George Floyd was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer in 2020. George Floyd was pinned by the neck for almost 9 minutes by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin until he lost consciousness and died. The death of George Floyd sparked global protests and riots.
Army Sgt. William Carney became the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor in 1900. Army Sgt. William Carney earned the Medal of Honor for his efforts to protect the American flag during the Civil War.
Prominent poet and writer Langston Hughes died in 1967. Langston Hughes used his gift of poetry and writing to highlight key aspects of African American history. He was a leading figure during the Harlem Renaissance.