1. In 1777, 233 Years ago Today, 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, 148 Years ago Today, 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, yes that’s where it all began.
3. In 1935, 75 Years ago Today, 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, 57 Years ago Today, Hulan Jack sworn in a Manhattan Borough president.
5. In 1953, 57 Years ago Today, Spingarn Medal presented to Paul R. Williams for his achievements as an architect.
6. In 1966, 44 Years ago Today, Sixth day of Kwanzaa, Celebrating the sixth of Seven Principles, Kuumba (Creativity)
7. In 1984, 26 Years ago Today, The first nationally broadcast telethon for the United Negro College fund is held and raises 14.1 million
In 2011, President Obama Signs Indefinite Detention Bill Into Law