On September 10, 1976, Dr. Mordecai Johnson, the first African American president of Howard University, died at the age of 86.
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Dr. Carter G. Woodson creates the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History
On September 9, 1915, Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.
Althea Gibson becomes the first African American to win the U.S Open
On September 8, 1957, Althea Gibson became the first African American to win the U.S Open.
Classes start at Baltimore public schools after Brown vs. Board ruling of 1954
On September 7, 1954, classes officially began in Baltimore with school integration in effect.
John Brown Russwurm becomes the first African American to graduate from Bowdoin College
On September 6, 1826, John Brown Russwurm became the first African American to graduate from Bowdoin College.
Cassius Clay wins a gold medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics
On September 5, 1960, Cassius Clay, who later became Muhammad Ali, won a gold medal at the Rome Olympics in 1960.
Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus calls the Arkansas National Guard on the ‘Little Rock Nine’
On September 4, 1957 Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus called on the Arkansas National Guard to prohibit black students from entering a formerly all white high school.
Charles Hamilton Houston is born
On September 3, 1895, influential lawyer and activist Charles Hamilton Houston was born in 1895.
Riots break out in Clinton, Tennessee over school integration
On September 2, 1956, riots erupted in Clinton, Tennessee over school integration.
Pittsburgh Pirates field the first all-Black lineup in MLB history
On September 1, 1971, the Pittsburgh Pirates fielded the first all-Black lineup in MLB history in 1971.