Black History Month: Historical Timeline

By Shannon McCabe


1400S: First African Americans stepped foot on American soil.

1518: King Charles I sanctioned black slave trade.

1830s: Slavery is abolished.

1863: President Lincoln’sEmanc- ipation Proclamation to free all black slaves still held by rebellious southerners, which eventually lead to the 13th Amendment, which would prohibit slavery in the constitution.

1914-1918 World War I: Helped fasten the process of black urbanization, including the cultural movement called the Harlem Renaissance.

1926: Charles Woodson organized the first Negro History Week.

1939-1945 World War II: Stimulated changes in racial policies, increased need for black labour, white people became paranoid of the dangers of racism.

1954: Unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.”

1965: President Lyndon B. Johnson introduced new voting-rights legislation. Malcom X assassinated.

1970S: Malcom X’s ideas become popular.

20th Century to the present: Blacks make strides in culture, education, and politics. Thurgood Marshall becomes the first appointed black man to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2002, Halle Berry became the first African American actress to receive an Academy Award.

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