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In 1847 Frederick Douglass published the first issue of the North Star newspaper, an anti-slavery newspaper.

            In 1941, the Atlanta Urban League won the right for Black women to be addressed as “Mrs.” in predominantly white newspapers.

On May 1, 1867, Howard University (Washington, D.C.) was chartered by  Congress as one of the earliest institution of higher learning for African Americans.

            The Dred Scott decision was handed down on March 6, 1857, essentially declaring that Black slaves could be returned to their former owners, even if the slaves had managed to escape to free soil.

On August 8, 1965, the Voting Rights bill becomes law.

            Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi and Morgan State College in Baltimore, Maryland were founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church; and Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee was founded by the American Missionary Association. All three were founded in 1866, making them among the oldest Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

            Edward G. Walker and Charles L. Mitchell, both from Massachusetts, became the first African Americans elected to a Northern state legislature in 1866.

            There are 50 recorded lynchings in 1884.

            African American filmmaker Oscar Michaeux is born on Jan. 22, 1884.

The Medico-Chirurgical Society is founded on April 24, 1884 in Washington, D.C. It is the first African American medical society in the country.

            Floyd McKissick becomes a director of CORE in 1966.

            Sigma Gamma Rho is founded in 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

            The U.S. Supreme Court hands down the ruling of “Nixon vs. Herndon” wich said that it is unconstitutional for states to not allow African Americans to vote in primary elections. The ruling was handed down in 1927.

            In 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till from Chicago is murdered in Money, Mississippi.

            Anheuser-Busch Breweries and Teamsters Union allow African Americas to apply for union jobs at Anheuser-Busch in 1958.






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