1. In 1911, The first Commencement Exercise for the National Training School for Women and Girls occurred. This was one of the earliest vocational educational institutions for Black women. Taking place in Lincoln Heights, Washington, D.C., the school was started by Nannie Helen Burroughs. She was an educator, public speaker, and churchwoman, was an ardent follower of Booker T. Washington’s philosophy.
2. In 1948, Oliver W. Hill elected to Richmond, Va., City Council.
3. In 1958, Colin Luther Powell received a commission as an Army Second Lieutenant:
4. In 1963, Fannie Lou Hamer and five other voter registration workers were arrested in Winona, Mississippi on their way home from a workshop in Charleston, SC. They were held in The Winona jail for four days, during which they were severely beaten with nightsticks and fists by policemen, and with leather straps by prison trustees under the direction of police officers.
5. In 1978, Larry Holmes wins the WBC heavyweight title by defeating Ken Norton in Las Vegas, Nevada.
6. In 1983, Scott Joplin, noted jazz musician and composer of ragtime music, is the sixth African-American in the U.S. Postal Service’s Black Heritage commemorative postage stamps.
7. In 1989, Congressman John Conyers D-Michigan announced a call for a reparations study.
8. In 1998, Three white men are charged in Jasper, Texas, with the brutal dragging death of James Byrd Jr.