Nothing will motivate a man to move forward faster than knowing what's behind Him.

1. In 1872, Charlotte E. Ray,  became the first Black woman admitted to practice before the district Supreme Court (Washington D.C.).

2. In 1875, C. J. Dorticus received Patent for Photographic Print Wash

3. In 1878, B. H. Taylor received Patent for Rotary engine

4. In 1889, A. Romain Received Patent for Passenger Register

5. In 1895, Purdy & Peters received Patent for Design for spoons

6. In 1913,  National Urban League founded.

Freedom Riders

7. In 1947, The Journey of Reconciliation is celebrated. This was the first civil rights freedom ride through the American South. George Houser and Bayard Rustin were its primary organizers. It was sponsored by CORE and the Fellowship For Reconciliation. Black and white members ventured on a “Journey of Reconciliation,” trying to force the federal government to uphold the 1946 Supreme Court ruling that segregated seating of interstate passengers was unconstitutional. The original riders were arrested in North Carolina and forced to serve on a chain gang for six months.

Barbara Johns

8. In 1951,  Barbara Johns,  a 16-year-old, led students from Farmville Virginia’s Moton High had  an historic walkout against insufficient education. The resulting court case from Ms. Johns’ activism became part of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling in which the Supreme Court declared segregation unconstitutional.

Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

9. In 2003, The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library  in Denver, Colorado was dedicated and opened its doors.


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