Mae Jemison becomes the first African-American woman astronaut, spending more than a week orbiting Earth in the space shuttle Endeavour.

Riots break out in Los Angeles following the acquittal of four white police officers in the beating of Rodney King, a black man.

Controversial black nationalist Louis Farrakhan organizes his Million Man March on Washington.

Major source for this timeline: "African Americans: Opposing Viewpoints," San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1997.