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July 28

A congressional act authorized six regiments of troops to be manned by African-Americans. The regiments created were the 38th, 39th, 40th, and 41st Infantry and the 9th and 10th Cavalry.

The 14th Amendment (ratified by Congress July 9, 1868), granting citizenship to blacks, was adopted on this date in 1868.

Maggie Lena Walker, business and civic leader, opened the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank in Richmond, VA, on this date in 1903. Walker was the nation's first black woman to head a bank.

The New York City Fifth Avenue March, a march organized by the NAACP with 10,000 blacks marching in silent protest of lynchings and racial inequalities, was held on this date in 1917. W. E. B. Du Bois and James Weldon Johnson were leaders in the march.

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