January 16, 2018              Celebrate Black History Everyday!    

January 16

The Continental Congress approved President George Washington's request to enlist black soldiers in the Revolutionary War on this date in 1776.

Jefferson Franklin Long (Georgia) took the oath of office as the second black Congressman on this date in 1871.

Hiram Rhodes Revels, the first black U.S. Senator (Mississippi), died at age 73 in Aberdeen, MS, on this date in 1901.

The Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was founded at Howard University on this date in 1920.

The Zeta Phi Beta sorority was founded on the campus of Howard University on this date in 1920.

The War Department announced the formation of the first Army Air Corps Squadron for black cadets on this date in 1941. The cadets were stationed in Tuskegee, AL.

Lucius D. Amerson was sworn in as Sheriff of Macon County, AL, on this date in 1967. Amerson became the first black sheriff in the South since Reconstruction.

Muhammad Ali, three-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, was named as the Associated Press (AP) 1974 "Athlete of the Year" on this date in 1975.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) named three black astronauts (Dr. Ronald E. McNair, Major Frederick D. Gregory, and Major Guion S. Bluford) to the Space Shuttle program on this date in 1976.

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s bust was unveiled in the Great Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol on this date in 1986.

Barack Obama announced his Presidential Exploratory Committee on this date in 2007.

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