, Texas, 1917.
Jan 22 Susan Rice confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., the first African American female to hold that position, 2009.
Jan 23 “Roots” the television miniseries based on Alex Haley’s book “Roots: The Saga of an American Family,” began airing on ABC, 1977.
Jan 24 Jackie Robinson is first African American elected to Baseball Hall of Fame, 1962.
Jan 25 Black Entertainment Television began broadcasting, 1980.
Jan 26 Angela Yvonne Davis, political activist and educator, was born in Birmingham, Alabama, 1944.
Jan 27 Leontyne Price made her Metropolitan Opera debut, 1961.
Jan 28 Ronald Ervin McNair, physicist & NASA astronaut, died, along with six other crew members, during the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger, 1986.
Jan 29 Violette Nealy Anderson becomes the first African American woman admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, 1926.
Jan 30 Franklin Thomas named president of Ford Foundation, 1979.
Jan 31 Benjamin Lawson Hooks, attorney, minister and civil rights leader, was born in Memphis, Tennessee, 1925.
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