June 21, 2024              Celebrate Black History Everyday!    

June 21

The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church was founded in New York City on this date in 1821.

Joseph Hayne Rainey, the first black person to be sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives, was born in Georgetown, SC, on this date in 1832.

Henry Ossawa Tanner, world-renowned artist, was born in Pittsburgh, PA, on this date in 1859.

In the U.S. v. Guinn, the first major successful case of the NAACP, the Supreme Court ruled, on this date in 1915, that the "grandfather clauses" in the Oklahoma and Maryland constitutions violated the 15th Amendment.

Carl B. Stokes, the first black mayor of Cleveland, OH, and the first black mayor of a major city, was born on this date in 1927.

Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr., the Air Force's first black General and the first Three-Star General, was named commander of Godman Field, a Kentucky airbase, on this date in 1945. Davis now became the first black person to head an Army Air Force base.

James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, CORE members and activists on a "Freedom Summer" mission, were murdered in Philadelphia, MS, on this date in 1964. The mission was a cross-country attempt to register Black voters.

Abraham Lincoln Davis, a co-founder of the SCLC and the first black City Councilman of New Orleans, LA, died on this date in 1978.

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