Booker T. Washington, educator and founder of Tuskegee Institute, received an honorary degree from Harvard University on this date in 1896.
Mary McLeod Bethune, educator and civil rights leader, became the first woman to receive a major appointment from the federal government when she was named Director of the Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration on this date in 1936.
Daniels and Bell of New York became the first black-operated securities firm admitted to the New York Stock Exchange on this date in 1971.
The Democratic National Convention's Rules Committee approved the nomination of Yvonne Brathwaite Burke as Co-Chairperson of the convention on this date in 1972.
Atlanta University and Clark College, two of the nation's oldest black colleges, merged on this date in 1988. With both boards agreeing to the consolidation recommendation, Clark Atlanta University was born.
Archie Williams, Olympic Gold Medalist, died on this date in 1993. Williams earned a Gold Medal in 1936 which helped black competitors upstage Aryan athletes. He also earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California-Berkeley.
Ramona Africa and the families of two other victims of the 1985 bombing of MOVE, a back-to-Africa group, received $1.5 million from the City of Philadelphia, PA, and two of its officials on this date in 1996.
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