September 19, 1943
Joe Leonard Morgan is a former baseball player and is considered to be one of the greatest second basemen of all time. He was born on September 19, 1943 in Bonham, Texas, but grew up in Oakland, California. He attended Castlemont High School where he played baseball and established an excellent reputation for himself.
September 18, 1951
Ben Carson is a famous surgeon, who is well known for the surgeries he has performed to separate conjoined twins. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 18, 1951 to Sonya and Robert Carson. Sonya came from a poor Baptist family, and had married Robert at the age of 13. When she found out her husband had another wife and family, she left him and took her two sons Curtis and Ben with her.
September 17, 1862
The Battle of Antietam, fought on September 17, 1862, produced the most casualties of any single day in the Civil War. The battle was a draw and neither the Union nor the Confederacy came out ahead. Nevertheless, this battle gave President Lincoln the fuel and momentum to issue one of the most important documents in American History.
September 16, 1950
Henry Louis Gates Jr. was born in September 16, 1950 in West Virginia and excelled in studies from an early age, regardless of his underprivileged family background. Graduating from high school as valedictorian in 1968, Gates attended a local college before enrolling in Yale University from where he graduated in 1973 with a degree in History.
September 15, 1945
Jessye Norman (b. September 15, 1945) is a recitalist as well as a Grammy-award winning opera singer. Norman is known for her powerful voice as well as for being an opera singer. As a child Norman recalls cleaning her room and listening to the radio; she had always been fond of music and credits Leontyne Price and Marian Anderson for being the starring influences in her life.
September 14, 1973
American rapper Nas was born Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones in Queens, New York on September 14, 1973 to jazz musician Olu Hara and Fannie Ann Jones. He was musically inclined from his childhood and began playing the trumpet at the age of 4.
September 13, 1987
Mervyn LeRoy , (born October 15, 1900, San Francisco, California, U.S.—died September 13, 1987, Beverly Hills, California), American motion-picture director whose wide variety of films included dramas, romances, epics, comedies, and musicals. He also produced films, including the classic The Wizard of Oz (1939).
September 12, 1981
Jennifer Kate Hudson is an American singer and actress. She was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 12, 1981 to Darnell Donnerson and Samuel Simpson. She started singing in her church choir as a child and also performed in community theatre.
September 11, 2001
Godwin Ajala is remembered as a U.S. national hero who fought to save the lives of countless people as they escaped from the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001.He is also the only Nigerian listed among the nearly 3,000 people who died because of the attack.
September 10, 1981
Jayson Williams is a retired professional basketball player who played for the Chicago Bulls. Born on September 10, 1981, he grew up in New Jersey where he attended St. Joseph High School. He was a good sportsman at high school and played basketball and soccer. He also excelled at chess, and was nicknamed “Jay Dubbs”.
September 9, 1915
Black History Month is a month set aside to learn, honor, and celebrate the achievements of black men and women throughout history. Since its inception, Black History Month has always been celebrated in February. Find out how Black History Month originated, why February was chosen, and what the annual theme for Black History Month is for this year.
September 8, 1970
Latrell Fontaine Sprewell is a former NBA star who played for the Golden State Warriors, the New York Knicks, and the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was born on September 8, 1970 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended Washington High School in Milwaukee where he played basketball.
September 7, 1996
Tupac Shakur (also known by his stage name of 2Pac) was legendary rap and hip-hop musician. He was born in New York City in 1971 to Billy Garland and Afeni Shakur, both activists of a revolutionary black nationalist organization named “Black Panthers”. His name, Tupac Amaru Shakur, means “shining serpent”.
September 6, 1978
Foxy Brown is an African American rap musician, model and actress. Her birth name is Inga DeCarlo Fung Marchand. She was born on September 6, 1978 in Brooklyn, New York. As a teenager, she won a talent contest, where she was discovered by the rapper LL Cool J’s production team.
September 5, 1942
The Battle of Alam Halfa was fought from August 30 to September 5, 1942, during World War IIs Western Desert Campaign. With the conclusion of the First Battle of El Alamein in July 1942, both British and Axis forces in North Africa paused to rest and refit.
