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African-American Facts for Week of: September 27th

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Know Your History!

Up to the early 20th century, most American knowledge of Black history was limited to the African American struggle through slavery and emancipation. The significance of Black history is recognition of the advancements and accomplishments of a group of people once defined by the Constitution as three-fifths of a person. While slavery in America hosts the background of Black history, the African American impact on history reaches beyond the country’s early history, as African Americans have made significant contributions to every field of endeavor, including politics, science, culture, social causes, arts, literature, athletics and the economy.

African-American Facts for Week of: September 27th

September 27, 1950


Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks awarded Pulitzer Prize (May 1) for her book of poetry, Annie Allen. She was the first Black cited by the Pulitzer committee.


September 27, 1954


School Integration Begins

School integration began in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Md., Public Schools.

September 28, 1895


National Baptist Convention

These Baptist groups, the Foreign Mission Convention of the United States, the American National Baptist Convention, the Baptist National Education Convention, Merged and established the National Baptist Convention at an Atlanta meeting.

September 29, 1784

First African Lodge established by Prince Hall

The First African Lodge, #459, was established with Prince Hall as its Worshipful Master.

September 29, 1979


Nobel Memorial Prize In Economics

Sir William Arthur Lewis, Professor of Economics Princeton University, became the first black to receive the Nobel Prize in Economics. This award represents the highest level of accomplishment for an economist.

October 1, 1975


Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier fight

Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier fight in the “Thrilla in Manila”. Ali wins.


October 1, 1872


Morgan State College

Morgan State College was founded in Maryland, 1872.


October 1, 1886


Kentucky State College

Kentucky State College is founded in Frankfort, KY, 1886.

October 1, 1935


Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters

The first official bargaining agent for black workers was the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. This was the first major nationwide black union founded by A. Phillip Randolph.

October 1, 1966


Black Panther party founded in Oakland (Calif.)

Black Panther party founded in Oakland (Calif.) by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale.

October 1, 1872


Morgan State College

Morgan State College was founded in Maryland, 1872.

October 2, 1967


Thurgood Marshall is sworn in

Thurgood Marshall is sworn in, and becomes the first Black Supreme Court Justice, 1967.

October 3, 1904


Mary McLeod Bethune opens (2) Schools

Mary McLeod Bethune opened Daytona Normal and Industrial School in Daytona Beach, Florida.


About Annette  

To me, the omission of any group from history teachings results in a limited understanding of history’s relationship with the present and future. Know your history.

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