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Presidential Proclamation -- Martin Luther King, Jr.,

On the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, we celebrate the man who fought for the America he knew was possible. More>>

February Is Black History Month

Black History Month is the reaffirmation of struggle and determination to change attitudes and heighten the understanding of the entire American experience. More>>

  • SlideshowsBlack History Slide showsMore>>

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    Slide Show #1

    Slide Show #1

    This slide show includes images of Bloody Sunday, Brown Chapel, Dr. Martin Luther King, and one of the Freedom Ride protests.More >>
    This slide show includes images of Bloody Sunday, Brown Chapel, Dr. Martin Luther King, and one of the Freedom Ride protests.More >>
  • Slide Show #2

    Slide Show #2

    This slide show has images of Ralph Abernathy, early marches, police booking logs, voter registration and some march into Montgomery images.More >>
    This slide show has images of Ralph Abernathy, early marches, police booking logs, voter registration and some march into Montgomery images.More >>
  • Slide Show #3

    Slide Show #3

    More images from the march into Montgomery, Dr. Martin Luther King, the Klan, and a memorial to Jimmied Lee Jackson and others.More >>
    More images from the march into Montgomery, Dr. Martin Luther King, the Klan, and a memorial to Jimmie Lee Jackson and others.More >>
  • Black History TimelineBlack History Timeline 1517-1866More>>

  • 1517-1688

    *1517-1688

    c.1517 Spaniards begin importing slaves from Africa to replace Indians who died from harsh working conditions and exposure to disease. 1619 Twenty Africans are deposited at Jamestown, VA by a DutchMore >>
  • 1705-1776

    *1705-1776

    1705 A Virginia law forbids free blacks to hold public office or to be witnesses in court cases. 1739 44 black slaves and 30 white colonists are killed in Stono rebellion near Charleston, SC. 1770 CrispusMore >>
  • 1777-1788

    *1777-1788

    1777 Vermont abolishes slavery. 1780 Pennsylvania passes a law to gradual abolish slavery. 1781 Blacks make up more than half of the 44 settlers who found Los Angeles. 1783 The American RevolutionMore >>
  • Black History TimelineBlack History Timeline 1867-1927More>>

  • 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. TheseMore >>
  • 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 depriveMore >>
  • 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 invalidatedMore >>
  • Black History TimelineBlack History Timeline 1932-2003More>>

  • 1932-1940

    *1932-1940

    1932 In Tuskegee, AL the U.S. Public Health Service begins examining the course of untreated syphilis in black men, not telling them of their syphilis or their participation in the 40-year study. 1936 PresidentMore >>
  • 1941-1944

    *1941-1944

    1941 A. Phillip Randolph threatens a massive march on Washington unless the Roosevelt administration takes measures to insure black employment in defense industries; Roosevelt agrees to establish theMore >>
  • 1947-1952

    *1947-1952

    1947 Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier in major league baseball. 1948 The U.S. Supreme Court holds the lower courts can not enforce restrictive covenants used to maintain segregated housingMore >>
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