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

1. In 1619, Slavery in America began with landing of twenty Africans at Jamestown, Virginia. The twenty Blacks were accorded the status of indentured servants.

2. In 1834, Slavery declared unlawful in British Empire.

3. In 1873, Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C., Carolina is founded. Bennett is one of the over 100 Historical Black College and Universities in America, and one of only two that specifically educate women.

4. In 1879, Mary Eliza Mahoney became the first African American to graduate from a nursing school when she graduated from the nursing program at the New England Hospital for Women and Children.

5. In 1899, W. Purdy Received Patent for Device for sharpening edged tools

6. In 1909, Mechanics and Farmers Bank in Durham, N. C., opened for business. It is an African-American savings and loan institution.

7. In 1925, The National Bar Association is formed

8. In 1936, Benjamin E. Mays, who has been called “the greatest school master of his generation,” named president of Morehouse College.

9. In 1944, Adam Clayton Powell elected first Black congressman

10. In 1964, Arthur Ashe, first Black male to win Wimbledon, becomes first Black person named to the US Davis Cup team

11. In 1979, James Patterson Lyke installed as auxiliary bishop of the Cleveland diocese of the Roman Catholic Church.

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