On August 9, 2014 Police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year old unarmed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
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African Baptist Church | Oldest Black Church in Boston
On August 8, 1805, the African Baptist Church, Massachusetts’ oldest black church, was founded by Reverend Thomas Paul.
James Cameron | Lynching Survivor, Founder of America’s Black Holocaust Museum
James Cameron went on to found NAACP chapters in Madison, Wisconsin, Munchie and South Bend, Indiana. In 1998, Cameron founded America’s Black Holocaust Museum to showcase the history of lynching.
Today in History | The National Bar Association
On August 1, 1925 the Negro Bar Association is founded in Des Moines, Iowa. The Negro Bar Association later named the National Bar Association, was created to welcome black lawyers who were excluded from predominantly white law associations.
Deval Patrick | First Black Governor of Massachusetts
On July 31st, 1956, Deval Laurdine Patrick was born in Chicago, Illinois.
Deval Patrick was elected the first black governor of Massachusetts in 2006. He’s only the second black governor in U.S history.
Laurence Fishburne | Famous Actor, Director, Executive Producer
Laurence John Fishburne III was born on July 30, 1961 in Augusta, Georgia. He is a famous actor, director, executive producer and writer.
Haben Girma | Disability Rights Lawyer, Advocate | First Deafblind Person To Graduate From Harvard Law School
July 29th Haben Girma was born on July 29th, 1988 in the San Francisco area. She is the first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School. Academics Haben Girma accelerated in her studies early on using braille. Lewis and Clark In 2010, Haben Girma graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts from Lewis andContinue reading “Haben Girma | Disability Rights Lawyer, Advocate | First Deafblind Person To Graduate From Harvard Law School”
The Fourteenth Amendment, which granted citizenship and equal rights to African Americans took effect on July 28th, 1868. Although the Fourteenth Amendment was sent to Congress for ratification on June 16, 1866 it was not officially enforced until July 28th, 1868.
Today in History | Garrett Morgan died | First Black Man to Own A Car in Cleveland, Ohio | Famous Inventor
Did you know? Garrett Morgan was an inventor, who patented an improved sewing machine, a hair strengthening product, a breathing mask and a traffic signal. He was also the first black man in Cleveland, Ohio to own a car.
Today in History | July 23 | Detroit Riot of 1967
July 23rd The Detroit riot of 1967 started between African Americans and the Detroit Police Department. The riot started on July 23, 1967 and lasted five days. It is marked as the turning point for the black power movement. What Happened? The riot started when police raided an illegal drinking club and arrested hundreds, the majorityContinue reading “Today in History | July 23 | Detroit Riot of 1967”