1. In 1949, Congressman William L. Dawson elected chairman of House Expenditures Committee. He was the first Black to head a standing committee of Congress.
2. In 1962, Southern University closed because of demonstrations protesting expulsion of sit-in activists.
3. In 1966, Robert C. Weaver was sworn in as secretary of housing and urban development and became the first Black cabinet member.
4. In 1975, “The Jeffersons” premiered on television, one of the first sitcoms about an African-American family. Formerly neighbors of the Bunkers on “All in the Family,” the Jeffersons moved “On Up” to Manhattan’s East Side.
5. In 1981, Grant Fuhr, goalie for the world champion Edmonton Oilers, is picked in the first round of the National Hockey League draft to become the first Black professional hockey player
6. In 1986, President Reagan signs Proclamation declaring the third Monday in January a legal Holiday, The Marting Luther King Jr. Holiday.