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Black History Timeline

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  • 1867-1869

    *1867-1869

    1867 On January 8, overriding President Johnson's veto, Congress granted the black citizens of the District of Columbia the right to vote. Reconstruction Acts were passed by Congress on March 2. These
  • 1870-1874

    *1870-1874

    1870 Hiram Revels of Mississippi is appointed to replace Jefferson Davis, becoming the first African-American in the U.S. Senate. He served only one year. The 15th amendment, forbidding states to deprive
  • 1875-1876

    *1875-1876

    1875 Civil Rights Act of 1875. Congress approved the Civil Rights Act on March 1, guaranteeing equal rights to black Americans in public accommodations and jury duty. The legislation was invalidated
  • 1877-1883

    *1877-1883

    1877 The end of Reconstruction. A deal with Southern Democratic leaders made Rutherford B. Hayes (Republican) president, in exchange for the withdrawal of federal troops from the South and the end of
  • 1885-1890

    *1885-1890

    1885 On June 25, African-American Samuel David Ferguson was ordained a bishop of the Episcopal church. The American Federation of Labor was organized on December 8, signaling the rise of the labor movement.
  • 1894-1896

    *1894-1896

    1894 The Pullman Company strike caused a national transportation crisis. On May 11, African-Americans were hired by the company as strike-breakers. 1895 African-American leader and statesman Frederick
  • 1897-1903

    *1897-1903

    1885 On June 25, African-American Samuel David Ferguson was ordained a bishop of the Episcopal church. The American Federation of Labor was organized on December 8, signaling the rise of the labor movement.
  • 1904-1910

    *1904-1910

    1904 Educator Mary McCleod Bethune founds a college in Daytona Beach, Florida, known today as Bethune-Cookman College. 1905 W.E.B. DuBois and other black delegates gather on the Canadian side of Niagara
  • 1911-1917

    *1911-1917

    1911 In October, the National Urban League was organized to help African-Americans secure equal employment and to help southern blacks adjust to the North. 1913 The fiftieth anniversary of the Emancipation
  • 1919-1927

    *1919-1927

    1919 25 race riots take place in the "Red Summer" of 1919. 1920 On August 1, Marcus Garvey's Universal Improvement Association held its national convention in Harlem, the traditionally black neighborhood
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