Episode

Events in the American Black experience that include people, places, items, and timelines.

Trayvon Martin killed


Trayvon Benjamin Martin

*On this date in 2012, Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida.

Martin was a 17-year-old African American high school student. Zimmerman, a 28-year-old mixed-race Hispanic man was the neighborhood watch coordinator for the gated community where Martin was temporarily living and where the shooting took place. Zimmerman killed Martin, who was unarmed, during an altercation between the two. Responding to an earlier call from Zimmerman, police arrived on the scene within two minutes of the shooting.

African history in India, a brief history


AfricanMerchant in India

*Republic Day in India is on this date from 1950. Many people throughout this country celebrate and affirm when India's constitution came into force completing the country's transition toward becoming an independent republic.

Reparations urged for American slavery

*On this date in 2016, A United Nations working group visiting the United States walks away "extremely concerned about the human rights situation of African Americans," members said in a preliminary report released, in which they urged the US government to address the legacy of slavery with "reparatory justice," a national human rights commission, and ongoing criminal justice reform.

St. Augustine, Florida founded


Plaza de la Constitucion

*On this date in 1565, St. Augustine, Florida was founded with the first arrival of black African slaves to North America. On that date Spaniard Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles came ashore and named a stretch of land near the inlet in honor of Augustine, a saint of the Roman Catholic Church.

The city of Los Angeles founded

*On this date in 1781, the city of Los Angeles was founded. This episode is part of African American history and heritage.

Immigration and Nationality Act signed


LBJ signing, NYC

*On this date in 1965, the Immigration and Nationality Act was signed into law. Enacted on June 30, 1968 it is also known as the Hart–Celler Act. This law is one of the lesser-known triumphs of the 20th century civil rights movement.

Oberlin Wellington Rescue happens


Oberlin Wellington Rescuers

*On this date in 1858, the Oberlin Wellington Rescue occurred. Taking place in Lorain County, Ohio, this was a key episode in the history of the abolitionist movement in the United States.

Nine Blacks murdered by White man during bible study

*On this date in 2015, a white man attending a bible study at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina shot nine African Americans to death.

Shockoe Bottom is preserved

*On this date in 1983, Shockoe Bottom was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Between the late 17th century and the end of the American Civil War in 1865, the area played a major role in the history of slavery in the United States, serving as the second largest slave trading center in the country, second to New Orleans.

Fultz Quadtriplets born


Fultz Quads at the White House

*The Fultz Quadruplets were born on this date in 1946. They were the first identical Black quad babies born in the United States.