Georg Olden became the first African American to design a U.S. postage stamp in 1963, when the Emancipation Proclamation stamp was issued.
Seventy-five delegates from twelve states gathered at the National Negro Convention of 1843 held in Buffalo, New York to discuss anti-slavery.
Civil rights activist Victoria Jackson Gray-Adams died on August 12, 2006 at 79. Gray-Adams was a prominent civil rights activist in Mississippi.
Jesse Jackson and his coalition started the boycott against Coca-Cola in 1987 due to lack of black presentation on their staff and no support towards black owned businesses.
Famous African American writer Alex Haley was born on August 11, 1921.
Alex Haley is the author behind Roots: The Saga of an American Family. ABC turned the book into a television series which aired on January 23rd, 1977.
On August 8, 1805, the African Baptist Church, Massachusetts’ oldest black church, was founded by Reverend Thomas Paul.
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.
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.
Laurence John Fishburne III was born on July 30, 1961 in Augusta, Georgia. He is a famous actor, director, executive producer and writer.
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.