September 4, 1981
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles Carter is a hip hop and R&B singer, songwriter and actress who is currently one of the most successful recording artists in the music industry. She was born in Houston, Texas to Tina and Mathew Knowles on September 4, 1981.
September 3, 1931
Geraldine Washington Travis was born in Albany, Georgia on September 3, 1931, the daughter of Joseph and Dorothy Washington.
September 2, 1864
William Tecumseh Sherman occupied Atlanta. In series of battles around Chaffin's Farm in suburb of Richmond, Black troops captured entrenchments at New Market Heights, made gallant but unsuccessful assault on Fort Gilmer and helped repulse Confederate counterattack on Fort Harrison. Thirty-ninth U.S.C.T. won a Congressional Medals of Honor in the engagements.
September 1, 1912
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor contracted pneumonia at a time before antibiotics and died in his Croydon home on September 1, 1912, aged 37.
August 31, 1935
Ruth Robinson’s tenth and last child, Frank Robinson Jr., was born in August 31, 1935 after her marriage to her third husband, Frank Robinson. Unfortunately, her third marriage did not work out either and the mother moved to California from Texas with Robinson Jr. and his two half-brothers.
August 30, 1901
Roy Ottoway Wilkins (August 30, 1901 – September 8, 1981) was a prominent activist in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the 1930s to the 1970s.  Wilkins most notable role was in his leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
August 29, 1958
Michael Jackson was one of the most iconic singers of his generation. Born on August 29, 1958, he was the eighth of ten children born to Joseph Walter and Katherine Esther. At the age of 5, he became the lead singer of his family band named “Jackson 5” which included him and his four older brothers. The band quickly became popular and began touring and performing at clubs, high schools and talent shows.
August 28, 1963
On August 28, 1963, a quarter of a million people, mostly African Americans, gathered at the National Mall for The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. They came to express their discontent with the persistent racism of the nation, particularly that of the southern states where Jim Crow laws maintained racially separate and unequal societies.
August 27, 1909
Lester Willis Young was a famous jazz saxophonist born in Woodville, Mississippi on August 27, 1909.
August 26, 1945
Carolina in the 20th century, Mel Watts is a current member of the United States House of Representatives. Watts was born on August 26, 1945 in the small community of Steele Creek in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, and attended high school in Charlotte.
August 25, 1927
In 1950, Althea Gibson made history when she became the first African-American to play in an international tennis tournament. Six years later, Gibson made history when she became the first person of color to win a Grand Slam title at the French Open.
August 24, 1987
Bayard Rustin was one of the most important, and yet least known, Civil Rights advocates in the twentieth century. He was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania and raised by his maternal grandparents. His grandmother, Julia, was both a Quaker and an active member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
August 23, 1978
Kobe Bryant is an American basketball superstar who plays the shooting guard position for the Los Angeles Lakers. He was born on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia to Joe and Pamela Bryant. Joe Bryant was also a basketball player who played with the Philadelphia 76ers, the San Diego Clippers, and the Houston Rockets before moving to Italy to play for Italian leagues.
August 22, 1996
On August 22, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act which ushered in the most sweeping changes in the welfare system since its adoption as part of the Social Security Act of 1935. In the following account, former White House staffer and now University of Washington Assistant Professor of History Margaret OMara describes from an insiders vantage point the road to that legislation.
August 21, 1989
Huey Percy Newton was an African American leader and co-founder of the Black Panther Party. He was the youngest of seven children born to Armelia Johnson and Walter Newton on February 17, 1942 in Monroe, Louisiana and named after the former Governor of Louisiana, Huey Long. His family was not very well off, and often moved from place to place.
August 20, 1931
Donald King is a boxing promoter, known for setting up some of the most notorious fights in boxing history. He was born on August 20, 1931 in Cleveland, Ohio. He had considered a career in law at first and attended Western Reserve University where he became a bookkeeper at a betting ring.
August 19, 1989
Percy Romeo Miller Jr, or more commonly referred to as Lil’ Romeo, is a celebrated American personality. Born on August 19, 1989 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Miller is the son of Hip Hop star Master P. He is not only an outstanding singer and rapper, but has become a successful actor, basketball player and entrepreneur at the mere age of 25.
