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This Week in Black History (April 30-May 6)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer 30 April 2015
April 30 1992- The iconic family sitcom “The Cosby Show” featuring Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad ended. The successful show, which chronicled the lives of an upper middle class African-American ... read more >>
This Week in Black History (April 23-29)
Written by Intern 1 23 April 2015
(Charlotte Ray) April 23 1872- Charlotte E. Ray became the first female African American lawyer in the United States admitted to the District of Columbia Bar. April 24 1972- Robert Wedgeworth became ... read more >>
This Week in Black History (April 16-22)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer 16 April 2015
April 16 1973- Leila Smith Foley was elected mayor of Taft, Oklahoma, making her the first African American woman to be elected mayor of a U.S. city. April 17 1990- Playwright August Wilson won his ... read more >>
This Week in Black History (April 9-15)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer 09 April 2015
(Sidney Poitier) April 9 1950- Actress Juanita Hall became the first African American to win a Tony Award for best-featured actress in a musical for her role as Bloody Mary in, “South Pacific.” April ... read more >>
This Week in Black History (April 2-8)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer 02 April 2015
(Sarah Vaughan) April 2  1984- John Thompson, coach of Georgetown University’s basketball team, became the first African American Coach to win the National Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s ... read more >>
This Week in Black History (March 26-April 1)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer 26 March 2015
(Diana Ross) March 26 1944- Iconic actress and singer Diana Ross was born in Detroit, Michigan. Ross, who is known for being the lead singer of vocal group The Supremes, became one of Motown’s most ... read more >>
This Week in Black History (March 19-25)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer 19 March 2015
(Rosetta Tharpe) March 19 1939- Langston Hughes founded the New Negro Theater in Los Angeles, California. Hughes produced his plays “Trouble Island,” “Angela Herndon Jones,” and “Don’t ... read more >>
This Week in Black History (March 12-18)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer 12 March 2015
(Virginia Hamilton) March 12  1934- Multi-Award winning children’s book author Virginia Hamilton was born in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Hamilton is known for her book “M.C. Higgins, the Great,” book ... read more >>
This Week in Black History (March 5-11)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer 05 March 2015
(Leontine T.C. Kelly, far right second to last) March 5 1920- Leontine T.C. Kelly, the first female African American bishop within the Methodist denomination, was born in Washington, D.C.   March ... read more >>
This Week in Black History (Feb.26- March 4)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer; Kenneth D. Miller, Assistant Managing Editor 26 February 2015
(Andrew Brimmer) Feb. 26 1966- Andrew Brimmer became the first African American governor of the Federal Reserve board when President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him.  Feb. 27 1988- Figure skater ... read more >>
This Week in Black History (Feb.19-25)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer 19 February 2015
(John Singleton) Feb. 19 1992- Filmmaker John Singleton became the first African American director to be nominated for an Academy Award in categories for Best Director and Best Screenplay for his first ... read more >>
This Week in Black History (Feb.12-18)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer 12 February 2015
(Toni Morrison) Feb. 12 1971- African American owned North Milwaukee State Bank was opened. Feb. 13 1970- The New York Stock Exchange admitted its first African American member, Joseph Searles III. Feb. ... read more >>
This Week in Black History (Feb.5-11)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer 04 February 2015
' (Barack Obama) Feb. 5 1990- Columbia University graduate and Harvard University law student, Barack Obama, became the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review. Feb. 6 1945- Native ... read more >>
This Week in Black History (Jan. 29-Feb.4)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer 29 January 2015
(Oprah Winfrey) January 29 1954- Iconic talk show host, actress, filmmaker and billionaire Oprah Winfrey was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi. Winfrey is known for her philanthropic efforts and her historic ... read more >>
This Week in Black History (Jan. 22-28)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer 22 January 2015
(George Foreman) January 22 1948-  Heavyweight champion, George Foreman was born in Marshall, TX. Known for his knockout performance in the boxing ring, Foreman won his heavyweight championship in ... read more >>
This Week in Black History (December 25-31)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer 25 December 2014
(Bo Diddley) December 25 1951- Christmas evening a bomb blast by the Ku Klux Klan killed Florida’s NAACP President Harry T. Moore and his wife Harriette. Harry was a civil rights pioneer who was ... read more >>
This Week in Black History (December 18-24)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer 18 December 2014
(Cicely Tyson) December 18 1996- Oakland, California School Board becomes the first in the nation to recognize Black English, also known as Ebonics, as a separate language, not a dialect or slang. December ... read more >>
This Week in Black History (December 11-17)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer 11 December 2014
(Sam Cooke) December 11 1964- Legendary singer Sam Cooke died after he demanded entrance into his room at the Hacienda Motel, Los Angeles, where he was staying. After a brief physical struggle, the ... read more >>
This Week in Black History (December 4-10)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer 05 December 2014
(Fred Hampton) December 4 1915- The Great Migration began with approximately two million African American Southerners move to the Northern industrial centers to find work within the next following ... read more >>
This Week In Black History (Nov. 27 - Dec. 3): The Truth behind Thanksgiving
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer 27 November 2014
These photos depict the Pequot Massacre where hundreds of Native Indians were killed by Europeans and Pilgrims upset by a death of a fellow European Pilgrim  We all enjoy the holidays especially ... read more >>
This Week in Black History (Nov. 20 - Nov. 26)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer 20 November 2014
        (Elijah Muhammad) November 20 1962- President John F. Kennedy issued executive order barring racial discrimination in federally financed housing. November 21 1918- Henry B. Delany elected ... read more >>
This Week in Black History (Nov. 13 - Nov. 19)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer 13 November 2014
(Agbani Darego) November 13 1913- Dr. Daniel Hale Williams became the first African American elected to the American College of Surgeons. Williams was also the first person to perform open-heart surgery. 1940- ... read more >>
This Week in Black History (Nov. 6 - Nov. 12)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer 06 November 2014
(Charlie Sifford) November 6 1928- Oscar DePriest was elected to the 71st Congress from Illinois' First Congressional District in Chicago. He was the first congressman from the Northern part of the ... read more >>
This Week in Black History (Sept. 25 - Oct. 1)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Contributing Writer 25 September 2014
(Bessie Smith)   September 25 1861- The Secretary of the Navy authorizes the enlistment of African Americans in the Union Navy. The enlistees could achieve no rank higher than “boys” and receive ... read more >>
This Week in Black History (Sept. 18 - Sept. 24)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Contributing Writer 18 September 2014
(Jimi Hendrix) September 18 1850- As part of the Compromise of 1850, U.S. Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Law. It required that all escaped slaves were, upon capture, to be returned to their masters ... read more >>



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