1. In 1791, Benjamin Banneker sent a copy of his first almanac to secretary of state Thomas Jefferson. In an enclosed letter, he questioned the slaveholder’s sincerity as a “friend to liberty.” He urged Jefferson to help get rid of “absurd and false ideas” that one race is superior to another. He wished Jefferson’s sentiments to be the same as his, that “one Universal Father . . . afforded us all the same sensations and endowed us all with the same faculties.” Jefferson responded with praise for Banneker’s accomplishments.
2. In 1889, G. A. E. Barnes received Patent for Design for Sign
3. In 1926, Theodore Flowers wins the the world middleweight title in New York City
4. In 1950, Edith Sampson is the first African American appointed as a representative to the UN.
5. In 1954, Diplomat and first Black winner of Nobel Peace Prize, Ralph J Bunche, named undersecretary of the United Nations, 1954
6. In 1963, N.A.A.C.P. Youth Council begins sit-ins at lunch counters, Oklahoma City.