August 18, 1977
Steve Biko , in full Bantu Stephen Biko (born December 18, 1946, King William’s Town, South Africa—died September 12, 1977, Pretoria), founder of the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa. His death from injuries suffered while in police custody made him an international martyr for South African black nationalism.
August 17, 1960
Libreville is the largest city and capital of Gabon, a small country on the western coast of Africa. In 2005 its population was 578,156. It is a tropical city that has a port on the Komo River. The city is the trading center for the nation of Gabon. Timber, the countrys most important export, comes through the Libreville port, down the Komo River and then into Gulf of Guinea.
August 16, 2003
Idi Amin , in full Idi Amin Dada Oumee (born 1924/25, Koboko, Uganda—died August 16, 2003, Jiddah, Saudi Arabia), military officer and president (1971–79) of Uganda whose regime was noted for the sheer scale of its brutality.
August 15, 2015
Horace Julian Bond was a civil rights activist and politician. He was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on January 14, 1940 to Julia Agnes and Horace Mann Bond. His father was a respected professor who later became the first black president of Lincoln University and later the president of Atlanta University.
August 14, 1966
Halle Maria Berry is an Oscar winning Hollywood actress who is known for her stunning good looks, wide array of roles and being the face of Revlon cosmetics. She was born on August 14, 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio to Jerome and Judith Berry and has an older sister named Heidi. Her father was an alcoholic who abused her mother and abandoned the family when Berry was quite young.
August 13, 1948
American soprano Kathleen Battle was born on August 13, 1948 in Portsmouth, Ohio. Battle’s father was a steelworker and her mother was an active participant in the gospel choir at the family’s local African Methodist Episcopal Church. Battle attended Portsmouth High School and upon graduation was awarded a scholarship to the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.
August 12, 1907
Gladys Bentley (stage name, Bobbie Minton) was a Harlem Renaissance blues singer and cross dresser. She was one of the most well-known and financially successful black women in the United States in the 1920s and 1930s. She was a pioneer in pushing the envelope of gender, sexuality, class, and race with parody and exaggeration, personally and professionally.
August 11, 2003
The Second Liberian Civil War was an intense four-year conflict that involved child soldiers on all sides and extensive civilian casualties. It was also one of the few civil wars that spread into neighboring countries, in this case, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The conflict began in April 1999 when a rebel group, Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), with the support of the government of neighboring Guinea, began a military offensive to topple the government of President Charles Taylor.
August 10, 1817
On August 10, 1817, James Forten and Russel Perrott served as chairman and secretary of a large indignation meeting of Philadelphia’s free African American community. The gathering protested the efforts of the year-old American Colonization Society to recruit blacks to leave the United States for Africa.
August 9, 1963
Whitney Elizabeth Houston was an American singer, songwriter and actress and one of the best selling artists of all time. She was born on August 9, 1963 in New Jersey to two time Grammy Award winner Cissy Houston. The legendary queen of soul, Aretha Franklin, was her godmother.
August 8, 1870
Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church of Natchez, Mississippi traces its origins as far back as 1837 in a shared legacy with First Baptist Church and later Wall Street Baptist Church, two predominantly white congregations in Natchez in 1850. It is however recognized as the oldest organized black Baptist congregation in Mississippi and the oldest African American church in Natchez.
August 7, 1970
Angela Davis is known as a radical activist, philosopher, writer, speaker, and educator. She was well known for a time through her association with the Black Panthers in the 1960s and 1970s. She was fired from one teaching job for being a Communist, and she appeared on the Federal Bureau of Investigations Ten Most Wanted List for a time.
August 6, 2013
Born in Baker, Louisiana circa 1952, Linda Thomas-Greenfield graduated from a segregated high school in 1970. The first in her family to graduate from high school, Thomas-Greenfield saw the local Peace Corps training center, which trained volunteers for work in Somalia and Swaziland, as influencing her decision to travel and work abroad.
August 5, 1990
William Bill Pinkney is the first African American, and only the fourth person in the world to circumnavigate the globe alone by boat. Pinkney was born on September 15, 1935, in Chicago, Illinois to Marion Henderson Pinkney and William Pinkney, Sr. He attended Tilden Tech High School in Chicago, and after graduating received training as an x-ray technician.
