1. In 1797, Boston Masons, led by Prince Hall, established first Black interstate organization, creating lodges in Philadelphia and Providence, Rhode Island.
2. In 1797, Congress refused to accept the first recorded petitions from American Blacks.
3. In 1800, United States population: 5,308,483. Black population 1,002,037 (18.9 per cent).
4. In 1844, Richard Theodore Greener becomes the first African American to graduate from Harvard University and later became dean of Howard University School of Law
5. In 1858, William Wells Brown, novelist and dramatist, published first Black drama, (Leap to Freedom)
6. In 1927, Harlem Globetrotters formed, The Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition basketball team that combines athleticism, theater, and comedy. Created by Abe Saperstein in 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, the team adopted the name Harlem because of its connotations as a major African-American community. Over the years they have played more than 20,000 exhibition games in 118 countries. Brother Bones’s whistled version of “Sweet Georgia Brown” is the team’s signature song.
7. In 1956, Home of Martin Luther King Jr. bombed.
8. In 1965, Leroy “Satchel” Paige, major league baseball Pitcher, named all-time outstanding player by National Baseball Congress.
9. In 1979, Franklin A. Thomas name president of the Ford Foundation.