Category: This Week In Black History

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September 19, 1956: First international conference of Black writers and artists holds in Paris. The First International Congress of Black Writers and [...]
September 18, 1980: Cosmonaut Arnold Tamayo becomes first African sent on a mission in space. Born Jan. 29, 1942, Cuban pilot and cosmonaut, Arnaldo [...]
September 17, 1983: Vanessa Williams becomes first black Miss America. Vanessa Williams became the first African American to win the Miss America cro [...]
September 16, 1848: France formally abolishes slavery. On September 16, 1848, France formally abolished slavery. This was the second time France abol [...]
September 15, 1978: Muhammad Ali becomes first boxer to win the heavyweight title thrice by beating Leon Spinks. On September 15, 1978, boxer Muhamma [...]
September 14, 2016: First African America, Dr. Carla Hayden sworn in as 14th Librarian of US Congress. On September 14, 2016, Dr. Carla Hayden was sw [...]
September 13, 1881: Lewis Latimer Receives Patent for his Electric Lamp. African-Americans have made great contributions to improving the overall qua [...]
September 12, 1974: Military Officers Depose Ethiopian Emperor, Haile Selassie. On September 12, 1974, military officers deposed Emperor Haile Selass [...]
September 11, 1977: Quincy Jones wins Emmy for musical composition On September 11, 1977, Quincy Jones won an Emmy for musical composition for the mi [...]
September 10, 1990: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air premiers.  On September 10, 1990, one of the funniest African-American sitcoms was born. Fresh Prince [...]
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