August 4, 1961
Barack Obama , in full Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.), 44th president of the United States (2009–17) and the first African American to hold the office. Before winning the presidency, Obama represented Illinois in the U.S. Senate (2005–08). He was the third African American to be elected to that body since the end of Reconstruction (1877).
August 3, 1934
Jonas Savimbi , in full Jonas Malheiro Savimbi (born August 3, 1934, Portuguese Angola—died February 22, 2002, near Lucusse, Angola), Angolan politician, the leader of a long-continuing guerrilla insurgency against the postindependence government of Angola.
August 2, 1887
In 1870 Republican Joseph Hayne Rainey became the first African American to be elected to the United States House of Representatives and take his seat. Others were elected earlier but were not seated. Rainey was born in Georgetown, South Carolina, on June 21, 1832. His parents had been slaves but his father purchased his family’s freedom and taught him to be a barber.
August 1, 1960
Born Carlton Douglas Ridenhour on August 1, 1960, the American rapper, author and producer is more widely known by his stage name, Chuck D. Attending Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School in New York, Chuck D displayed his passion for music and graphic designing by participating in the school’s hip hop events and even designing promotional flyers for them.
July 31, 1952
In 1978, Wanda J. Herndon launched her successful career in corporate America when she became the first African American exempt professional and external hire in the Communicator Development Program of The Dow Chemical Company. Later, she made significant contributions at other major corporations, including DuPont and Starbucks Coffee Company.
July 30, 2013
Veteran publicist Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first African American to serve as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, followed the path of her pioneering sibling as a top-tier executive in the Hollywood motion picture industry.
July 29, 1988
Haben Girma, both blind and deaf, is a disability rights advocate and attorney who became the first deaf and blind graduate of Harvard Law School in Massachusetts when she graduated with a Juris Doctor degree (JD) in 2013.
July 28, 1950
Michael Battle is an educator, religious leader, and diplomat. Born on July 28, 1950, in St. Louis, Missouri, he was one of twelve children from Jessie Battle Sr., a Pentecostal pastor, and Mary Battle. Michael received his bachelor’s degree from Trinity College (1973), his Master of Divinity degree from Duke University (1976), and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Howard University (1994).
July 27, 1919
Troops were mobilized to put down Chicago riot which erupted on July 27, and continued for several days. Fifteen whites and twenty-three Blacks were killed and more than five hundred were injured.
July 26, 1847
Americo-Liberiansare Liberians of African American descent. They trace their ancestry tofreeborn and formerly enslaved African Americans who immigrated to Liberiain the 19th century.
July 25, 1967
The Algiers Motel Incident occurred in Detroit, Michigan on July 25, 1967, two days after the Detroit Race Riot began. The incident started when Army National Guardsman Ted Thomas reported hearing gunshots at the Algiers Motel Annex. Detroit Police, Michigan State Police, and other National Guardsmen came to the scene to find what they thought was a sniper.
July 24, 1963
Karl Malone was born on July 24, 1963 in Summerfield, Louisiana. He was the son of Shirley and Shedrick and was the youngest of nine siblings. Karl was raised by his mother on a farm since his father was married to another woman and lived with her. He committed suicide when Karl was only 14.
July 23, 1791
Rachel Pringle Polgreen, a free mulatto woman, became infamous during the 1770s to 1780s, as the first woman of color to own a Hotel-Tavern in Bridgetown, Barbados, based on the (sexual) entertainment of transient British Naval Officers. Visitors to this hotel included numerous prominent officers and on one occasion, Prince William of England.
July 22, 1946
Daniel Lebern Glover, or more commonly known as Danny Glover, is an American actor who has starred in over 70 Hollywood films. Born in San Francisco, California on July 22, 1946, the 68 year old actor officially started a career in acting in 1979. Glover also occasionally enjoys the role of director, having directed several high-profile films in the past few decades.
July 21, 1934
Currently in his 13th term in Congress, Edolphus Towns is a Democratic Representative from the State of New York. Towns was born in Chadbourn, North Carolina on July 21, 1934, and attended the public schools of Chadbourn before graduating with a B.S. degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University in 1956.
July 20, 2006
Ambassador Eric Bost is currently the assistant director of External Relations for the Borlaug Institute at Texas A&M University. Bost, a native of Concord, North Carolina, attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where he earned his Bachelor’s in Psychology in 1974. In 1985, he received his Master’s degree in Special Education at the University of South Florida.
