On This Day in Black History: December 14
1777
The First African Baptist Church of Savannah, Georgia, one of the oldest black congregations in the United States, is founded.
1780
Ignatius Sancho, the first African writer to have his work published in England, died.
1799
George Washington, the first President of the United States, died, stipulating in his will that his slaves were to be freed upon the death of his wife Martha.
1946
The British and French governments placed their spheres of Togoland under UN trusteeship.
1951
Reverend Addie Aylestock became the first ordained black woman minister in Canada.
1959
The Motown Record Company was founded in Detroit, Michigan.
1960
The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit to stop white landowners in Fayette County, Tennessee from evicting blacks for trying to vote.
1968
Classes of San Francisco State are suspended after demonstrations by Black Student Union and Third World Liberation Front.
1972
Johnny Rodgers, running back with the Oniversity of Nebraska, won the Heisman Trophy. Rather than join the NFL, he spent most of his career in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes.
1978
The U.N. General Assembly called for an oil embargo against South Africa.
1986
Ella J. Baker, civil rights activist and "mother" of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), died.
1993
The European Union established diplomatic relations with South Africa after years of isolation.
1995
Jesse Jackson, Jr. is sworn in as U.S. congressperson representing Illinois' 2nd District.

Today's Featured Page
Jackie Robinson
Graduating from UCLA, Jackie Robinson began to play baseball with the Kansas City Monarchs. When Branch Rickey decided to pioneer in hiring Black baseball players, he hired Robinson on October 23, 1945. More...


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Eventually, no heavy duty machinery was without Elijah McCoy's automatic oiling devices and the term the "real McCoy" became linked with his pioneering achievement. More...

Menelik II
Born in 1844, Menelik II was one of the most celebrated of Ethiopia's rulers, and led the most successful campaign of African resistance to repel the onslaught of European colonialism. More...

Lewis Latimer
Lewis Latimer has brought light to millions around the world, yet he remains in the shadows. Although his collaboration with Edison and his genius as a pioneer in the electric lighting industry are well documented, they are not widely acknowledged. More...

James Beckwourth
In 1823, James Beckwourth joined Gen. William H. Ashley's Rocky Mountain Fur Company Expedition, winning fame for legendary skill as a mountain man. More...

Fannie Lou Hamer
Refusing to yield to the position designated to her by society, Fannie Lou Hamer eventually became the embodiment of the changes incited by the civil rights movement of the 1960s. More...

Lobengula
Caught between dissident factions within his military and Europeans searching for gold, Lobengula thwarted the internal dissent by signing a number of treaties with the Europeans without jeopardizing his sovereignty. More...