1. In 1652, John Johnson, a free black, granted 550 acres in Northampton County, VA., for importing eleven persons.
2. In 1748, The hymn “Amazing Grace.” written by British John Newton, the most beloved hymns of all times. He was a British naval midshipman and a slave trader.
3. In 1775, Black patriots participated in the first aggressive action of American forces, the capture of Fort Ticonderoga by Ethan Allen and “the Green Mountain Boys.”
4. In 1898, B. F. Jackson received Patent for Matnx Drying Apparatus
5. In 1919, Race riot in Charleston, South Carolina. Two Blacks were killed.
6. In 1944, Smith v Allwright (excluding Blacks from primary voting is illegal).
7. In 1950, Jackie Robinson appears on the cover of Life magazine; first time an African American is featured on the cover in the magazine’s 13 year history
8. In 1951, Z. Alexander Looby elected to Nashville City Council.
9. In 1955, Chuck Berry records Maybelline which played major roll in development of Rock-n-Roll
10. In 1962, Southern School News reported that 246,988 or 7.6 per cent of the Black pupils in public schools in seventeen Southern and Border States and the District of Columbia attended integrated classes in 1962.
11. In 1963, Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth announced agreement on limited integration plan which ended the Birmingham demonstrations.
12. In 1994, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was inaugurated as the first democratically elected State President of South Africa.