July 19, 1950
William Henry Hastie, attorney and diplomat, was born on November 17, 1904 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He spent his childhood in Tennessee until hisfamily moved to Washington, D.C. Hastie graduated from Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C. in 1921 and four years laterreceived his A.B. Degree from Amherst College in Massachusetts.
July 18, 1967
Vin Diesel , original name Mark Sinclair (born July 18, 1967, Alameda county, California, U.S.), American actor and producer who was best known for his action films, most notably the Fast and Furious series.
July 17, 2014
On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner died in Staten Island, New York City, after a New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer put him in what has been described as a chokehold for about 15 to 19 seconds while arresting him. The New York City Medical Examiners Office attributed Garners death to a combination of a chokehold, compression of his chest, and poor health. NYPD policy prohibits the use of chokeholds.
July 16, 1968
Barry Sanders, born on July 16, 1968 in Wichita, Kanas is a former American football running back. He was the son of William, who was a Roofer and Shirley, a registered nurse. He was the one of the eleven children. He attended Wichita North High School. During his career with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League, he was a ten-time pro bowl selection and four-time rushing champion.
July 15, 1782
Joshua Johnston, also known as Joshua Johnson, was a portraitist active in Baltimore, Maryland between 1790 and 1825, and the first African American to gain recognition as an artist. Primarily a painter of members of the slave-holding aristocracy, he was rediscovered by Baltimore genealogist and art historian J. Hall Pleasants in 1939.
July 14, 1884
Spruce Street Baptist Church is one of the oldest black churches in Nashville, Tennessee. It is also one of three churches to evolve out of Nashville’s First Colored Baptist Church (1865-1891). In 1835 First Colored Baptist Church (FCBC) began with separate prayer services for the black members of First Baptist Church.
July 13, 1917
Constance Allen Pitter Thomas, the eldest of the Pitter Sisters, was born July 13, 1917, to Edward A. Pitter and Marjorie Allen Pitter, in the East Madison Street district of Seattle, Washington. She grew up in a very close-knit family and community, in which she received emotional, religious, social, civic and political support that provided her with a firm foundation to succeed in life.
July 12, 1942
Brazilian political activist Beatriz Nascimento was born on July 12, 1942, to Rubina Pereira do Nascimento and Francisco Xavier de Nascimento in Aracaju, capital of the Northeast Brazilian state of Sergipe.
July 11, 1953
Leon Spinks (born July 11, 1953) is a former American boxer who made a name for himself in the international heavyweight championship; he has an overall record of 26 wins, 17 losses as well as three draws as a professional- he made 14 of those wins via knockouts.
July 10, 1972
Democratic convention opened in Miami Beach, Florida. Blacks constituted 15 per cent of the delegates. The convention nominated Sen. George S. McGovern for president. Rep. Shirley Chisholm received 151.95 of 2,000-plus ballots on the first roll call.
July 9, 2011
Juba is one of the newest capitals in the world. It became the capital of South Sudan when that nation was declared independent on July 9, 2011. Juba, located on the White Nile River, is the largest city in South Sudan and in 2011 it had an estimated population of 372,410 people. Since then however the population has been growing rapidly as people from Europe, Asia, and the rest of Africa flock to the city because it is the commercial hub of South Sudan’s oil industry.
July 8, 1928
Yale University literature scholar and historian Vladimir Alexandrov introduces The Black Russian— his new biography of a forgotten African American who led an extraordinary life in Russia and Turkey at the beginning of the twentieth century.
July 7, 1972
Lisa Leslie was born on July 7, 1972, in Gardena, California, to Christine Lauren Leslie and Walter Leslie, a semi-professional basketball player.
July 6, 1971
Louis Armstrong was a multi-talented American jazz icon who was a singer, trumpeter, actor and comedian. He was born on August 4, 1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He had an impoverished childhood; his father was a factory worker who abandoned the family when Armstrong was born and his mother often left him with his grandmother as she worked the streets as a prostitute. He left school in 5th grade so he could start earning full time and took up any odd jobs he could get his hands on such as collecting junk and delivering coal.