In 1851, Sojourner Truth delivers her infamous “Ain’t I A Woman?” speech to the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention.
In 1865, President Andrew Johnson announced his program of Reconstruction. It required ratification of the 13th amendmant, but did not guarantee black suffrage.
In 1888, Granville T. Woods Received Patent for Overhead conducting system for electric railway
In 1962, The first Black American coached in major league baseball. John “Buck” O’Neil started managing the Chicago Cubs, He stayed with the Cubs until 1988, signing Hall of Fame players Ernie Banks and Lou Brock to their first contracts.
In 1973, Tom Bradley became the first African-American mayor of Los Angeles, CA. He defeated incumbent Sam Yorty, and thus also became the first Black mayor of major city, which was predominantly White.
In 1980, Vernon E. Jordan Jr., President of the National Urban League, critically injured in attempted assassination in Fort Wayne, Indiana.