1. In 1777, George Washington reverses previous policy and allows the recruitment of black soldiers in the Revolutionary War, only after deposed British governor of Virginia issued The Dunmore Proclamation promising freedom to any slave who signed up on the Royal side.
2. In 1862, Residents of Rochester, N.Y., joined Frederick Douglass in a vigil in anticipation of the Emancipation Proclamation, which went into effect at midnight. What did they eat the next day? Greens, Blackeyed peas w/hamhocks and cornbread. Yes that’s where it all began.
3. In 1935, Marian Anderson made her Town Hall debut in New York. Her performance was described by Howard Taubman, the New York Times reviewer, as “music making that probed too deep for words.”
4. In 1953, Hulan Jack sworn in a Manhattan Borough president.
5. In 1953, Spingarn Medal presented to Paul R. Williams for his achievements as an architect.
6. In 1966, Sixth day of Kwanzaa, Celebrating the sixth of Seven Principles, Kuumba (Creativity)
7. In 1984, The first nationally broadcast telethon for the United Negro College fund is held and raises 14.1 million
8. In 2011, President Obama Signs Indefinite Detention Bill Into Law