1 - 1902 Poet and fiction writer Langston Hughes is born
2 - 1862 District of Columbia abolishes slavery
1989 Rebellion in Tampa, FL after suspicions death of Edgar Allen Price, who died during an arrest
3 - 1956 Autherine J. Lucy becomes first black student to attend the University of Alabama, she was expelled three days later "for her own safety." In 1992 she graduates from U of Alabama with a masters in education.
4 - 1913 Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks is born
5 - 1990 Barack Obama is first black person named president of the Harvard Law Review
6 - 1993 Professional tennis player, humanitarian and activist Arthur Ashe dies
7 - 1926 Negro History week, originated by Carter G. Woodson, is observed for the first time
8 - 1986 Oprah Winfrey becomes first black woman to host a nationally syndicated talk show
9 - 1968 Three black student protesters are killed in the Orangeburg Massacre (28 others were injured)
10 - 1964 US House of Representatives pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by a vote of 290-130
11 - 1990 Nelson Mendela is released
12 - 1909 Founding of National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
13 - 1923 First Black Pro basketball team is organized called "The Renaissance"
14 - 1817 Possible birthday of abolitionist and writer Frederick Douglass
15 - 1815 Black abolitionists invaded Boston courtroom and rescued a fugitive enslaved person
16 - 1951 New York City Council passes bill prohibiting racial discrimination in city assisted housing developments
17 - 1942 Black Panther Party co-founder Huey P. Newton is born
18 - 1688 Quakers in Germantown, PA adopt first formal antislavery resolution in US history
1934 Black lesbian author Audre Lorde is born
19 - 2002 Vonetta Flowers becomes the first black woman to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympic Games
20 - 1895 Abolitionist and writer Frederick Douglass dies
21 - 1965 Malcolm X is assassinated
22 - 1732 Slave owner and first US President George Washington is born
23 -1972 Political activist Angela Davis is released from prison
24 - 1864 Rebecca Lee Crumpler becomes the first black woman to receive an M.D.
25 - 1991 Adrienne Mitchell is first black woman to die in combat in the Persian Gulf War
26 - 2012 Unarmed 17 year-old Trayvon Martin is shot and killed in a gated community by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman (who is later found not guilty)
27 - 1872 Charloette Ray graduates from Harvard Law School, she is the first black lawyer in the US
28 - 1940 Richard Wright's Native Son is published
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